How to Make Coffee Using a Percolating Coffee Pot over a Campfire

Two Methods:Make a Coal BedUse a Coffee Percolator

There is no longer a need for the coffee addict to dodge camping events. No more will the coffee lover have to invent unexpected business trips or new allergies. The campfire will now become a safe zone for all coffee lovers who need the escape from work, but not their much needed morning beverage. This how-to provides easy to follow steps for the two main processes. First, the how-to gives foolproof instructions on making a coal bed using a campfire. The second and most important part explains how to make coffee using a percolator. Never fear coffee lover, this how-to will help you survive the outdoors!

Method 1
Make a Coal Bed

  1. 1
    Buy or acquire all of the supplies above.
  2. 2
    Go to your backyard or campsite.
  3. 3
    Build a campfire
  4. 4
    Dig a second hole for coal bed (6 inches to 3/4 of a foot in diameter) using a shovel.
  5. 5
    Once coals are burning red from campfire, transfer coals via a shovel to coal bed.
  6. 6
    Once all coals are in coal bed start preparing the coffee percolator.

Method 2
Use a Coffee Percolator

  1. 1
    Unpack the coffee pot.
  2. 2
    Prepare the water
  3. 3
    Measure 6oz. of water per cup of coffee wanted into the coffee pot (Use measurements on coffee percolator to aid in measurements)
  4. 4
    Measure 2 tablespoons of coffee per 6oz of water into the basket.
  5. 5
    Securely place basket of coffee pot on stem.
  6. 6
    Place the basket cover on the basket
  7. 7
    Place the cover on the coffee pot tightly
  8. 8
    Set the coffee pot on the coal bed
  9. 9
    Wait for coffee to boil, but do not allow it to boil over
  10. 10
    Set mugs, milk, cream, sugar, and coffee on table
  11. 11
    Carefully remove coffee percolator and pour coffee into the mugs (wear heat resistant gloves).
  12. 12
    Add cream, milk, and sugar as preferred
  13. 13
    Drink the coffee with caution to prevent burns (enjoy)


  • Always wear heat resistant gloves when handling coffee pot and shovel.
  • Make sure to bury coals after use.
  • Always dig a safe distance away from flammable objects.


  • Coals will be extremely hot when transferring from fire, use extreme caution.
  • Do not inhale smoke.

Things You'll Need

  • Bonfire pit
  • Coals
  • Soil
  • Measuring tape
  • Shovel
  • Coffee (pre-ground)
  • Percolator coffee pot
  • Sugar (or other sweeteners)
  • Clean distilled water
  • Heat resistant gloves
  • Milk and cream
  • Mugs
  • Spoons (table) / stir sticks
  • Table
  • Measuring cup

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