How to Make a Burn Bowl | Survival Skills

How to Make a Burn Bowl | Survival Skills

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How to Make a Burn Bowl | Survival Skills

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Learn how to make a burn bowl from NYC Outward Bound instructor Marko Yurachek in this wilderness survival skills video from Howcast.

If you had a pot it would be easy to cook. If you have a nice campfire, a nice cooking fire, sometimes you might find yourself without a pot. If you don’t have a pot you’re going to need to improvise and make a bowl.

The bowl that I’ve made right here, or I’m making, is called a burn bowl. It’s made by taking pieces of coal, putting them in the bowl, blowing on them until you get a fire. And what’s going to happen, and what you can see is happening, is that that’s slowly going to burn out the bottom of the bowl.

This could take a while, so you can get one or two burn bowls going. It’s nice to have a couple bowls. I have a second bowl that’s sitting right up behind me. And you have one bowl that’s filled with water. You can dip your hot rock in it and it’ll clean it off. Then take that rock and put it in another bowl, and instead of drinking charcoal-y water you’ll drink clean water. So this is a good way to get things boiling and a way to make a nice bowl.

Now once you get your charcoal in your bowl and it starts to burn away the bottom, and I’m just going to dump this out to show you, you’re going to want to scrape the bottom away. And if you can see, all that freshly burned area is scraping out. I’m scraping it right now with an antler. You can use a rock. You can use a stick. Most of this bowl was scraped with a stick, but I’m using this antler right now just to get the last few pieces of ash out of the bottom.

So our bowl is going to get deeper, and rounder, and nicer. At the very end you can take a rock or sand, put sand in the bottom, and then take a piece of deer hide or a piece of your shirt and rub it with the sand in the bottom. That’s sort of like sandpaper and you can sand it out to a pretty smooth surface. On this one I used pumice, so I used a volcanic rock to sand it out.

So, you can get a nice bowl that will give you the ability to eat, store water, cook with water, and that’s kind of what it looks like in the process. And that’s a little bit further along in the process.


  1. Do you/can you show how to cook with one..??

  2. John Lee Pettimore

    Very Good Stuff.

  3. Cesar Pinedo S.

    Great idea..congrats..

  4. Very good idea!!! I would like to see a non survivalist try to cook with just these though! LOL, that would be funny!!! People are so lazy, stupid, and spoiled figuring that out would hurt their brains! But that gives people like us a fighting chance, huh…

  5. Where do I get that huge block of wood to start with??

  6. and also u need circular or chainsaw just to make a log for the pot

  7. mrwaterfighter1

    What's the best way to get the bowl started? Should I dig it out with a edge stone first to hold the charcoal?

  8. Pompeius Magnus

    I wonder, will the charred bowl naturally filter out your water to a certain extent?

  9. This is an awesome idea, thanks for sharing…wow…if I get caught somewhere unexpected, then I can do this….great idea.

  10. I don't think people got the point. Everyone knows its easier to carry a pot with you, but your not always lucky you might be in a plane crash or be shipwrecked maybe your car broke down in the middle of no where or you might loose your kit and you have no pot to cook with then what are you going to do? 

  11. Or you know you could just take a pot with you it's really not that heavy and for you who is going to say omg you are a spoiled brat who gets every thing no not really every year me my grand dad and brother go to this place called femunds marka in norway and we walk 15 kilometers to a cabin and we stay there for a week with only the food we carried and fish

  12. Guyss check out my chennal it teach some making fire tooooooooooo

  13. stephen cristinzio

    I know how to make a bread bowl

  14. stephen cristinzio

    Burn this !!!!!!

  15. stephen cristinzio

    Who really makes burn bowls??? Wack jobs

  16. I need to make one of these next outing. If you're near a creek you can just submerge the bowl and toss some sand in their to smooth it out and clean it at the same time

  17. stephen cristinzio

    He is a real nerd

  18. stephen cristinzio

    Can u make a burn bong???

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