Saturday, August 3, 2013

Light My Fire

I've barbecued a lot of ribs, hamburgers and chicken in my time, but I never stopped to think where the charcoal came from, other than from a nice bag at the grocery store. Out here in the farmland, however, there are small corners of land where the owners of trees that have to be trimmed can sell their wood to the charcoal burners. These people layer the wood carefully and then cover it all with wet straw. The wood and straw are then covered with a layer of dirt and old charcoal and the wood is set alight. It burns very slowly over a number of days and then the fire is put out. When everything is cool, the mounds are opened and the charcoal is taken out and put into bags, but usually old feed bags out here.  And that's how they do it.


Cloudia said...

Well shown - described

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Star said...

There are very few Italians left who do this for a living. What's the advantage of a charcoal fire? Is it just because it's lighter to carry, or does it also burn better?

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

Charcoal burns more evenly than wood and is used a lot in the coffee shops for shisha.

brattcat said...

thank you. i had no idea it was done this way.

William Kendall said...

Ah, that explains the process!

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