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Wife won't let me cook in the fire place. Will yours?

JB BANNISTER Nov 24, 2013 06:57 PM

I had to go outside and make me a fireplace in the back.. I did this using cotton string. Spin it and it will spin for a while. This is chickens and Cornish hens. It was a lot of fun. I hope your spouse will let you do this indoors..

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    fourunder Nov 24, 2013 07:01 PM

    very nice...

    1. Wahooty Nov 24, 2013 07:17 PM

      This is why I remain unmarried. Not worth the risks.

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      1. re: Wahooty
        sr44 Nov 24, 2013 07:18 PM


      2. c oliver Nov 24, 2013 07:21 PM

        What's this whole "let" thing? What will your wife do if you cook in the fireplace? Kill you? Die? Inquiring minds want to know. As you can tell, "let" plays NO part in our relationship :)

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        1. re: c oliver
          sr44 Nov 24, 2013 07:26 PM

          I agree that "let" suggests issues, but sometimes, frequently during family holidays, less is more than enough. An intimate dinner afterwards with a steak and who knows what else could be magical. Or not.

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            c oliver Nov 24, 2013 07:33 PM

            OP is referring to Thanksgiving. At least not that s/he mentioned.

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              sr44 Nov 24, 2013 07:45 PM

              I realize that OP was referring to Thanksgiving. He has a history of going for the spectacular and (as far as we know) achieving it. Sometimes, with large gatherings, enough is enough. Or not.

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                c oliver Nov 24, 2013 07:49 PM

                Ah, I see. I thought s/he was referring to a dinner for a family.

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              Puffin3 Nov 25, 2013 08:15 AM

              Depends on whether she'll 'let' him or not. LOL

            3. re: c oliver
              Janet from Richmond Nov 25, 2013 07:19 AM

              We are hosting Thanksgiving, as we always do. I am doing the vast majority of the cooking, starting tomorrow. We have overnight guests for 11 days.

              My husband suggested having people over for a party on Wednesday night. I told him I would divorce him. And I would.

              We are going out Wednesday night.

              1. re: Janet from Richmond
                c oliver Nov 25, 2013 08:09 AM

                See? That's what "let" means! I'm with you, Janet :)

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              swoll50 Nov 24, 2013 07:39 PM

              dont know, i dont ask permission.

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                c oliver Nov 24, 2013 07:44 PM

                True. Why would one?

              2. emglow101 Nov 24, 2013 07:44 PM

                I cook in mine. How long did the chickens take to cook ? Look fantastic.

                1. jw615 Nov 24, 2013 08:11 PM

                  Well, in our house, I am the wife.

                  DH and I just bought our first house. He wants to get the fireplace changed to gas because of my severe asthma.

                  He is probably right, but I am holding out pretty much just so I can cook in it once in a while on my good lung days. I'm channeling my former career as a camp counselor...

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                    sandiasingh Nov 25, 2013 07:16 AM

                    We have a huge fireplace in our kitchen and it's really fun to use it for grilling sometimes.

                    We took a tip from Chef Rick Bayless and the Tuscan grill he installed in his fireplace. We built a simpler version out of bricks and an extra wire grill we had. We put a piece of aluminum foil on the bottom of the fireplace first to catch any grease.

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                      c oliver Nov 25, 2013 08:10 AM

                      Good idea re the foil.

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                        JB BANNISTER Nov 26, 2013 05:29 PM

                        Spit Jack is a company that make some great stuff for fireplaces.

                    2. Veggo Nov 25, 2013 07:22 AM

                      Attorneys take note: pre-nups should allow husbands unfettered access to and use of the fireplace.

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                        Janet from Richmond Nov 25, 2013 07:24 AM

                        Yes....for 80% of his assets :-)

                        1. re: Janet from Richmond
                          Veggo Nov 25, 2013 07:30 AM

                          She'll get half of the friggin' string chicken. That's enough!

                      2. meatn3 Nov 25, 2013 09:24 AM

                        Glad you got a chance to try this!

                        Would love details - did they need basting? How long did they take? Did the spinning get you dizzy?

                        :-D Inquiring minds and all that....

                        1. tcamp Nov 25, 2013 10:21 AM

                          I would not "let" my spouse do this. But then fireplace is in the carpeted family room and it is gas to boot. I'm pretty sure he'd figure it wasn't a good idea before I needed to so state.

                          Otherwise, I'd fully support a meat grilling habit and those birds look fabulous.

                          1. The Chowhound Team Nov 25, 2013 10:24 AM

                            Folks, we realize that the OP kind of set it up, but can we ask that people focus on the technique for roasting birds on a wire, rather than on the domestic politics of whether to do it indoors or out?


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                              ricepad Nov 25, 2013 09:00 PM

                              How long did it spin? Did you have to monitor it closely to make sure it was still spinning? It does look like a fun way to cook...

                              1. JB BANNISTER Nov 26, 2013 05:19 PM

                                After 26 years I pick my battles. (She lets me do almost anything I want. search my profile for proof) I had to prove that it would not smell up the house and make a mess.
                                The chickens took 2 1/2 hours and the Cornish hens maybe an hour. I made the string as long as possible so it would spin longer. I dipped the string in oil for the Cornish hens so it would not burn and I kept wetting the chicken string with a spray bottle. I basted constantly with a squirt bottle. I cooked them to about 160 degrees. Here is a look at it. I got artsy and added decorations. And I the other pic is a wild boar leg I did. 1 string can hold a lot of weight.

                                I am adding a grill from SPITJACK. They make really nice stuff. But I can hand link sausages from a string to cook in the meantime.

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                                1. re: JB BANNISTER
                                  c oliver Nov 26, 2013 05:51 PM

                                  I just did a little search and here's something to be VERY aware of:

                                  " Over time, grease from grilling and cooking over the flame will build up inside the chimney, making a dangerous grease fire imminent. After a longer period, the hazard will be unable to be cleaned and can lead to costly chimney repairs, as were needed with the hibachi owner’s fireplace."

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                                    pikawicca Nov 26, 2013 06:01 PM

                                    I have posted this basic info before. Cooking in your fireplace is a really bad idea. It doesn't take long for grease to build up to fire hazard levels. Take it outside, folks.

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                                      c oliver Nov 26, 2013 06:04 PM

                                      Thanks, p. I think it's pretty obvious. What I hadn't thought about is that getting that gunk out isn't like having your chimney "swept." Sounds like it's pretty impossible. I can just imagine all that grease in there (

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                                        pikawicca Nov 26, 2013 06:14 PM

                                        What interests me is that earlier cooks did all of their cooking in fireplaces, presumably without burning the house down. I suspect that has to do with a fire always kept burning, preventing fat build-up, but that's really a guess on my part.

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                                          c oliver Nov 26, 2013 06:21 PM

                                          That'ss probably a pretty good guess. In addition, at least in the South, the kitchen was a separate structure. Living in fire country I'm just super careful.

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                                            JB BANNISTER Nov 26, 2013 07:01 PM

                                            I agree. I saw a chimney fire once when I was younger at my house. Mom had burned some pine in the fireplace. It was quite spectacular with the flames shooting out the chimney 10-20 feet. Dad got a water hose and wet the shingles down until it stopped. The next day they called a chimney sweep who climbed onto the roof and said the chimney was fine as we had burned the build up out.

                                            It was fun to be a red neck in the 70s.

                                2. nokitchen Nov 26, 2013 07:19 PM

                                  No. My wife will not let you cook in the fireplace.

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