Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude

Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude
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Saturday, 10 November 2018

The Filthie Pyro Part One


Like most Albertans and Texans I know my way around a BBQ: ya put meat on it and burn it to a proper texture and you're good to go. I know there are artisans and chefs that can command a grill to the tastes of soy boys, vegans and eastern Canadian flimps and they are welcome to their posturing and preening. I can and have cooked over a wood fire and my wife is even better at it.

Be damned if I can keep a BBQ going though.

It drives me nuts. First - no way am I going to propane or natural gas. Screw that! I don't care how convenient it is, I don't care how controllable the heat is, hear me - I don't care. That leaves wood and charcoal and I am just peachy with it. But - every BBQ I buy dies before its time. It ticks me off, I've probably shelled out over a grand over the years for crap that falls apart after a couple years! Grrrrrr! Now I am hopping mad because my Traeger wood pellet BBQ seems to have calved after only two or three years. Bastid thing!!!

There's a time and a place for cheap grills, when I was a kid Pop brought along cheap Hibachi BBQ's when we went camping and they were made out of cheap pot metal. At the end of the season they were pretty much done and he'd just pitch them in the garbage and buy another one the next year. Then for some reason they stopped making them - I think it was because the campers started going to cheap propane BBQ's.

I was in Cabelas today and happened to score one of these:


It was over 200 beans Kanukistani, and it's made out of heavy cast iron. It's low tech, it's small so I can bring it in and store it when it cools off and not leave it out in the elements. We'll see how it makes out, I suppose. Two bolts hold the fire bowl to the stand - and the rest just falls together.

It should make for some interesting camp cookery this year if nothing else. I'll keep ya posted.

7 comments:

  1. I had a round version of that hibachi that eventually succumbed to the elements, so a couple years ago I made an aluminum version that worked even better. It was a bit of a crap shot but I found the aluminum to be less of a heat sink, and actually conducts heat better than the cast iron so it is ready to cook much sooner. Here it is.
    https://isserfiq.blogspot.com/2012/09/new-hibachithe-old-one-is-getting-quite.html

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  2. I figured this out at around the $500 stage. I purchased a HUGE cheap BBQ and a small BBQ. I place the small BBQ inside the huge cheapy BBQ. That way the small unit is shielded from the elements and so far the small unit has lasted years now. Can't drag the bloody thing around campin but it works great around the homestead. Stopped the wallet hemorrhaging, or slowed it anyways. Next up Filthie.....where does one find a good toaster? We can send a man to the moon but can't build a friggin toaster. Pronged toast over the wood fire is just too slow and I don't like fried wingless gnats cluttering up the mess.

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    1. I have never been able to manage the miracle of free-range toast either Samuel. My wife has on occasion though...

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  3. Charcoal is the only way to go. Propane does something weird to the flavor.

    We use a Weber here, have for years. They are overall pretty sturdy beasts.

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    1. I looked hard at Webers. How old is it TB, and how is it holding up?

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  4. Mine is probably 15 years Old Glen. Holding up well. I had to replace the internal parts which move the ashes out but that was a pretty easy process.

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