Was gonna ask this on /ck/ but maybe /out/ has more fire expertise...
What's the best way to boil a BIG (60-100 qt) pot of water over an open fire? Camping for my bachelor party and going to do either a crawfish or lobster boil.
Either of these two will work, depending on what's available.
good idea kevin let him rest a huge post of chili on burning wood so people can gather around to watch its spill when then wood crumbles. i wouldnt even suggest stones unless you were 99% confident in how leveled and founded the stones were. OP surely you can google a rig for your pot, and bonus point if you can fit the whole rig into the pot itself
You do not want to do this camping. The last thing you want innawoods, or even car camping is the stink of shellfish/crustaceans post meal.
source - I live on the ocean. I eat a lot of shellfish
If you insist and you are car camping just use a propane tank and the burner you posted. Those suckers are the shizz.
>i wouldnt even suggest stones unless you were 99% confident in how leveled and founded the stones were.
Cinder blocks on flat ground would probably be stable enough.
What I would probably do is put the pot over some rocks or a stand, build a fire next to it, and then shovel coals underneath as needed. If you have something like this, I think it would be safer to put it in the fire.
>If you're bringing a pot that big, I'm going to assume that you won't be so far from your car that bringing a propane burner would be much more of a hassle. That's what I would do.
Good point. It will be on an island and we'll have a boat, so we can bring a decent amount of stuff, just trying to minimize.
Having tried to boil small pots of water on open fires before though I can see why propane might be better for 100+ qts.
potjie master race checking in. the big number 8 makes a Colonel Sanders-tier chicken fryer.
Man I LOVE a good crawfish boil. We plan on one soon, they're amazing
When we do it. We bring to a boil, then simmer some. Hard to control over an open fire.
I'd bring a propane tank and a burner, will be much easier.
>Hard to control over an open fire.
yes harder, but in the spirit of the OP and /out/ it can be done. I use an all steel landscaping spade to move coals back and forth. also the pot can be moved to a cooler place after the boil starts
>What's the best way to boil a BIG (60-100 qt) pot of water
One of those propane burners, like in your pic.
OP maybe you can try a new england-style clambake sorta thing for your crawdads?
My family will cook corn in this when we have lots of people over
but anon you either have to kill them alive and THEN cook them or you could just cut out the middle man and redundancy and just cook them. it's less items horror, by one
the cast iron's not horribly expensive. can't say the same for copper
Get a 1/2" thick slab of iron or steel. Lay that on top of a little oven made with 8-10 cinderblocks. Hook up your electric air matress pump to some aluminum tubing and poke that in the oven somewhere. Shovel hot coals inside and use the air pump as a billow. The iron slab will get red hot and heat the pot like an induction burner. The idea here is taking advantage of the heat retention of iron/steel so the plate can warm from the radiant heat your aluminum pot will just reflect or lose hold of.
Or just take a propane burner.
my biggest potjie would hold about 20 quarts for normal cooking or 24 if filled to the brim. they make potjies big enough to take a bath in but I'd never have a use for that.
the #8 takes 8 imperial gallons, around 32 qts, but that just fills it to the mid point where the potjie is widest. In the movie "Back To The Future Two" they used a hot tub size potjie as a prop.
>>Coghlan's quality tripod
so i got one and used it on my last car camping trip. i totally am not a fan of the brand but i figured that it would not collapse under the weight of a couple of steaks. however, i was pleasantly surprised.
that said, i would not put that much water on the fucking thing. disaster would be imminent.
A crawfish boil though generally involves potatoes, sausage, mushrooms, ect ect... especially the potatoes, need enough water to boil, in a big mix of seasoning. Also, for crawfish, while boiling, they soak up the seasoning and add flavor. Steaming just wouldn't be as good.
Now for lobster, steaming wouldn't be so bad.
it was, the other meal i cooked on it was pork tenderloin medallions wrapped in bacon