All about buying a kotlich (bogracs).

All about buying a kotlich (bogracs).

What sized Kotlich do I need?

8lt for up to 10.

13lt for up to 20 (recommended size for family use.)

20lt for up to 40.

What sized tripod do I need?

120 cm if you have chosen an 8 or 13lt kotlich 

160cm if you have chosen the 20lt Kotlich

Do I need a lid for my kotlich

No, they are not designed to be used with a lid; when the liquid has reduced the food is ready. That's the theory. However, Brits like lids, so I have sourced some. They are not a tight fit but will safely rest on the top of the kotlich and speed up heating.

What is the small handle sticking up from the top of the tripod?

The 120cm tripod has a handle at the top to which the chain is attached. This handle can be used to turn the kotlich over the fire. Fires rarely burn evenly and this is very useful for turning your cooking pan over the fire. With the 160cm tripod the chain can also be turned by rotating the upper hook. Alternatively, twiddle the kotlich handle back and fforth to keep the contents moving.

What is the kotlich made of?

Our kotlich is tin, a combination of hand and machine fashioned, double dipped in enamel to EU standards and baked in a kiln. How they make a kotlich 

How long will my kotlich last?

We have been using the same kotlich, firepit and tripod for 10 years. It is just as good as when we first got it. The enamel is a glass slip, double dipped and fired onto the tin at very high temperatures. The enamel will chip if bashed or dropped; treat carefully.

How long will it take for delivery

We use 24hr delivery. It can be 24hrs if circumstances allow. You can make comment during ordering on delivery instructions, urgency, where to leave the parcel or difficult access. We actually allow 4 days for processing and delivery. We do take holidays and occasionally you will see a comment on the web site front page, and on FB or Twitter saying we are away. You can still order but will need to wait for our return before we can proces and send out.

Is everything I can see in your shop in stock?

Yes.

All about cooking with a kotlich

How full should the kotlich be when i am cooking?

Cook with your Kotlich not more than 3/4 full. That is what the numbers above are based on. You can happily cook for 3-4 in an 8lt kotlich. One tip, don't splash gravy or sauce up the sides of the kotlich if you are cooking with it only 1/3 full. Those splashes will tend to burn and look ugly, but they will clean off easily.

Will the food burn easily in the kotlich?

The kotlich needs regular stiring, and attention to the fire is important. Kotlich recipes have more liquid in them than your normal oven recipe. This is because the kotlich cooks by reduction. The kotlich can be raised on the chain away from the fire or removed from the fire totally should the flames become to hot, and the kotlich can be twiddled by the handle. See lighting and managing your fire

Do I need an oven glove to cook with the kotlich?

No, the handle remains cool and can be used to lift or lower the pot over the fire during cooking.

What can I cook in my kotlich?

You can cook anything that includes a sauce, gravey, stock, alcohol or juice of any sort. See link to recipes

How long does the food take to cook?

 Once you have got a simmer going it takes the same time as your oven would.

How long does the kotlich take to come to the boil?

It really does depend on how much you have in the pot and how you are managing the fire. I suggest you try several times cooking potatoes in water, or reheating baked bean or tinned tomatoes. Preparing a stew for 6 is very quick to come to the boil if your fire is going well. Cooking for 40 might take half an hour to come to the boil. Don’t hold back on the fire! It’s easy to raise the pot up the chain when it gets going.

Is the kotlich easy to clean?

Yes, to clean, partially fill with water, replace over the fire till warm and wipe clean with a medium cleaning pad. If there is a burning episode, wire wool applied to the exact spot after soaking, will soon remove it.  See how to clean my kotlich

Does the fire need to die down before I can start cooking?

 Unlike a barbeque you can start cooking with your kotlich as soon as the fire is lit.

Can you use a kotlich to make mulled drinks?

Making mulled drinks is very simple. The day before you need them, steep all your spices in a heated fuit juice. On the day you require the drink, add the prepared concoction to cider or wine and bring to just under the boil.

How portable is the kotlich?

It’s light but dirty! You don't need to clean the outside. Carry in a bag, and don’t bash it. Tripod, firepit and kotlich etc all go in a car or canoe very happily.

All about cooking with the enamel hanging grill

What's so special about the flat enamel hanging grill?

 You are grilling and frying at the same time; there’s plenty of enamel coated metal in it. This means you can start cooking sooner and don't have to wait for the fire to burn down to charcoal as with a conventional barbeque. The chain allows you to alter the height above the fire/embers, and you can swing the grill around to vary the heat.

What is the little handle at the top of the tripod for?

The tripod comes with a fixed chain and a twiddle handle on top. This can be used for turning the grill over the fire for an even cook.

Is it better to have the grill attached to the t ripod legs or, as with your set, hanging from a central chain?

 The enamel grill hanging from the central chain is more flexible. The chain does not get hot and you can move the grill up and down the chain without a glove. You can also spin/turn the grill over the fire, using the twiddle handle if your fire has hot spots.

All about cooking on a campfire

Where can I light my campfire?

The firepit legs are around 22cm keeping the heat away from the ground. Unless you are a lawn fetishist, the answer is light your fire anywhere sensible. A stone, board, or wetting can all be used to prevent the ground being singed if necessary. See where to light camp fires.

Does a hot lighted fire pit damage grass?

 Experience shows that if you water the place where you are about to place your firepit, or place a small plank of wood directly under it you will have little or no permenent damage. The screw in legs are 22cm long. The tops of the grass may go brown but as soon as it rains they will grow again; they are not killed by the fire.

How do I start a fire?

 See article on lighting and managing your campfire.

What is the best Wood to use?

 Dry wood. Kiln dried wood is excellent if you are going to buy wood. For kotlich cooking you need kindling and upper arm sized logs.

Can you cook with a kotlich over briquette logs?

We have not tried. My advice is to check your fire material for toxic ingredients.

Is it safe to cook on the patio?

 Yes. The 22cm removable legs on the firepit keep the fire well off the ground. Just make sure that the tripod legs are steady on the flagstones.

All about cooking outdoors and weather

Can I light my campfire if it is windy?

 Yes. Find a makeshift wind break. Or buy one of our wind protectors currently being made.

Can I cook if it's raining?

Yes. Once the fire is lit and you hang the pot over the flames the fire is protected from the rain.

Is a kotlich better than cooking with a barbecue?

 Cooking with a kotlich is a very different experience to a barbecue. The kotlich pot hangs on a chain over a camp fire and is very easy to move, you can cook as soon as you have lit the fire, and there is no smell of burning fat. It is convivial to sit around the fire while the kotlich is cooking, everyone wants to stir the pot and feed the fire. Read some of our adventures with the kotlich in out of the way places.