I think my trusty team may have mentioned that I like Kadai Firebowls.
I have had mine for several years and it works a treat.
I use mine for cooking, keeping guests warm, and as a centre piece at parties.
Wood? Coal? Old Pallets?
I tend to use nice dry wood, or logs as they burn cleanly without creating smoke.
I also like to recycle old pallets and they burn well when they are cut into manageable sizes.
I like to cook on the glowing wood embers and get that really lovely wood smoke aroma on the food.
However I have also used charcoal to cook with and this gives excellent results.
A few tips to get you started…
I like to start off by making use the Kadai bowl is level and that there is no chance of it tipping over.
Then if it is your first time lighting your Kadai it is a good idea to line the bottom of the Kadai with horticultural sand, or sharp sand.
This keeps the fire off the metal and also helps to stop the ashes washing through the filter if you leave your firebowl out in the garden.
As the Deepdale Team will tell you, I never spend £2 if £1 will do and so the sand raises the charcoal up nearer the grill saving you money…
I do not like the chemical firelighters that people use on BBQs as they can taint the food you are going to be cooking.
So, I roll up newspaper and tie a knot in it and use some kindling to get a fire going, then I add the logs or the charcoal.
If cooking I like to wait until there is a bed of glowing hot wood ash, or until the charcoal is white, just like with other BBQs
After use I like to let the fireball cool down completely.
I then use a cover to keep the bowl dry and make it easier to light next time.
As you use the firebowl it will take on a wonderful rusted metal appearance.
If the cooking grid takes on this rusted appearance, simply use the wire brush and give it a good clean before using it.
Even with the cover I store my firebowl in a shed over winter if I am not using it for a while, but that rarely happens as I love being outside, gathering my thoughts, and watching the flames dance in the evening light.