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Xabia Jim 04-13-2008 10:53 PM

Doing the top down
 
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Thanks to JP and his post with this link.... Top down

I tried the top down method...

The advantages of the top-down fire building method are:
minimal start-up smoke;
no chance that the fire will collapse and smother itself;
no need to open the loading door to add larger pieces once the kindling fire is established

I will add that there was a very even burn and relatively fast.

I started with large wood, one flat piece of paper on top to hold the small stuff, one crumple and a bunch of bits on the top...even some dry rosemary!

I'd say a thumbs up to doing the top down....

Xabia Jim 04-13-2008 10:55 PM

Re: Doing the top down
 
....where's the oven?

sorry......it's a fire for a paella....:)

probably twice as much wood as needed but it was my first time top down....

gjbingham 04-13-2008 11:27 PM

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I think you need bigger pieces at the bottom XJ. The first time is always a scary adeventure, regardless of what you are doing. ;)

Xabia Jim 04-13-2008 11:55 PM

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Originally Posted by gjbingham (Post 29576)
I think you need bigger pieces at the bottom XJ. The first time is always a scary adeventure, regardless of what you are doing. ;)

for the oven, absolutely right George...add big wood under the stack.

but for the paella, all I want are some coals, and quickly! then I just keep the fire burning with a few sticks....

gjbingham 04-14-2008 12:11 AM

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How about a cooking vid XJ? I couldn't guess my way to paella, even though I've had it several times.

Xabia Jim 04-14-2008 01:02 AM

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Originally Posted by gjbingham (Post 29580)
How about a cooking vid XJ? I couldn't guess my way to paella, even though I've had it several times.

George I don't vid, yet

Paella....it's much easier than you think and very forgiving...you just need a good soup stock and then go for it!

Xabia Jim 04-14-2008 01:03 AM

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NOW....how about a vid on being a stay at home dad...

my daughter has twins, just crawling last week.....

Frances 04-14-2008 01:09 AM

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Hey Jim, I've been making stock since you posted your paella recipe... I haven't used any yet, but still...

talisker63 04-14-2008 01:10 AM

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I did a top down yesterday in the WFO - perfect. Minimal smoke and faster startup. I was really surprised at how well is caught on.

Acoma 04-18-2008 04:20 PM

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Doing the top down method right now. It is so much better than starting with sticks, then moving to logs. I love this, and now, I need to perfect it:)


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