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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby MATTHYS » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:37 pm

For 2 sessions, not sure (depends on how hungry you and your guests are), but why not buy 2 bags of wood and start the second fire a half an hour later, Horrace ?
I love sitting next to the fire and absorbing the night sounds after eating anyway.
Sorry for not being absolutely sure, but it is actually my SO that does the braaing :wink: and I am a the more deadly of the species... a female.
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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby billyf » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:45 pm

Horrace, if you are worried about the coals lasting 2 sessions of braaiing, start the first lot as soon as the coals are ready, and with the grid set quite high. Braai quickly turning your meat often. Then lower the grid as your coals start cooling down
Don't buy wood from vendors along the road outside the park, only from reputable shops outside or inside the park.
Steak likes hot fires, lamb and pork chops a bit cooler, chicken takes the longest to braai.

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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby Horrace » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:47 pm

Thanx for the replies, will definitely give it a go taking all of the above into account. Only problem is that I'm on only due in Kruger next month...

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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby RobertT » Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:06 pm

I also use a few bricketts in my wood fire, hard wood needs a lot of heat to burn quickly to make coals, so I try keep it as compact as possible, then when coals are ready open it. Should quite easily last for 2 sessions then.

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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby moobox » Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:16 pm

You know, when I was in KNP in July last year, I made a wodd fire with KNP wood and it burnt like mad and made coals that lasted like forever. Then in December, I also bought wood in the shops and night after night my fire didnt burn so lekker and the coals fizzled out quick. So I think it is due to either one of two things. Maybe the wood is not so good or hard in the summer. Or maybe it had something to do with the promotion that was running for Black Label Draught.

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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby Albert » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:46 am

Horrace,
As said before: light the fire about an hour (at least) before you want to braai. The coals will be plenty for 6 - 8 people. I have on occasion found, in the morning, live coals in the ashes of the previous night's fire. As a result I now make sure I put the fire out with water before I retire.
Just one thing; in many cases the firewood you get in the park are (very) large pieces of (very) hard wood. Unless you have an axe with you it is difficult to get some smaller pieces to help start the fire. I now chop some kameeldoring into smaller pieces (at home) and make small bundles of those to use as kindling in the park. Works like a charm.
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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby isinkwe » Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:32 pm

lemonbalm wrote:Ok, so I'm not the correct gender for the braaing thing, but in our family I am the pyrotechnic. What I do, because I hate the taste blits and the like give your meat, is to buy some not-so-good quality wood from the hardware store up the road, and start with newspaper and that - I have found this wood to light easily and burn quickly but gives no coals, so I then add Kruger bought wood (or other good quality hard wood) which takes easier because the firs is going. :D Then, when there are coals, I leave 1-2 logs to burn around the edge of the fire so they can replenish the coals as I go along (obviously, carefully positioned so as not to burn the meat I'm cooking at the time).

Now I shall let the men rip my techniques to shreds... :whistle:


ImageImage Well done to you lemonbalm, I do very much the same as you on my "man" braai Image, Don't think there is a man out there that would" rip your technique to shreds" You GO Girl :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

One of my Lower Sabie fires :D :D

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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby MATTHYS » Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:36 pm

We will need pics as proof of you getting it right, Horrace :wink:
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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:41 pm

:hmz: If they still sell ironwood in Skuk, you might want to start the fire 3 days before you want to eat.......
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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby isinkwe » Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:32 pm

Horrace wrote:Thanx for all the excellent advice. Tinder, an axe, staggered braaing and hopefully a fire like Isinkwe's and I'll be cooking :P


That's the spirit Horrace, something like this :D

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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby pnm » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:55 pm

Lemonbalm, I am with you all the way. I am a South African man and regard myself as far more intelligent than other men because from the start of our 33 marriage my SO has done all the braaiing and done so extremely well. My task is to stand around, give advice and then be told to go away. All in all a most satisfactory arrangement.

A braai is so versatile - here is what I did after my SO realised she had not packed a pot - I am quite happy cooking so I did the boiled eggs in my patented egg boilers. For me it is a point of pride to "make a plan" when something is missing rather than buy it. One can fashion anything out of "bloudraad' including a new carburettor for a car. ("Bloudraad" for our overseas readers is thick fencing wire that is used to fix everything and can often be seen holding bits of cars together).

Here is my SO doing the toasted sandwiches and boerewors. Note that we are using charcoal.

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Here are my two jam tin egg boilers.

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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby MATTHYS » Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:05 pm

LOVE your jam tin egg boilers, Pnm 8) !
You keep well too :D
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Re: Wood Fire- a stupid question (or 2)

Unread postby isinkwe » Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:40 am

pnm wrote: so I did the boiled eggs in my patented egg boilers.


Image Now there is a brilliant idea pnm. Image
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Re: We, the Braai Masters of the SA Parks.

Unread postby Munchkin » Sun May 04, 2014 6:55 pm

:shock: The morning after breakfast braai!
Open a tin of All Gold Mexican Style Diced Tomatoes. Mix and fry it with the leftovers from the night before. (Salad not included) - Fry onions with cut up left over meat, wors, mielie kernels, tomats, potatoes, etc - serve with toast... Lekker! :D
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Re: We, the Braai Masters of the SA Parks

Unread postby JenB » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:20 am

For those who enjoy *pap en sous* with their braai.

Microwave the dry maze meal on high, stirring occasionally. It takes about 10 min to cook, it smells a lot like popcorn when done.
Take the cooked meal with you in an airtight container.

No more stirring the pot for hours, it cooks up in 3 minutes!

A friend showed me this at our last camping braai and I think it's rather nifty! 8)

* Maze porridge and gravy, very South African. (Not for the Capetonians tho! :lol: )
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