Smudge Pot

smudge pot

Smudge pots are a way of life at the field school in June and July. Take a metal coffee can, punch a few holes in it, attach a piece of chain to the rim and keep a small, smoky fire going. The smoke keeps the bugs at bay. It’s getting harder to find a metal coffee can as most companies have gone to plastic or cardboard, but they are still available, if not common. Learning how to keep a smudge pot smoking for hours without it bursting into flame is a foundational skill.


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  • Marlo

    Okay, I can’t let this ‘vital savior’ go by .. can you do pictures or quick video on all then nuances of how to build/hole size, and types of smoke materials of what works, doesn’t and how to avoid flare ups.
    If not, I understand.. I appreciate all the work you do and share.
    Thanks Again,

  • Hi Marlo. We take a coffee can, punch a bunch of holes in the bottom with a church key can opener, light a fire to get some hot coals in the bottom, then smother the coals or fire with green fir boughs or green grass, or whatever is available that’s green. If that doesn’t answer your questions shoot me an email and we’ll do a video on it.
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