Using Your Fire bowl
A fire bowl will look after itself with minimal maintenance as there are no moving parts and it is a simple sturdy design. The bowl is made from recycled oil drums which have the benefit of being a high grade steel that lasts well in all weathers and can be left outside but we would recommend bringing it under cover for the winter to extend its life span. It will take on a natural rust finish which requires no maintenance.
The grills have been pre-coated with cooking oil that has been heated to cure them similar to a wok. After use it is advisable to clean the grills with a wire brush and hot soapy water, dry with a cloth and store in a dry place.
Instructions for use
To avoid the fire bowls filling up with rain water when not in use we have fitted a removable gauze filter to the base. Cover this with 5cm to 10cm of coarse sand evenly spread out over the bottom. This will not only help retain heat for improved cooking but will also separate the water from the ash so that only near clean water comes out the bottom.
When the ash bed has built up or if it is damp and you want to light your fire bowl scoop out the ash and any dirty sand and replace with fresh dry sand. Place you charcoal on the sand and light in the normal way. The grills are supplied in two parts for ease of cleaning and should be crossed over each other and placed in the bowl.
When you have finished barbequing lift out the grills with the tongs provided and add small pieces of wood to get the fire going. It might smoke a little until the flames take hold then add more wood and enjoy!
- Regular vegetable oiling of the grills and engine oil for the bowl will keep them in good condition. Please burn off the engine oil before barbequing next time
- The grills can become sticky from the vegetable oil but this will burn off on their first use
- The amount of sharp sand at the base can be varied according to numbers eating, to reduce the amount of charcoal required
- Use natural firelighters to get the charcoal or wood going
- The centre of the grill is the hottest area and the outside edge is perfect for keeping food warm
- After barbequing add the wood as soon as possible to convert to a fire bowl
- Only burn very dry wood to avoid excessive smoke
- Periodically wire wool the bowl, stand and tongs to remove any loose rust
- The handles should remain cool enough to move the Fire Bowl to a different location after barbequing.