[Spit-Project] Portable hearth test

Rosalyn Johnson rjohnson at cfsa.org
Mon Jul 30 18:27:32 PDT 2007

It was custom built by a blacksmith here in the West by the name of Crimson. He makes them to order. If you are interested, he can be contacted at crimsonkil at lycos.com. Mine is the fifth one he has done.

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	From: spit-project-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org on behalf of Julie Fenters 
	Sent: Mon 7/30/2007 6:05 PM 
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	Subject: Re: [Spit-Project] Portable hearth test

	Ooo!  Is this one you've made, or is it obtainable at stores?
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	From: Rosalyn Johnson [mailto:rjohnson at starstream.net]
	Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2007 8:54 PM
	To: spit-project at lists.ansteorra.org
	Subject: [Spit-Project] Portable hearth test
	I fired up my new portable hearth yesterday and it performed splendidly. The
	open shape allowed for a good fire with lots of coals for dutch oven
	cooking. I did a sautéed  and simmered chicken dish (Chicken Ambrogino) and
	it worked out well, as I could move the embers where I needed them and move
	the pan away from the fire completely. I also did pan de campo (a griddle
	bread) and that worked fine too.
	I expect charcoal briquettes would be okay, and I may actually have
	briquettes at one end and a wood fire at the other, for faster and slower
	cooking dishes respectively, depending on what’s on the menu.
	Set up and take down went fine, though I need a little more practice to get
	up to speed. I just brushed the ashes out with a whisk broom into a bucket.
	Because we were cooking on my concrete driveway, I wasn’t able to use my
	spit (nothing to pound it into), but I’m aiming for trying it out at an
	event at the end of the month.
	Except for a slight discoloration due to heat, the firepit was none the
	worse for wear. Hinges worked fine and there was no “leakage” of ash onto
	the ground below.
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