Barbecue (alt.food.barbecue) Discuss barbecue and grilling--southern style "low and slow" smoking of ribs, shoulders and briskets, as well as direct heat grilling of everything from burgers to salmon to vegetables.

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Last issue, what's the situation when starting a fire in high wind?

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"mikehende" wrote:
Last issue, what's the situation when starting a fire in high wind?


Protection! First, ensuring that no flying embers ascape to start fires
elsewhere, including on you. Second, protecting your fire from the wind. If
I'm starting a hatful of fire, I pile up some rocks or make a berm around
where I'm gonna build the fire, then curl my body around the windward side
of the stack of tinder and kindling until it's caught.

I've never tried building a fire in a high or howling wind. That's when I
cop out and use a Svea or Primus. ;-)

In my New Braunfels offset, it's no problem, as I can shut the firebox and
smoke chamber lids and shut down the dampers.

Fire is good, but can also be very dangerous and unpredictable, as the
people in Malibu, CA are experiencing as I type.

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We are having way too much trouble with this firewood, when this dried
Maple tree first fell, the wood ignited immediately and burned without any
problems, now it is exactly the opposite, it would light after a very long
while and we have to constantly keep fanning it to keep it going.

What I notice now when i look closely at the firewood, the outside is
getting mildew/fungus and the inside is turning kind of "powdery", can
this this be why the wood is giving so much trouble? if so, can anything
be done or do I throw out all the wood?

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What I notice now when i look closely at the firewood, the outside is
getting mildew/fungus and the inside is turning kind of "powdery",


Sounds to me like it's rotted. Any hardwood like maple should be dense and,
well, hard. Hard enough that if you slam the end of a screwdriver into
it...you might make a dent.

Throw it out or have a big bonfire...if it will burn. :-)

-John O




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