I tried out my brazier today, outdoors, with charcoal. The result, I must say, is mixed. It took a long time for the water to boil. I think at first I didn’t add enough charcoal. Then, it was the relatively cool temperature keeping things slow. Then, there’s the issue of making sure the heat is funneling up to the kettle and not dispersing on to the sides, since I have a large-ish brazier. Originally, I wanted to use it to boil water for a class on Thursday, but perhaps, I would have to resort to using an electric kettle to boil the water and then just use the charcoal to keep the water warm…..
Sigh, compromises. I think the cold air really makes a huge difference to how long it takes to boil. I remember even using my heating plate outside, it takes a lot longer to boil a kettle than inside. These are the little things that reminds you how making tea in the old days took considerably more effort than it does today.