Posted by: Lisa Young | August 5, 2009

preparing the pit for 2009 roast

To use the corn roasting pit for Suvoyuki Day 2009, we needed to clean out the fill from last year’s roast.   The first step was to remove the dirt and metal sheeting that covered the pit.

uncovering the corn roasting pit

uncovering the corn roasting pit

The pit had filled with over a foot of dirt.  The top layer was mostly windblown sand, which was the home of several toads (we rescued them and gave them a new home in the wet area near the front of the visitors center).  The next layer was ash, sand, and small pits of charcoal, which the decayed remains of the roasting layter.  The bottom most layer was dense charcoal — left over wood from heating the pit last year before the corn was added.

After we cleaned out the fill from last year’s corn roast, we made the pit a bit deeper and wider.  By the time we were finished, it was over 5 and a half feet deep.  Micah Loma’omvaya helped us line the bottom of the pit with sandstone.  This sandstone helps hold the heat from the fire.

rocks lining the bottom of the pit

rocks lining the bottom of the pit

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