Behind the Scenes as a Fire Wrangler of Project Fire

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Wonder what it’s like filming on the set of Project Fire? Steve Nestor, fireplace wrangler of Project Fire Season 2, takes us behind the scenes on this visitor weblog!

How I went from pupil to “Fire Wrangler”

In 2015 I met Steven Raichlen when my spouse shocked me with my first journey to Barbecue University (BBQU). I hadn’t taken a trip since beginning my very own Physical Therapy follow in 2013.

Fast ahead to 2018 and I returned to BBQU the place Steven and I mentioned his upcoming guide The Brisket Chronicles. I requested in regards to the “Hot and Fast” technique for cooking brisket, so he challenged me to offer it a shot. Our outcomes are in The Brisket Chronicles.

Just a few months later Steven invited me to be the Fire Wrangler on set for Project Fire Season 2. My first response was completely, however then realized I’ve a enterprise to run. My spouse advised me “do it”! She wasn’t going to look at the present whereas listening to me regretting that I didn’t take part.

I wasn’t positive what a Fire Wrangler actually does so, I requested plenty of questions as I do each day as a Physical Therapist. I spoke with Matt (Director), Frank (Producer) and Gwenn (Production Assistant) and realized that this is a vital position. I left for Steinhatchee, FL with the help of my spouse, feeling excited and slightly nervous since I didn’t wish to screw up. This is TV!

Moving Grill

Work began as quickly as I arrived. I needed to coordinate shifting the outsized grills and pallets stuffed with charcoal on set with a forklift. One of the charcoal pallets tipped over whereas shifting it and there have been baggage of charcoal everywhere in the parking zone. I’m glad I wasn’t driving, and it wasn’t a grill!

Set-up day is a busy. It includes getting the outsized grills out of the transport crates, assembling the charcoal grills, gasoline grills, pellet people who smoke, ceramic cookers, and a wooden burning grill. Thirty-three in whole. As the rookie, I continued to ask the Project Fire veterans for recommendation. Best recommendation… “at all times have charcoal prepared”. Thanks Ryan.

Fire Wrangler of Project Fire - Set Up

Fire wrangler is a bodily job, so I’d begin every morning at 6:15am by stretching out (as I typically instruct my sufferers). Breakfast was at 7:00am. On set for 7:30am to fireside up the grills for the primary recipe. There was at all times grill or two on set for Steven and grills behind the scenes for Chris. Chris prepares meals to swap out and for the “magnificence” photographs.

Once the grills had been going for the primary recipe, I’d begin prepping grills for the subsequent recipe, grills for the afternoon, cleansing grills, or syncing up the distant thermometers. I used to be at all times near-by listening for Steven’s name for extra scorching charcoal or burning wooden logs, or to handle an issue with a grill, a thermometer, or a frozen propane tank.

Live fireplace cooking makes filming a TV present a problem. Charcoal and wooden burn down whereas scenes are re-done and there may be meals on the grill. Watching Steven handle the fires, re-shoot a scene, and hold the meals from burning is a present inside the present. It is stunning how a lot charcoal or wooden one recipe requires.

Lunch was at “candy tea o’clock” after the morning recipes the place filmed. Fiddlers Restaurant has nice candy tea.

The afternoon started round 2pm with firing up a grill for the subsequent recipe and cleansing grills used through the morning shoot. Prep for the subsequent day would additionally start. What grills had been wanted? Were they clear and able to go? Did I have to have charcoal or wooden burning? Did I have to set-up any particular options on the grills? The day would wrap up about 7:30-8pm after shifting all grills off set, cleansing grills, and ending prep for the subsequent day.

Fire Wrangler of Project Fire - Wood Grill

The Fire Wrangler job is a scorching, bodily, and generally soiled job. The job required lengthy pants, lengthy sleeves, hat, sun shades, and a neck gator because of the scorching grills, scorching solar, and the bugs that greeted you within the morning and mentioned “goodnight” on the finish of the day.

The largest problem was “being prepared” and attempting to anticipate what can be wanted subsequent. In addition to maintaining grills occurring set, I saved grills fired up for Chris behind the scenes. This was key to the stream of the present, since some recipes take hours to cook dinner and TV doesn’t wait.

Sounds like a whole lot of work, proper? I had a blast and would do it once more. One of the highlights was going fishing with Steven on our time off. Steinhatchee, FL is correct on the Gulf of Mexico and is thought for fishing and scalloping.

It was an superior expertise to witness the manufacturing of Project Fire, study new recipes, style scrumptious meals, and meet all of the devoted and tremendous gifted those that create the present. Steven, thanks for letting me contribute. Not solely did I’m going from pupil to Fire Wrangler, I went from fan to buddy.

Steve Nestor and Steven Raichlen

Dr Steve Nestor
Nestor Physical Therapy LLC

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