How do you make a braai fire ?
So, just because we make a braai 2 or 3 times a week we assume everyone knows how to make a braai fire.
Well, I recently was asked by a lady friend to show her the right way to make a fire in one of our braai's. Well in the convector grill to be exact.
The thing is that people generally go to a braai, and the fire is on when they arrive, so they never get to see how it is made, what starts the coals burning and how much wood it takes to get to the perfect fire.
We also are at a time where burning massive amounts of fossil fuel is becoming something that people are becoming more concerned about ....well some people !
We know there is nothing nicer that a "kom laat ons lekker braai en kuier" fire but the mood worldwide is less is more.
In a lot of international countries, open fires are frowned upon or in many cases not allowed !
Cooking fires need to be controlled and attended all the time and once your cooking task is done, many resorts are insisting that the fire is left to die and coals emptied out for fear of wild fires or injury.
Now in South Africa it is not as strictly controlled or managed but people are definitely becoming more conscious of burning excessive amounts of fossil fuel and also more aware of the risks that stray embers carried in the wind can have on the bush and forests around our beautiful country.
Over the recent years or so, many wild fires have cost millions of acres of forests and lots of homes to be lost.
Now, I am in no way blaming braai fires for this, however it has made the public a lot more aware of the damage that a stray ember can have.
Ok, so over with the conservation lecture !
With all of the Botany Stainless Steel Braai's we have tried to allow a good fire to be made, and suitably contained to give a great cooking and "kuier" experience.
We provide a section in the braai's where coals will burn, that is raised above the base of the braai to offer ventilation under the coals and also prevent any damage to the metal surface of the product. This is called a fire grid and is made in a mesh raised basket that fits into the base of the fire tray of the various products.
The other option available on some of our braai models is what is called a fire maker or ember maker.
This is used when using solid timber that is burned to create coals for the fire.
This section is fitting alongside the braai grid and once ready the coals drop down onto the lower fire level and can them be scraped under the grid to increase the heat under the food being cooked.
A lot of purists prefer to cook on hard wood fires
In the case of the convector grill, we have added three fire baskets to offer the same benefits but also to provide an option of where to have the heat in order to allow different cooking options.
If you look through ther pictures below this post you will see how heat can be set up in direct ( baskets close together ) or indirect mode ( baskets with a centre gap for slower roasting , pizza cooking and baking type meals.