An idea I worked at developing in Lapland was a cooking stand for my Crusader cup. It needed to be a simple design and quick to construct from natural materials. This was my simplest design but works very well.
I cut a piece of Hazel with a branch coming from it, pointed the bottom of the Hazel to push it in the ground and cut the branch down to a short stub.
I had to reduce the thickness of the stem (the exact shape of this turned out to be quite important, but more about that later)
so that it fits between the gap in the cup handles as you can see here.
and the base of the cup sits on the branch stub
Here are I am cooking with Sterno gel (does anyone else find this this stuff will not bring water to the boil?)
and here I have a small fire
Now when cooking for a longer period of time the stub can burn through, but during the making of this tutorial I discovered that if you shape the stem like this
the bottom of the cup handle sits on the wider base of the stem and removes the need for the branch stub. So this is my improved design
I used it today while at our green woodworking group meeting. I set it up and gathered some embers from the main fire to make a brew
and later used a slightly different designto cook my lunch
Thanks to Edd for these pictures
Why not experiment with my design yourself!