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Dutch Oven Cooking with Charcoal

Minimize smoke and odor while using a Dutch oven

There are several ways in which you can cook on a Dutch oven, but a common one is to use charcoal.  This minimizes smoke and odors. Cooking with wood produces more smoke and requires a substantial amount of wood to create the coals you need.   The charcoal is normally placed both on top of and underneath the Dutch oven.

A general rule of thumb to produce approximately 350° of heat is to take the diameter of the Dutch oven and double the number.  You then use that many total briquettes.  For a 12″ Dutch oven, you would use 24 briquettes or for a 14″ oven, you would use 28 briquettes, and so on.  …

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Making Biomass Fuel Briquettes at Home

I would like to thank everyone who sent in information in answer to yesterdays post.  As a result of that post, I would like to post the following link.  http://www.home.fuse.net/engineering/ewb_project.htm  It is to a site that has diagrams of different types of Biomass Presses, Chopper, Grinder & Formulations.

They are tied in with the Legacy Foundation at http://www.legacyfound.org/store/home.php.  They say that anyone can make briquettes from their own leaves, grass and straw and junk mail.  You can also use charcoal and peat if it is available.  The press appears to be easy to make.  We intend to make a press in the near future and experiment with different types of fuel briquettes. …

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