Where I camp, I must carry a shovel with me (and a bucket of water) when having a campfire. They're also great for digging drainage around your tent as you mentioned. A few stories on here where that drainage had saved them from having a soggy night. You mentioned removing food. I wonder if someone could answer this. Is it possible to cook on a shovel without ruining the temper? This would only be for the all metal shovels of course. A nice surface to fry an omelet on.