Lately, I've been thinking of a lighter, smaller way to cook with out in the woods. I have a sheet metal stove that works great, but it's not the lightest thing. I want to use wood for fuel since I'll never run out, and am realizing that I don't really need an actual "stove" since I can make a "box" out of logs, rocks, dig a hole, etc... I was thinking about the Purcell Trench grills http://www.purcelltrench.com/index.htm and like them a lot. but I was also wondering about using just regular mild steel as I have lots of it, and can weld. My concern is about cooking directly on rusted mild steel? For heating water, or anything with a container, mild steel would work grate (see what I did there...) but I know the heat and moisture will cause it to rust eventually, and what if I wanted to cook a steak or something on it? I'm thinking maybe about seasoning it with oil or something...? but I'm not a big grill guy so I don't know about that... Any suggestions? I know I could just use Green wood like this: But I like the idea of the steel better. I'm also thinking that maybe I should just bring along like 5 pieces of mild steel rod, like 3/16" thick and 15" long, then just put them across some rocks or logs over the fire. It wouldn't take up hardly any space, and should be fairly light still. I could even carve notches in the logs to hold them in place. I know Purcell sells "stix" of SS tubing which is also an option that I might go with as tubing should even be lighter than the solid steel rods that I have in my shop, and I wouldn't have to deal with rusting issues. Here's an old thread that a member here posted on them. http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/2-5-oz-campfire-grill.70014/ I really like the split ring design, but I'd like it with multiple sticks for grilling. I do know about the copper pipe/bike spoke grill too, but I don't think the copper pipes are even really needed. I suppose I could just use bike spokes though... Are they stainless steel? Anyone else do anything like this?