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Twelvegaugepump 01-20-2013 05:08 PM

Fireplace cooking
 
Sitting here watching Sons of Anarchy on a single digit day in WI. Have a nice fire roaring in our fireplace. Burning cherry and oak and the house smells great. It got me thinking, any way I can cook over this fire? I am thinking Argentina parilla kind of setup with hot coals under a grate. Anybody on here do anything like this?

IamMadMan 01-20-2013 05:31 PM

in the 1700's and 1800's the fireplace was not only used for heat but for cooking as well.

tish 01-20-2013 05:35 PM

Most times these grills seem to be separated by a wall where the fire is on one side and the coals on the other. If your fireplace is really big though, maybe you wouldn't need the wall? This guy's fireplace is huge. I'm betting yours isn't that big.

http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/...a-0007_640.jpg

What would bother me most, would be all the fat dripping stains on the floor of my fireplace. And in a residential fireplace, would it be safe? All questions I have about trying to do this indoors.

Twelvegaugepump 01-20-2013 05:44 PM

Mine is probably 3 ft wide by 2.5 ft deep. Maybe doing this cooking in cast iron Dutch ovens or pans would work?

tish 01-20-2013 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Twelvegaugepump (Post 2335309)
Mine is probably 3 ft wide by 2.5 ft deep. Maybe doing this cooking in cast iron Dutch ovens or pans would work?

That you can do in any fireplace. I've done it myself many times. Just scoot some coals over to the side for either on top of and/or underneath your DO.

cheapbeer 01-20-2013 06:38 PM

I cook a lot in my fireplace. I have a campfire grill that I use for steaks and chicken. It is a grate with angle iron legs that fold up. I just rake some coals under it and keep the fire burning small off to the side so I have more coals when I need them. I have also used a dutch oven off to the side or wrapped roasts and taters in tin foil and set them off to the side. Works great.

sheepdad 01-20-2013 06:56 PM

I use a cast iron Tuscan Grill grate that I got on Amazon. Work really well with a Dutch Oven or any other cast iron pan.
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Twelvegaugepump 01-20-2013 06:58 PM

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Originally Posted by cheapbeer (Post 2335371)
I cook a lot in my fireplace. I have a campfire grill that I use for steaks and chicken. It is a grate with angle iron legs that fold up. I just rake some coals under it and keep the fire burning small off to the side so I have more coals when I need them. I have also used a dutch oven off to the side or wrapped roasts and taters in tin foil and set them off to the side. Works great.

No worries about dripping grease?

Twelvegaugepump 01-20-2013 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by sheepdad (Post 2335406)
I use a cast iron Tuscan Grill grate that I got on Amazon. Work really well with a Dutch Oven or any other cast iron pan.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/21/nu6e2yty.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/21/9y6y7eha.jpg

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Nice setup. Thanks!

mbshop 01-20-2013 08:20 PM

try these guys, differant types or ways of cooking in the pireplace.
http://spitjack.com/

you can also use a few firebricks and a regular grate to cook also.

chriscw81 01-20-2013 08:46 PM

I have a propane fireplace and really wish it was a real wood fireplace. Cooking on the fireplace would be a fun family thing.




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cheapbeer 01-20-2013 08:48 PM

The coals I keep low enough so that there are no flare ups and when I build the fire back up the grease probably just burns up. I keep my fireplace burning all winter long as it is my main heat source. my grate probably is about the same height as the one pictured above. when I wrap in foil I use 18 inch wide foil so the juice and grease stay in and dont leak.

Twelvegaugepump 01-20-2013 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by cheapbeer (Post 2335568)
The coals I keep low enough so that there are no flare ups and when I build the fire back up the grease probably just burns up. I keep my fireplace burning all winter long as it is my main heat source. my grate probably is about the same height as the one pictured above. when I wrap in foil I use 18 inch wide foil so the juice and grease stay in and dont leak.

What do you typically cook in the fireplace? All the same food as on the grill? I am digging this idea. Seems like a lot of you do this. I never see fireplace pron. I am thinking about cooking on it next Saturday. Maybe a pizza?

mmmmeat 01-20-2013 10:45 PM


Ole Man Dan 01-20-2013 11:14 PM

In emergencies with no power, I've cooked many meals in fireplaces.
I generally use a D.O. or Iron Skillet. Sometimes I cook in foil packets.
Whatever I cook in a fireplace I do it with an eye on whats easier
to clean up afterwards.
I keep an old 'Cowboy Coffee Pot' for those emergencies too.

I use an antique Iron grate from a Moonshine operation, that I hauled out of the woods in the 70s (Their loss...)

A swing arm in the fireplace would be better, but you use what you've got.


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