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Old October 27th, 2008, 05:52 AM
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Default Lighting up coals in a cooking vessel seems to work better

Ok, so i tried this and it worked a lot better than the traditional method. My mom was tired of me ashing the cooker so i had to come up with something else. What i did was take an old cooking vessel (quite thin) and put it on the stove(i have a traditional one, not with electricity, but gas) and let the coals heat up on the parts of the bottom of the cooking vessel that went bright red. the result was coals getting lit a lot faster and a lot more uniformly(i usualy had to flip them one or two times so the flame could catch them on all sides). Has anyone else tried this?
p.s.: haven't seen this in any thread, hope i'm not duping some old one

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Old October 27th, 2008, 07:47 AM
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Default Re: Lighting up coals in a cooking vessel seems to work better

what do you mean by a vessel? like a pan?
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Old October 27th, 2008, 08:00 AM
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Default Re: Lighting up coals in a cooking vessel seems to work better

i used something like these http://www.emalion.ro/images/12esk.jpg
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Default Re: Lighting up coals in a cooking vessel seems to work better

Yh i used to light it like that before but it just lft marks on the bottoms ans stained it, so i stoppped and just let my mum clean it
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Old October 27th, 2008, 03:16 PM
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Default Re: Lighting up coals in a cooking vessel seems to work better

that's why i'm using one that i don't need anymore
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Old October 27th, 2008, 03:20 PM
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Default Re: Lighting up coals in a cooking vessel seems to work better

yep i have heard of people doing that (especially with the flat top, but it takes longer on them). coals only should need 451* F (being the flash point of wood/paper) and if the metal is getting red hot it is probably at least 1000*F, and also since the pan/*** has a rather flat bottom there is more direct contact with the heat so it should light faster. just think about how close you can get to something that is 100's of *f with out getting burned, you might think you will get burned but you wont (it takes some conditioning but as an example i am taking glass blowing classes and the glass comes out 2000*f+ and we work it between 1000-1800*F usually and you have to get with in less than 6 inches almost every time you do anything with a tool... and usually any burn you get is from the tools)

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Default Re: Lighting up coals in a cooking vessel seems to work better

I was thinking of just making a foil pocket for the coals but maybe this could work as well for me. Thanks for the tip!
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