On the plains the only available fuel was dried buffalo droppings. These buffalo chips burnt fast. It would take a bushel full or more to prepare a meal. Prior to our game paper mache chips were hidden along the trail. Travelers who spotted the chips were rewarded with food.
if you ever need to make your own buffalo chips here’s how I did it.
drained off as much water as possible. mixed the paper pulp with flour paste with a bit of salt added to prevent mold, and brown paint. I sprinkled straw on a plastic drop cloth and dropped handfuls of the paper mache’ on top of the straw. I allowed them to sit in the sun until completely dry.