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Old 06-05-2007, 11:39 AM
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I ran accross this at a garden store in Sedona. At first I thought it was a fireplace but it has some sort of grill in it. Any clues??

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Old 06-05-2007, 12:29 PM
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Umm, let's see. I've got it: mature pet rock. Am I close ?

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Old 06-05-2007, 05:55 PM
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Two story Chihuahua condo?




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Old 06-05-2007, 07:44 PM
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Both great guesses - but I am still at a loss. If it is a grill, it looks like a pain in the ass to use. That's probably why there was only one and it's still for sale.

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Old 06-05-2007, 08:12 PM
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maybe a crude attempt at a Tuscan grill? Or it could just be the pet rock, wearing a 'stovepipe' hat.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:27 PM
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It's a grill. Works awsome. I was invited a couple of friends houses in Tuscany & thats how they barbeued. Start a fire behind the grill plate & drag the hot embers forward as you need more heat. An ash pan in front collects the spent embers.
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:37 AM
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I thought those tended to be open on the top, or at most had a hood -- rather than a tight dome. Very interesting.

Here is a commercial Tuscan grill, where they have a cast iron grate it the back to hold the wood fire, and as Balty says -- they pull the coals forward. It shows wear and tear, but you get the idea.

http://www.fornobravo.com/pizza_oven...ce-grill1.html

I am thinking of building something like that. We could move this thread into the Grill category. :-)
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:26 AM
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I would think that tight dome would be a hindrance to cooking - of course most of us (including me) manipulate the food far too much on an open grill anyway. My burgers have mad a quantum leap forward in taste since I started following the "touch-it-only-twice" rule (once to flip and once to remove).

Still that thing looks too low for getting at the food and too open to act as a heat reflector. Curious.
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If you build it, they will buy it!

There are a lot of consumers out there!!
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:33 PM
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If they build it, I will probably buy it!
Over the years I seem to have accrued a great assortment of outdoor cooking devices and barbecues. Stashed in the garden shed somewhere is a little foldaway grill I once bought called the "Ecology Barbecue" which used just scrunched up balls of newspaper.
It worked on the principle of falling fat from the food kept the paper burning. As you cooked you just kept adding balls of paper occasionally. It worked quite well, especially with things like sausages and lamb chops.
Every time I used it at a picnic friends would be amazed at how well and quickly it would work.
I must see if it is still in the shed.
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