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.
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.
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.
We have not tried. My advice is to check your fire material for toxic ingredients.
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
Yes. Find a makeshift wind break. Or buy one of our wind protectors currently being made.
Yes. Once the fire is lit and you hang the pot over the flames the fire is protected from the rain.
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.