Tuesday, January 23, 2018
To Cook To Eat
As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.
This post is not about building a Scout Alcohol Stove, as there are instructions to be found on the internet in the two models of the open bunson or the pressurized.
I have constructed both, experimented with both and evolved the pressurized design to become an absolute flame thrower. The purpose here though is to inform all of you, that you could make in your garage, with care, a dozen of these to have around which will outperform your kitchen stove and are much more user friendly as there are no moving parts to break or compressed gases to stink up your confines.
The basic parts of the compressed stove are two aluminum soda can bottoms, a paper punch, an awl or large needle, a utility knife blade, gloves, scissor, a small drill and a rivet tool which will install a threaded burr, with JB Weld.
On the threaded burr, I used a small burr and a small bolt screwed into it, to fill the reservoir base with alcohol.
I will point out that you ONLY USE ALCOHOL in this. Kerosene does not burn clean and gasoline will explode, so this is an alcohol stove, and it will produce heat like a chef stove. I am not going to post on the improved version which I happened upon, but the pressurized version will produce the most pretty flame to delight you.
You will need a wire ring to set your pan on, but enough of this, as this is not a construction of how to use lesson.
The point of this post is this stove will go anywhere, uses a quarter cup of alcohol to fill, will snuff out with a pot placed on top to deprive it of oxygen, and is light as air.
This is the point of this stove:
The five inch Comet kettle of aluminum of 50 years ago. It is about as large as placing your thumb and middle finger on both hands in a circle.
Aluminum heats up quickly and will cook any homemade packet of soup which you care to concoct.
If you can eat poison out of the grocery store in bulk, you do not need those expensive survival food supplies as they sell them in bulk, and you can bag this stuff up and head down the trail.
If you are like me and poison kills you, then you can work up small noodles or spaghetti, bouillon, dry some veggies as carrots, potatoes, celery in your oven, and in ten minutes to boil and 20 minutes soaking it, you got something called supper. Beef, ham, chicken and you got a variety.
This gem will also start some kindling, but just do not engulf the stove in fire. This will start fires and not meant to be charred in your camp fire.
In this, if you care to to obtain a heavier piece of aluminum sheet, bend it into a coffee can type size or discover some aluminum pipe of this type of glorified size, with ventilation at the bottom, set in dirt, filled with wood, and this is a hobo stove version of the 5 gallon cans they used to survive on in the camps.
I built these out of coffee cans, used charcoal and they cook very well, but the heat burns the tin to rust and ruins them quickly. I have used corn cobs in them, in two fillings and cooked eggs and french toast, the soot is extra flavor.
You should have things around that are idiot proof, meaning no parts, no complications, to warm things up on. You should have aluminum things as they are not heavy, and they do not rust. You need things that are thin and heat up fast, for the transfer of energy quickly to your food.
I was quite the child when I designed all the improvements of this and it is perhaps some purpose now to have yourself a portable kitchen bag of some necessary tools like matches, lighters (butane will not work in cold temperature), fuels, cooking pot, cup, something to eat out of and something to clean things up with.
The above will fit in any knapsack, with enough packaged food for a week for several.