January 13, 2015

MAKING A HOT BED OF COALS

Sometimes a good, solid, hot bed of coals is exactly what is needed for a campfire. Perhaps it is because you would like to make a cobbler or maybe baked potatoes in tinfoil. Or, perhaps you just want to gaze into the hot, flickering depths of a solid bed of coals while you sit around the fire late into the evening. Whatever the case, there will definately be times when you want to have that steady heat, and here is how to do.

Build your fire VERY hot. Once it is going, fill Ablaze all the way to the top with criss-crossing layers of split hardwood (maple, cherry, apple, oak, ash, hickory, etc). This will create a mini-bonfire that will quickly stack up coals at its base. As the fire begins to burn through the stack of hardwood, add a second series of layers, the same way as the first. Now, stop adding wood. Allow the first and second layers to burn completely down. What will be left is about 4-6 inches of red hot embers at the bottom of the fire pit.

Because Ablaze contains and maintains heat very well (due to its double-walled construction), the coals will lay in a shimmering bed at the base, and a STEADY flow of heat will radiate upwards.

 

Now, once the coals have stabilized and there is more open flame, you are ready to start cooking! Remember, this heat is more much even and less intense than direct flame. For steaks, chops, and other direct-grilling items, you probably want Ablaze to be burning HOT when you are cooking. The bed of coals is better suited to baking, stewing and slow-cooking.