March 1, 2009

Saturday 21st February

Swirl Stove Demonstration by Andrew: Part 2

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Andrew is back to set up his hand-made Swirl Stove invention! This time with a new addition…

regulator

…a custom made regulator. Comprising of plastic container with circuit board and LED light…

battery

…connecting the battery to the fan and making ignition easier.

chopping

Fueled by small pieces of kindling,

steam

sawdust and dry wood chippings,

flaming

the flaming devise was a hit with today’s visitors,

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and kept Energy Cafe in constant supply of boiling water…

night

right into the night.

Check out review by Hackney Permaculture

Bonfire Basket

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After a hard day’s work, the ‘staff’ of the day gather around the millstones to relax, make a bonfire and cook.

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So far we’ve put pans straight onto the flames…but it hasn’t been so easy to regulate the heat for different types of cooking. How to do a stir-fry?

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Andrew comes up with a simple but sophisticated solution: planks across the millstones, a grill balanced on top, above the fire – an instant ‘hob’.

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Hmmm – oil not quite up to temperature for frying.

tan

Tan solves the problem with a bit of wire mesh. A hanging basket that gets the pan closer to the heat. Brilliant.

basket

The millstone bonfire has evolved into a multi-functional stove: potatoes in the oven, stir fry on the hob and toast on the grill. Who needs gas?!

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