A Homemade Campfire Grill Grate

by Tom King
If you use your campfire for cooking, you'll need a grill.

If you use your campfire for cooking, you'll need a grill.

A simple homemade campfire grill grate can be as simple as a metal mesh laid across a three or four handy rocks or as complex as a lightweight, foldup backpackable wire grate with adjustable legs. Usable home-made models are best if kept simple, quick to assemble and lightweight. Here is a simple home-built model you can put together with simple tools and some leftover rebar.

Assembling the Grill

Take the hardware cloth, eye bolts and 2 foot pieces of rebar to a local welding shop.

Cut the hardware cloth to size if it's not already 2 feet by 2 feet.

Have the steel rebar welded to the outside edges of the square hardware cloth.

Have the 4 eye bolts welded to the corners of the square.

File off rough edges and paint the assembly with heat resistant paint.

Assembling the Tripod

Stand up the three long rebar legs.

Slip the ring over the end of the legs and hold it about 6 inches below the top. Spread the legs apart so they press against the rings and create a secure tripod over the campfire.

Lay the two chains across the top of the ring between the legs. The chains should be folded at the center so you have 4 lengths of chain hanging down.

Loop the "S" hooks through the chain at the desired height above the fire. Attach the other end of the hooks through the eye bolts at the corner of the grated assembly.

Build a fire beneath the hanging grate and put your cooking pots or meat you want to grill on the grate. This is a very effective campfire grate method because you can adjust the height above the fire by moving the hooks higher or lower on the chains.

Items you will need

  • 3 pieces of 1/2-inch steel rebar, 4 to 5 feet long
  • Steel ring large enough to fit all three rebar pieces through the hole
  • 2 pieces of light chain 6 feet long
  • 4 "S" hooks small enough to hook through the chain
  • Heavy duty steel hardware cloth, 2 feet by 2 feet
  • 4 pieces of rebar 2 foot by 2 foot, 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 small eye bolts, small enough for the "S" hooks


  • Set up the tripod and grill before you build a fire.
  • For a cooking fire, use less wood for a smaller fire so you don't burn everything.
  • Use long handled barbecue tools for cooking to avoid burning your hands.

About the Author

Tom King published his first paid story in 1976. His book, "Going for the Green: An Insider's Guide to Raising Money With Charity Golf," was published in 2008. He received gold awards for screenwriting at the 1994 Worldfest Charleston and 1995 Worldfest Houston International Film Festivals. King holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Southwestern Adventist College.

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