Cheap Fuel Source courtesy of " Stewart Maclachlan "

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Cheap Fuel Source courtesy of " Stewart Maclachlan "

Postby Dan » Sat May 21, 2016 6:27 pm

Reproduced from the original article with permission by our friend " Stewart Maclachlan "

I'm a big fan of urban backyard bushcraft.
Today I'm going to test out this 'novel' fuel source I foraged from Wilkos.
You can buy 3kgs/5L of wood pellets for £1.20p,
pellets.jpg


Potentially a lot of easy to use fuel!
With a ' pine fragrance' they are a 'natural and recycled ' product.
I am 'repurposing' them as they also have 'supreme absorbency' for another less salubrious use.
I'm going to attempt to cook my dinner with them,
bushcraft style.
You'll see how I get on
Here is the Rocket stove i used which can be purchased from the manufacturer HERE
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Here is the pellets burning very lively and fierce,
I started them with a small firelighter block.
I didn't go through much at all.
Needed topping up with a handful every 5 minutes.
pellets burning.jpg


As you can see they quickly got up to temperature
and gave a good rolling boil
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And here is what i cooked
Dry Fried brown rice, with chillis, onions, dry lentils and salt.
Delicious actually.
And i enjoyed the cooking.
This meal used about half a pint of these pellets.
rice.jpg


As much power as I needed,
Not much ash was left in the end.
Quite a smell of pitch, no smell of anything else,
so I guess they're made from pine.
Overall a success


Specifications on the stove:
C. Ecozoom Versa – Rocket Stove
£109.95 includes postage to mainland UK

ZOOM VERSA ROCKET STOVE – WOOD, BIOMASS OR CHARCOAL FUEL

Super High Efficiency Portable Cooking Stove
Great For The Outdoors And Camping As Well As General Emergency Preparedness
Fully Insulated Body and Refractory Metal Lined Combustion Chamber Transfers The Maximum Amount Of Heat To Your Pots & Pan
Uses Wood, Biomass & Charcoal (No Camping Gas Necessary)
Durable Three-Pronged Cast Iron Top, Study Steel Handles With Silicone Grips Keep Handles Cool


Product Description:

Zoom Versa Rocket Stove – Wood, Biomass, or Charcoal Fuel

EcoZoom’s Zoom Versa rocket stove offers the flexibility to cook with wood, charcoal, or solid biomass fuel in a rugged and durable design. The versatility of the stove makes it your perfect outdoor cooking stove for almost any need. The Versa is the most popular model in the UK and makes for a great camping, patio, or emergency preparedness cooking solution. A fully insulated vertical combustion chamber forces gases to mix with flames when in use, decreasing harmful emissions whilst giving tremendous fuel efficiency. The combustion chamber and top door insulation is lined with a refractory metal to provide ultimate durability. Both the main combustion chamber door and the damper door (bottom door) have reinforced metal frames with hinges that serve to securely close the doors and regulate airflow. Lastly, the Versa features EcoZoom’s newly designed three-prong stove top and stainless steel handles. The new flattened prongs decrease the chance of chipping the cast iron top while still offering the ability to cook with a flat or rounded bottom pot/pan. The new rigid stainless steel handles are covered with silicone grips to ensure they stay cool even when the stove is hot – great for shaking out the ash.

Adding adjustable doors to a Rocket stove allows for control of the air that enters the fire to speed up or slow down the rate of gas air combustion. More air is needed to start a cold fire and to create a hot fire initially. Once the fire is going, partially closing the bottom door limits the air, increases heat transfer to the pot and reduces harmful emissions.


Footnote:

We appreciate the kind permission from Stewart Maclachlan for allowing us to reproduce his images and experience using this stove. This is an item that i am seriously considering purchasing myself, and i will deffo pinch his recipe for the rice as that does indeed look hearty and scrumptious!


Smell that? You smell that? Bacon, son.
Nothing else in the world smells like that!
You know, one time we was working, we hadn't eaten all day, for 18 hours. When it was all over, We walked into the cafe.
We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' bacon sandwich.
The smell, you know that bacon smell, the whole cafe, Smelled like
Bacon! : 2015 Johnny in his best Kilgore voice!

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Re: Cheap Fuel Source courtesy of " Stewart Maclachlan "

Postby Dan » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:42 pm

By Stewart Maclachlan

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i was out camping last weekend, in a campsite with loads of pine cones.
Being a tightwad I decided to burn pine cones instead of costly charcoal
in my EcoZoom Versa rocket stove, for cooking.
Wood was available but too green to burn.
The Versa burns anything (Versatile).
But those pine cones didn't burn well, they were too fresh.
I took a load home and chucked them in the SunOven solar cooker for a day,
to see if they 'seasoned' .


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Here they are half filling the oven.
It was warm but mostly cloudy


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Here they are after a day in the solar cooker.
Dry as a bone, all opened up and risen, nearly filling up to the lid.


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I lit up the Zoom Versa this morning with the pine cones.
it fired so easily, and burnt hot and fast.
The rocket effect was visible and so little smoke.
they're a great fuel, easy to handle and reload with.
Nice smell.


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no fuel canisters, gas or petrol was wasted in the creation of this rockety flame.
solar and pine cones, free fuel throughout!



Footnote:


We again appreciate the kind permission from Stewart Maclachlan for allowing us to reproduce his images and experiences using this stove.
Smell that? You smell that? Bacon, son.
Nothing else in the world smells like that!
You know, one time we was working, we hadn't eaten all day, for 18 hours. When it was all over, We walked into the cafe.
We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' bacon sandwich.
The smell, you know that bacon smell, the whole cafe, Smelled like
Bacon! : 2015 Johnny in his best Kilgore voice!


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