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Think like a scout: How hot is your cooking fire?

If you’re cooking over a fire, use this rule of thumb for checking the heat level.
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February 05, 2018 05:32 PM

Cooking on grill or stove is easy when dials are marked with numbers or categories indicating the heat level. But what about cooking on a campfire? It’s easier than you think.

If you’re cooking over a fire, use this rule of thumb for checking its heat level: Once the coals are gray, put your hand 4 inches above the grilling grate. If you can’t keep it there more than 3 seconds, that’s a hot fire. If you can hold it there 3 to 4 seconds, consider it medium, and if you can stay longer than 5 seconds, that’s low heat.

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