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How To Make a Bed of Hot Coals

Sometimes a good, solid, hot bed of coals is exactly what is needed for a campfire. Perhaps it is because you would like to make a cobbler or maybe baked potatoes in tinfoil. Or, perhaps you just want to gaze into the hot, flickering depths of a solid bed of coals while you sit around the fire late into the evening. Whatever the case, there will definitely be times when you want to have that steady heat, and here is how to do it.

First, build your fire so it's VERY hot. Once it's going, fill the fire pit all the way to the top with crisscrossing layers of split hardwood (maple, cherry, apple, oak, ash, hickory, etc.). This will create a mini-bonfire that will quickly stack up coals at its base.

Then, as the fire begins to burn through the stack of hardwood, add a second series of layers, the same way as the first.

Now you'll stop adding wood. Allow the first and second layers to burn completely down. What will be left is about 4-6 inches of red hot embers at the bottom of the fire pit.

Because Breeo fire pits contain and maintain heat very well (due to their double-walled construction), the coals will lay in a shimmering bed at the base, and a steady flow of heat will radiate upwards.

Now, once the coals have stabilized and there is more open flame, you are ready to start cooking! Remember, this heat is more even and less intense than direct flame. For steaks, chops, and other direct-grilling items, you probably want your Breeo fire pit to be burning HOT when you are cooking. The bed of coals is better suited to baking, stewing and slow-cooking, as well as getting a flawless golden toast on a marshmallow.