THE LOG CABIN
A good braai starts with a good fire. Start by building a log cabin. The benefit of this design is an opening at the base for feeding in newspaper or firelighters should it fail to ‘take’ first time.
1. Lay two large logs parallel to each other with a gap between them.
2. Pick a couple of split logs and lay them split-side down across the base logs. Try to fit three side by side but make sure there’s a gap between them.
3. Keep building until it’s four or five ‘storeys’ high. Break off splinters and pieces of bark (kindling) while building, and drop these inside the log cabin.
4. Light a firestarter and push it into the gap at the bottom. The log cabin should take 45 – 60 minutes to burn down. Then break down and spread the coals, ready for cooking.