Beach Bonfires

MISC Tips and Tricks
 

We often do beach bonfires** during our trips and we often try to cook using chicken wire suspended by rebars. While this is a time tested technique, it can't support that much weight before it bends and caves in. If you have some more serious cooking and wish you had a stovetop, try a cinder block! I bought one for $1.50 at home depot! Place it above the fire, make sure its level and secure, place pan (I like my iron skillet) on the block. The fire goes up through the hole and cooks the food. Careful, the block will get extremely hot and may cause your gloves to smoke. We threw our hot block into the ocean and it cracked as it cooled. After 10 minutes it was ready to take back home and into the garbage.

With our upcoming Gracepoint Los Angeles church plant, there are plenty of beaches near UCLA that might lead to some fun outings this fall.

**please check local laws before starting a bonfire. Not all beaches allow bonfires and the last thing you want is police to kick you off. Fellowship killer.

18 comments:

susan said...

thanks for the tip!
once we find a beach out here in Minnesota, we'll be sure to take our cinder block along!

Chris said...

Thanks for the tip!

Marcus said...

FYI for LA team: there are almost no beaches in LA where bonfires are allowed. The one exception (which, fortunately for you all, is close to UCLA) is Dockweiler Beach.

tomkim said...

Thanks Marcus!

myra said...

that's really cool. I love bonfire food

Ray said...

Thats a great tip. Thanks Tom!

Anonymous said...

How much wood would you recommend to bring?

Anonymous said...

The nearest beach for Gracepoint Austin can be found about 100 miles away. ;)

Anonymous said...

thanks tom. in austin, all you need is the block and pan. let the sun cook the food.

Anonymous said...

It's the same issue at Gracepoint Davis. No beach unless we drive down to the Bay or Bodega Bay.

Anonymous said...

The cinderblock technique worked great! Much simpler than setting up chicken wire.

Timothy So said...

For some reason, the image of Tom throwing a flaming cinder block into the ocean doesn't seem out of the ordinary

jenyen said...

Thanks for this post! Maybe Riverside can try it out next time we do our beach bonfire trip at Huntington Beach!

Anonymous said...

I want to visit the Dockweiler Beach when I go to Gracepoint Los Angeles.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully you'll be able to have many memory-making moments by a bonfire

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with Tim!

tomkim said...

I agree too

Anonymous said...

We tried it last week by putting a grill grate over the brick. It worked great!