SlowWood originated from love for the braai, fireplace and wood. Because the men grew up behind SlowWood in South Africa, braising is part of their culture. Braising is what the Dutch call BBQ and what they often do on coal. When braising, the coals themselves are made by first making a fire with SlowWood Hardekool and / or Sekelbos. Both species burn 2 to 3 times longer than European hardwood (oak, beech, ash) and because of the density (1100 kg / m3) it gives a beautiful cabbage that will last for a long time. Because of the natural drying it will burn easily and little smoke, also the smell gives a delicious taste to the meat.
Braising is a form of slow food, you take the time for it. After all, braising is not just about food; more about the whole experience around it. It is seen as a social occasion, as a social gathering, something that is indispensable in South African culture.
SlowWood, among others, cooperates with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in South Africa, and is responsible for ensuring a responsible hood for these species. The tree species are dead for more than 100 years before they are allowed to be cut and therefore dry (natural drying). In this process SlowWood supports the local population, both species proliferate on land where local (often poor) population lives and thus helps, among others, SlowWood to provide this group of people with a source of income (Fairtrade).
The advantages of Slowwood or Hard Cabbage and Sekelbos:
- Wonderful smell (bushveld) and little smoke development compared to European wood (mostly beech or oak)
- Naturally dried in African sun. This wood contains <3% moisture compared to European hardwoods that usually contain 15 - 20% moisture
- Burns 2 to 3 times longer than European hardwood and is therefore much more economical to use
- Burns for 2 to 3 hours and gives 5 to 6 hours of heat
- Gives nice big coal and more heat. Ideal for grilling and controlling temperature
- 60% cheaper to use than European hardwood
- Supports the local population in South Africa
- Comes from responsibly managed forests
- Fire quietly, crackles / splatters