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Fuel source for small portable hibachi grill??
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I know you're out on the water with this -- probably hanging it off the stern, but oxygen is your friend here. Can you set it on a platform that allows air intake under the bottom edge? Is it closed underneath? To sear, you want A LOT of O2 = high heat. Pix would be a great help for ideas here... Besides, I'd like to see the dang thing just outta curiosity!!
Easy fix add another grate about 2" from the bottom and use a good lump for fuel
I tried adding a grate and using coal then cowboy lump and although the coals stay lit they don't really get too hot. Is it a specific type of "lump" I should consider using?
I was also reading that coconut shell briquettes can be used as they burn a lot hotter then regular coals.
I would say an Air supply from the lower portion would make a difference. This is a little Old School and Outside the Box but this reminds me of the Pu Pu Platters Hibachi's Chineses restaurants use, would a Jellied Alcohol based fuel meet your needs?...JJ
Yeah I think air from the bottom and a little screen would help, but the problem is the more holes or cutouts the weaker the pot because and more prone to stress cranks because of the rapid temp changes. That's why a lot of grills are not made out of ceramic or the ones that are never get fired beyond 1860 degrees like the green eggs. Although they work because the temp is so low it's a weaker unit and will not last as long.
I think I might make a few more and put small square cut outs in one and then holes in another and see if either one cracks and crumbles under the heat stress or not.
I don't remember it having a Petroleum taste being made from alcohol...Those Five Spice Chicken Wings were pretty tasty...And the Wino's downtown never complained...JJ
Great looking ceramic work there! Gotta have some air vents, tho. Can you make it more like a tube (open bottom) with very small holes to run some rods through to support a coal grate or directly support the coals? Maybe that way it won't be so likely to crack? (I know very little about ceramics -- as you probably can tell) Nice grate build BTW!
Never tried alcohol fuel for direct cooking -- be interested to find out how it works out...
Hey Guy's, Check this out...http://www.ehow.com/way_5916613_can-over-gel-fuel-firepit_.html...JJ
I can pretty much throw any shape on the wheel and add holes, but the problem is the capt. didn't want an open bottom with a fire source hanging over the boat and possibly risking an ember flying in the boat. That's the reason I made it with a closed bottom.
If I put a bunch of tiny holes on the bottom and used my small coal grate do you think that would work? Like I said I can try just about any setup I just don't want to make a bunch of various test if it won't make much of a difference anyway.