Step 5: Light the Fire

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The first step on the day of the roast is to light a fire so that you've already got a good bed of coals burning when the pig is ready to start roasting.  Teepee or log cabin, it doesn't matter - get the fire started and start burning down your wood into some nice hot coals.

Ideally it's best to have a side fire that you can use to make coals, then to simply shovel the coals into position while the pigs are roasting.  If you don't have room, it's no problem to place new pieces of wood onto the fire, just try to keep the flames from licking at the pig as the outside will burn long before the inside comes to temperature by locating fresh logs off to the side of the firepan.