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03 August 2014 @ 09:53 pm
Ready for Phase III!  

And, with the advent of sunshine, and the waning of the raining, Phase II has come to its belated end. The steel lids are painted a lovely, gleaming obsidian black -- as black as space, as black as the recesses of my benighted soul. (That's hyperbole: my soul is not all that benighted and I'm working hard on illumination.)

Everything is ready for ... FIRE! Phase III commences as soon as I have a stretch of weather-free, work-free time.

(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
So you're gonna heat her up and /not/ cook anything...?
Noetic Toenoetic_toe on August 4th, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)
That would be the initial plan. The interior needs to be seasoned; I need to see where the smoke/heat leaches from the smoking chamber; I will have to experiment a bit to learn how much fuel to use to get her up to cooking temp and how to maintain that temp by damping air inflow and chimney outflow; etc.

I'm not going to waste anything worth eating during that process. But there will be 'cue. Soon.
gorski on August 4th, 2014 03:19 am (UTC)

Somebody has a name day on Dormition... just sayin'. (not that anybody observes my name day, either.)

You've got a good supply of your chosen hardwood, then, and will be bringing the whole thing up to temperature over a few hours...? (what's your poison... mix of hickory and oak, or...?)
Noetic Toenoetic_toe on August 4th, 2014 12:17 pm (UTC)
Hickory and oak, to be sure. I may try to even the curve with charcoal.

True enough about Dormition. However, we have two college move-ins over the subsequent two weeks -- the first on the Monday and Tuesday after Dormition (in Annapoli$). We may not be in shape to cook anything for a bit. Sadly.