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Old 01-28-2019, 11:08 AM   #1
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Can you do much cooking over a propane portable fire pit? Like cook a Cornish Chicken
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Old 01-28-2019, 11:16 AM   #2
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I have the little red cf. and No I dont cook over it. Not even smores. To get that yellow flame, it's really fuel rich. Mines old enough to have the multiple piece logs and I keep a pair of jersey gloves and a chip brush to brush the soot off of them before I wrap them up. If that gives you an indication

What works outstanding for cornish game hens is an air fryer if you're interested
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Ours was for ambiance only. The odd time the kids could do marshmallows, but that was the extent of any cooking.
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Old 01-28-2019, 11:44 AM   #4
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The materials and burners aren't really designed for that. The food will be fine, as there shouldn't be any difference to the function of the burners/heat output. The fire pit might not fare so well. As food cooks, there is quite a bit of it that goes down into your grill or, in this case, the fire pit. Crumbs, grease, soot, and myriad other things come off our food and fall down into the cooking device. Grills are designed to handle this with various protections. The fire pit is not. It will get messy and clog without careful containment strategies.

In many ways, it's the same reason I wouldn't cook food over an open flame on a Coleman stove (or equivalent). You'll mess up the burner pretty quick doing that.
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Ours was for ambiance only. The odd time the kids could do marshmallows, but that was the extent of any cooking.
Same.
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Can you do much cooking over a propane portable fire pit? Like cook a Cornish Chicken
Having built a few propane fire pits from scratch, you *can* cook over them, but as said before its not ideal. the flame is very very sooty. look at your gas grill or your campers water heater. you will see the small orifice (usually brass) going into a larger tube. that area is not sealed and has many air holes. this is the air venturi mixing air and fuel before ignition. for kicks and giggles, fire up the burner, you get a nice blue flame. now cover those holes in the venturi up. now its a bright yellow flame as the fuel and air mix outside the burner, and very sooty/dirty.

Toasting marshmallows will give you that perfect golden brown you are looking for, but expect some soot on them too.

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Old 01-28-2019, 12:33 PM   #7
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Heck yes we cook over it!

We have a dutch oven that we put in a wood campfire, but if there's a ban, or it's pouring rain, we'll cook with our dutch oven over our propane fire pit. It's actually amazing because you can control the heat very well.

The kids also cook the occasional marshmallow or hotdog.
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We have a Solo Stove bon fire size fire pit. It is great! Smoke tends to go right up the center and not toward those sitting around it, unless it is windy out. The flames are beautiful and the wood burns down to ashes. Not much left to empty out after the fire.
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We have a Solo Stove bon fire size fire pit. It is great! Smoke tends to go right up the center and not toward those sitting around it, unless it is windy out. The flames are beautiful and the wood burns down to ashes. Not much left to empty out after the fire.
I get how those work... BUT I just can't swallow the price tag.

Plus, I don't think you can use those during bans. That's when I bust out the propane pit.
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Old 03-14-2019, 12:36 PM   #10
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we have the little red firepit and love love it but do not cook over it. We did marshmellows once and when they fell in and were a gooey mess that was the end of that
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