franco b wrote:What happened to removing the eye and putting the pan directly over the fire? I thought that the eyes with multiple openings were for that purpose.
You go blind first !
If you mean the "round plates", yes, you can remove them to place a pot right over the fire, . . if you have the correct size pots and pans. Those round plate openings vary greatly in size ! I've collected pots and pans (and that stainless steel tea kettle) that fit the round plates of my Glenwood range.
And many of the kitchen ranges came for a "ring plate" - that's one of the round plates that had two, or more, smaller diameter plates set inside each other. Usually the smallest one was a mug size, then next larger was a small sauce pan size.
But, I've found that having the mug/pan/pot bottom expose to the hot coals doesn't heat up the mug/pot/pan all that much faster than just having them sitting flat on the round plate that's been sitting over that area of the stove top. Don't know why the heat transfer to the exposed pots/pans is not faster, . . . . unless the cast iron transfers heat to the pots/pans more quickly then I expected.