You can now cook meat on the fire but you can also upgrade the fireplace into a makeshift oven. What you need to do is add a ‘stone’ to one of the loot spots on the fireplace. This will ‘upgrade’ the fireplace into a makeshift oven. The benefits of the oven over the fireplace are currently unclear but it’s most likely to do with the burning of meat.
Now you are ready to add your meat! The makeshift oven will have a few open slots, add as much meat as you like to these slots and you will see it slowly start to turn red. The meat cooks in real-time and it’s very easy to over-cook or burn your meat – so keep a close eye on it and remove it from the slot as soon as you see it is cooked. You can still eat burnt meat but the quality of the meat is questionable!
Optinal Method: Cooking with Gas!
There is another method to get a fire going which is slightly easier but requires different items. For this method you’ll need to find a ‘gas canister’ and a ‘gas stove’. Simply combine the two items to get a ‘gas cooker’. You can then place this gas cooker on the ground and select the ‘light cooker’ option while standing over it. You will see the stove is now turned on and it’s ready for you to place either a frying pan or a cooking pot onto. Once you’ve done this, you can right click on the container on the ground and place your meat inside. Cooking in this way is exactly the same as cooking on a makeshift oven, you need to keep a close eye on the meat to make sure it doesn’t burn.
This method definitely has it’s advantages as once you have cooked your meat you can turn off the gas stove, pick it up again and take it with you on your travels through Chernarus!