January 11, 2016

My Giant Sugar Pot Fire Pits

Gigantic iron sugar kettles are very versatile.

Sugar kettles were used on 19th century Louisiana plantations for the production of sugar. Sugar cane was placed in the large, spherical vessels and cooked down to make syrup. Because they could withstand such high heat, they were also used for cooking.

I love these pots and have started to collect them whenever I see one. They make instant and effective fire pits, and can be moved to different locations on the farm. Recently, we cleaned two of them and prepared them for a night of warming fires, so I thought I would share a bit more of their interesting history. Enjoy the photos.