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Portable outdoor fireplace.

I really enjoyed your article on hearth cooking, "Hearth Cooking: An Ancient Cooking Technique Revisited," A few years ago, while trying to find a place in the backyard to have a wienie roast, I put my mind to work and came up with a simple but workable plan for a cooker of my own. I call it my "portable, backyard cement-block fireplace."

I used standard-sized cement blocks and recycled grill racks. I didn't use mortar, so we can move the fireplace to a different location if the need arises.

For my family and friends, it has been an enjoyable and useful backyard wood cooker, cooking everything from smoked sausage on a stick to our Thanksgiving ham. Plus, the kids love it!


Ronnie Norwood

High Point, North Carolina

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Title Annotation:COUNTRY LORE: Readers' Tips to Live By
Author:Norwood, Ronnie
Publication:Mother Earth News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2011
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