Link of the Day: http://abnormaloutdoors.blogspot.com/ . I especially love the one with the UPS man.
The Simplest Type of Stove is not the Simplest type of stove, Part 2
The one thing that I decided early on in this blog was that when I screwed up, I'd admit it. So that's what I'm doing. Calling it the Simplest stove came back to burn me. Pun intended. When I watched Mears and others make a stove out of a log, I was a little disappointed because they used a chainsaw to make the cuts. Now I understand why.
I started out with some old aspen bark. When the aspens get really dry here in Colorado, they get a little hairy. I've used this stuff as tinder in the past and it works fairly well. Not the best and not the worst.
On this day, I had three projects lined up. I took a look at the log I had prepared and was thinking "easy....no problem.....this will be great!"
So I stuffed it full of my tinder and (tried to) set it aflame.
No deal. The tinder burned off well, but not in the channels that I sawed. I didn't even bother taking pictures of the next part. I stuffed paper in the cracks and tried that. No deal. Bottom line is, I think the channels are too skinny and slow air flow - that's why Mears used a chainsaw. I know, I should have thought about that. But I didn't. And I didn't want to cover it up or make Bear Grylls style fixes behind the scenes. (Sorry if you like Bear) A nice wide channel equals air flow. Airflow, I did not have. Stay tuned. I'm not done. I will figure this out using a saw.........but I'm going to buy a new one first. ;)
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel.....out.