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Typically, we've used the normal tripod pot-hanger when campfire-cooking, but several years ago at a mountain man outing, I came across a pot-hanger design that was new to me. Filed it away in memory, and a while back I got out the forge and made one up. (Everybody has a blacksmith forge, right? They're like a label-maker - once you have one, you find all kinds of things to use it for.)

It's a simple design, made from just two steel bars. Not able to support as much weight as the tripod version, but still stouter than you'd think, and a whole lot lighter to carry around.

Finished product looks like this:



This is the connection. Simply a friction attachment, but as long as the fit is snug, the more weight on the arm, the tighter it grabs. By tilting up the far end of the arm, tension is removed, and it can be adjusted infinitely to any height along the upright pole. The 'pinched' end on the curl is where I cut it on the anvil; on the larger stock used for the upright, I cheated a bit & used the portable bandsaw:



For the upright, I used 5/8" cold steel, and the horizontal arm is made from 3/8". The ones I saw in use were 3/8" for both pieces, but I made my upright longer than those (to give more height-adjustment room), and so used larger stock for it. The upright is 48" long and the arm is just over a foot:



Little better pic of the arm. The attachment point is just bent like an oversize safety pin, and the slight dip in the middle of the shaft helps to stiffen the arm some when weight is hanging on it:



The ground-driven end, just hot-hammered to a very rough point for driving:



The top end. I hammer-chamfered it a little, simply to avoid (or at least delay) the flow-spreading of metal that repeated hammering will eventually cause. (The spreading of metal commonly seen at the top of cold chisels.)


This was simply to make it so the arm can be installed & removed after the upright is driven; if the top of the upright is rolled or spread, the arm would have to be installed from the ground end, before driving. Not a critical thing, really more of a convenience thing.

This design was new to me when I first saw it a few years ago; I can't claim it as my idea. (It may be familiar to a lot of folks, but I hadn't encountered it before that campout several years ago.) If someone wanted to save a few pounds on their campfire-cooking gear, this style is worth considering, if you're not going to be hanging super-heavy pots on it.

(Plus, any excuse to crank up the forge is always welcome... :) )
 

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