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On the cays there is no electricity and no gas. If you want to cook you need to have wood or charcoal. Charcoal is the preferred medium to cook over as it burns slower. However charcoal is not easy to come buy unless you buy it on the mainland and bring it to the cays or buy it from someone else who has brought it to the cays.

There is however another way to obtain charcoal to cook over, and that is to make it yourself. A prerequisite for the Z traps that the fishermen use are wooden poles and chicken wire. Poles are cut to size which leaves many ends left over, and these ends certainly don't go to waste.

Along with any drift-wood the pole ends are used for making charcoal. All you need to do is stack up the wood carefully in a turret-shape, cover the outside with sand, and light from the inside with just a small air hole to keep the flame alight. What happens is that in the absence of air the wood "cooks" but does not "burn", and after several hours the organic components of the wood are removed leaving behind the carbon in a form we know as "charcoal".

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