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Unread 01-20-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default 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?
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in the 1700's and 1800's the fireplace was not only used for heat but for cooking as well.
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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.



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