Anyone do any cooking on top of the fire box? learned any good techniques for keeping a good temperature in the fry pan?
Kevin: All I've cooked on the top of the fire box is beans and the first time it took the paint off. The second time I placed some chain under the pot and the chain took the paint off so I stopped cooking on the top of the fire box BUT I think it would work with a frying pan -- maybe not a cast iron skillet. A while back I measured the fire box temperature with a heat gun. The results at 300* in the cook chamber were -- front (536*), back (483*), top (568*). The bottom temperature was 125* - due to fire bricks and alum foil.
Next cook I'm going to try a frying pan -- at 568* it should work.
People have been cooking on woodstove tops for centuries....
There is a device that Lodge makes called a Trivet. Cast iron that raises your pans off the surface so the stove surface is not in direct contact with the pan. I am looking into purchasing a couple and trying it out. 500°+ is a little too hot to fry or cook, but raise it and you may be able to regulate the heat to your pans.
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