In Argentina, the most common way to use the Brasero de Mesa is to place just a few hot ambers from the fire inside of the Brasero and that keeps the meats warm. The idea is to place enough for warmth, but not too many to continue the cooking.
Be careful when using hot coals! It is not recommended to use indoors as the burning ambers (especially charcoal) can be dangerous. When using the Brasero with hot ambers, make sure you are in a well ventilated area; do not use coals in enclosed areas. If outdoors, avoid placing the Brasero where the wind can spread the ashes to flammable materials. Do not put a hot Brasero directly on top of or around any highly-inflammable surfaces. For your safety, use protective mitts when handling the brasero.
Today, the most common use is to place anywhere from 2 to 6 tea light candles strategically placed inside the Brasero, which are a safer option and provide sufficient heat. Whether you choose to use coal, tea lights or nothing at all, serving the grilled meats on the Brasero de Mesa will provide an authentic and unique presentation, perfect for any occasion.