There are people who have already done pop-ups, built out a trailer, opened a restaurant. It took me a minute, but I finally realized that I don’t need to reinvent the wheel. With a few DMs on Instagram I found some owners who said they would let me to hang out at their restaurants.
The AF Factor
Fire: no longer binary
For my whole life fire has either been burning, or not. Now there’s nuance.
When I’m getting ready to smoke meat in my little backyard cooker, the first thing I do is burn a full firebox of wood. After about an hour this leaves me with a bed of hot coals which is responsible for a baseline temperature.
For the rest of the day, at any given moment there are maybe three – or maybe two, or maybe four – chunks of wood burning atop the coals. As these chunks burn down I’m replenishing, adding a new piece maybe every ten minutes — or maybe five, or maybe twenty. Wood is non-uniform organic matter, it’s semi-unpredictable, sometimes wholly unpredictable. I’ve looked away from a respectably burning fire for a moment – sometimes for a few seconds! – and when I look back, poof! Nothing. No flames at all.