How a Braai works
The Braai is fitted with an ember making unit which makes kindling the fire a quick and easy task and provides you with a continuous flow of embers. This allows you to be cooking on your Braai or relaxing around a nice warm fire within minutes. In NZ, we do normally cook this way and then enjoy the heat of the fire afterwards.
But if have the time, then be assured, a Braai is purpose designed to allow you to light a big fire prior to cooking and for everyone to enjoy as your guests arrive. As the night progresses, put the ember making unit back into the braai and slide in the cooking grid using one of the several shelves, depending on what you plan to cook and using your own cooking flare. Half grids can be placed on either side of the ember maker at different heights for different cooking options. Keep the ember maker topped up with charcoal and drag the coals across to match the heat required. This level of control makes cooking a breeze.
The Braai features height adjustable shelves and has an upper door and also a lower door that serves as a convenient table or worktop. The shelves and the doors are easily removed for when you want to convert your Braai from a BBQ/ oven to an outdoor fireplace.
The ember box can also be removed completely when the braai is being used simply as a fire.
If you are planning on cooking something more substantial, then you need to create a good cooking base. The ember box also provides extra heat without burning while supplying continual embers to keep the cooking base topped up as required.
The ember box can be moved to the middle of the braai to allow cooking grids to be placed on each side at different heights to allow cooking of different types of food.
Removing the cold ashes is an easy task as the Braai is conveniently fitted with an ash draw. Simply take the cover off the slot in the ash pan and drag the ashes over so that they drop through into the ash draw below. However, ashes may appear to be cold but they can still retain heat for up to 6 days and so we recommend placing the ashes in a (metal) bucket, dousing them with water, stirring them occasionally and letting them soak for several days.