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    GOING OUT TO THE MOVIES

    GOING OUT TO THE MOVIES

    THE THEATRE IS JUST OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR

    Going out to the movies in your own backyard is the perfect way to spend your evenings this Fall and through the Holidays. It's cozy, easy, and the Snack Bar always has your favorites!

    It can be as simple as a sheet and projector. Or, make it an event with a fire in the Kettle for popping popcorn and roasting marshmallows for S'mores. The fire adds a warm glow and as the coals burn low, add the Spark Screen and enjoy your "last glass". 

    MOVIE NIGHT BUNDLE

    We've packaged just what you need and added in some extra savings! Have a Kettle already? You can still enjoy savings with an Accessories Only Bundle.

    • Choose your movie. Check out this list of Family or Holiday favorites that even adults will enjoy.
    • Check projector connections.
    • Bring quilts, blankets, & pillows for lounging.
    • Snack early, but wait 'til sunset to start the movie.

    • Use the Side Kick for a skillet or Dutch oven and pop popcorn the old-fashioned way. Sprinkle with seasonings while warm.
    • For S'mores, top Graham Crackers with chocolate and place on the lip of the kettle for perfect melting!
    • Add the Spark Screen as the fire burns low.

    FEATURED BRANDS:

    *Smithey Ironware: The artisanship of their cast iron cookware honors classic vintage style with modern technology and processes. Bonus: they're beautiful too!
    *Condor Chocolates: With an Ecuadorian background, these chocolatier brothers produce rich chocolates in a multitude of delicious flavors. 
    *Hostess Provisions: We're partial to the Pimento Cheese Spice, but the entire line redefines the Southern art of entertaining for the modern host.

     



    DINNER OUT... AT HOME

    DINNER OUT... AT HOME

    MAKE DINNER FUN AGAIN!

    This year we’ve all been home more than we’re used to, maybe more than we’d like! And whether it’s families with children or empty-nesting couples, the struggle is real to keep dinner fun, interesting, and healthy (maybe). Not to mention more cooking at home usually means more kitchen clean up and can send us all running for the pizza delivery number! But we’ve got a game plan for dinner on the Kettle that checks all the boxes for a delicious meal at home.

    Join us kettle-side as we walk through cooking a full meal on the Kettle!

    HERE'S WHAT WE USED:

    • Firewood (see The Perfect Fire)
    • Cooking Accessories - we used the Grill, Side Kick, Heat Dome, and Roasting Forks
    • Meat Thermometer
    • Food, Spices, Garnishes...
    • Grilling tools, aluminum foil
    • Cast Iron Skillet
    • Prep space by the Kettle

    TIPS TO START:

    *Decide on your serving time and back up cooking times and fire prep from there. Start the fire at least an hour prior to cooking.

    *Prep your food while the fire is developing a nice bed of coals. We rubbed the potatoes with olive oil & salt and wrapped in foil. Fish and fowl were seasoned, veggies cut, and garnishes gathered. 

     

    *Wrapped potatoes were placed directly in the coals and rotated - allow 50-60 minutes. Other items were timed from there. And even if your timing isn't perfect, most foods are forgiving if wrapped and resting.

    *We added bone-in chicken thighs and used the heat dome to capture the juices and roll smoke flavor over the top.

    *Later the fish was added on grilling planks and asparagus to a skillet on the Side Kick. 

     

    *Just before serving, we grilled the avocados & lemons, and toasted garlic bread on the Grill.

    *While this is a fairly elaborate meal-in-a-kettle, we recommend starting simple and adding new recipes as you become more experienced with timing and creating temperature zones.

     

    IT'S NOT OVER YET...

    Dinner out isn’t complete without dessert! 

     

    Fruit, marshmallows and cake all toast nicely on the Roasting Forks. And kicking back with your feet on the boot rail is a beautiful way to end the evening.

     

     

    Back to the Basics

    Back to the Basics

    BUILD THE PERFECT FIRE & GET LIT

    We hear that many of you are spending time around the fire cooking, sipping, relaxing, and sometimes just zoning out to the crackle and dance of the flames. The key to enjoyment is building the perfect fire, but have you ever struggled to get it right? Not enough flame? Too much smoke? Burns out too easily?

    Follow Steve's tips for a log cabin fire lay - it radiates a lot of heat and makes a great bed of coals. And remember the science behind it is airflow, airflow, airflow. 

     

    Here's what you'll need:

    • Crumpled Paper
    • Fat lighter (old pine wood with a high concentration of flammable sap) Can be foraged or purchased
    • Small kindling
    • Larger split firewood
    • Wand lighter

     

    • Crumple paper in the center of your Kettle or wherever you are building your fire. This provides the fuse and airflow for the fire to grow.
    • Secure the base with 2 larger pieces of firewood on either side of the paper. 
    • On top of the base, add a row of small kindling & fat lighter with space in between for airflow.
    • Lay another row of kindling in the opposite direction.

     

    • Continue to criss-cross layers of small kindling.
    • Add a row of larger firewood. And layer in same criss-cross pattern. Now you have a stacked grid that will provide maximum airflow and core heat for your fire.
    • Grab your lighter and light the paper in several places. Once the grid has burned down, you can add larger pieces of wood in a teepee style, to promote… you guessed it, airflow. 

     

     

    Enjoy

    Keep adding wood this way to enjoy the fire itself. Or, once you have a nice bed of coals (takes about an hour), start cooking!

    We have a full line of cooking accessories for use with our kettles, as well as items you can use around any fire.

    Now, go get lit!

    Our Top 5 Open Fire Tips

    Our Top 5 Open Fire Tips

    One of the first questions we get from our customers is "What's the best technique for building a fire in the kettle?"  If you commit these quick five tips to memory you'll be well on your way to a perfect kettle experience.

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