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Offline bearthedog

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Overnighter-Late Steamed Winter Fish!
« on: March 10, 2017, 11:02:43 PM »
I wanted to get another overnighter in while the temperatures were still low. Low was 26F and I used only a long-fire to sleep next to, which requires a lot of time to process wood. Lots of wood!
Winter nights are long, dark is full-on at about 5:30 (late winter) and to keep warm that is about 14 hours of fire?!

I started with a modified log-cabin fire, which directly translates to?lazy man?s log-cabin fire.
I made the structure the same, but just put all the tinder, kindling at the bottom, and formed a tipi. 

Log-cabin fire?s always heat my water and form coals for cooking?fast.

Scandinavian Steamed Fish?

I took a hatchet and got some maple chips?

Then I laid the chips at the bottom of a pan, placed spruce and pine needles on top, then added water. I placed the fish on the bed of needles, added water to the bottom and set over the coals. It took about 15 minutes to perfectly cook the fish?

Added a healthy dose of Buckweat for a real Scandi meal!


Lots of wood is needed to sleep near a long-fire. Not only large logs, but lots of kindling to brand up the fire once it dies and you wake in the night or early morning hours. Just throwing logs on a bed of coals in the 20s just won?t do it. It is super important to surround the bed/sleeping area with logs for fuel and small fuel to throw on during the night.

Red Beans & Rice was supper.

At 5:30 I knew it was time to start the fire, which would need to burn until 7 am-ish.

It is common to have up to 6 logs on at a time to throw heat onto my pole bed, which was one-step away from the fire, sometimes closer.

Left over

I woke up about 4 times to add wood, and was able to fall back to sleep with no problem!

Morning view!

Offline Pennsylvania Mike

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Re: Overnighter-Late Steamed Winter Fish!
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2017, 06:06:36 AM »
Another great winter adventure.
Prepared for the worse, hope for the best.

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Re: Overnighter-Late Steamed Winter Fish!
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2017, 11:14:24 AM »
Nice photos Bear.  That is a great camp and the food looks delicious. 
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Re: Overnighter-Late Steamed Winter Fish!
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 04:26:33 PM »
Looks like so much fun... :)
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Offline Gunnarsson

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Re: Overnighter-Late Steamed Winter Fish!
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2017, 10:48:22 AM »
I like your lazy man?s log-cabin fire!