One of the reasons for picking Tyn Cornel, near Bala in Wales, as our campsite was that it offered use of a firepit. This was a solid affair but didn’t come with a grill to cook on. We had brought our own but it was too small to cover the required area. That represented a problem… or an opportunity to exercise some ingenuity.
As well as the hatchet we take on camping trips, we always carry a small saw with a retractable blade in the car. Its main purpose is to help us deal with ad hoc wood-gathering opportunities but it also gives a tool for impromptu woodworking. I took three of the split logs from the bag of wood we had purchased at the site and cut notches in them. I am not a skilled cabinet maker but my wood butchery skills were adequate and, as you can see from the photo, this created a decent support for the grill.
I had to keep the coals away from the flammable supports but they served well for the two sessions where we needed them. The sausages – chorizo and pork from a local butcher – weren’t bad either.