Just some neat pictures I took while cooking last night's diner . . .
. . . on a Swedish Candle
a twelve inch log with five chainsaw cuts run lengthwise
I was rushing things . . .
. . . but it was getting late and we were hungry .
The thing really puts out some serious heat .
if I were to guess the pan was probably around 700 deg F
here is what it all looks like with flash
The smoke is from the pan , not the fire .
This was what it looked like when I started . An eighteen inch long log , twelve inches in diameter . Five chainsaw cuts run lengthwise three quarters of the way down . Drove three spikes in it to set the pan on . Stuffed some newspaper in the cuts and lit it with my propane torch . This was my first try at doing one and there is a learning curve. Should have given myself more time and started earlier. As I was in a bit of a rush and was less than careful, got smoke in my eyes at just the wrong moment and did manage to splash myself with some grease when I dropped the second steak in . Spent the night holding an ice bag . Lessons learned . Start the thing an hour before you want to cook so the flames have a chance to die down a bit before putting the pan on . A twelve inch diameter log is probably more than needed . Eight inch would be more than plenty .