Cook hotter and faster with a Dakota fire hole.
This contained, underground fire uses less wood than a traditional camp fire and also burns longer and hotter with the same amount of fuel.
See how to make one below.
The small, concentrated heat source of a Dakota fire hole doesn’t radiate a lot of warmth, so it’s not ideal to sit around and sing camp songs. Nonetheless, it’s great for cooking.
Plus, cleanup is a breeze: just push the dirt from digging the holes back into the pit to extinguish the flames and leave no trace of your presence.
The only thing to watch out for is that the wood may shift as it burns down, which could spill your cooking pot if it is resting on top. The video poster recommends using a wet stick as a cooking platform to counteract that.
Since the fire in a Dakota fire hole is contained underground and there is relatively little smoke, Native Americans were able to use this method to build stealthy cooking fires.