I searched the “cooking” threads looking for where to put this. Life goes on maybe, not a TLUD, not exactly cooking on woodgas. But I guess a rocket stove, when built and used properly, is just a really simple on-demand wood gasifier so I decided to put it here.
Had a big canning day. Our family except Jakob and also had a few people show up to learn how to make apple sauce and can some other things. Made a big pan to fire over Jakob’s charcoal hearth. (three built-in rocket chimneys).
The pan is made from an elevator cab roof that we took out during an upgrade in a hospital in North Carolina when I was about 18. I think it was a 1957 model Otis. It has those rounded edges which was really nice. Has to cut it down to size and put a plate on the bottom. Anyway, it turned out a lot better than I expected, and with no leaks, and it works better than I ever dreamed as a steamer and steam canner.
Also tested using some of the waste heat on top to dry some apples using an old bed frame with window screen.
That worked out super well too, except that they got smaoked some from the exhaust. It would work very well if it had piped-away exhaust.
Ended up with 108 quarts of really good thick apple sauce.
10 qts of sliced pears
11 qts of canned figs
5 qts of pickled okra
about 1 gallon of dried apple slices.
about 12 gallons of skins and cores for the bio-gas digesters (decided against making vinegar this year)
Fired the pan to cook the apples and to water bath. Cooked from 6 AM to about 3 PM using the equivalent of 80 linear feet of 2x4’s (spruce and yellow pine) and a small bundle of sticks to get started.
Only Lost 4 quarts to breakage.
We cooked (steamed) the apples in floating disposable (to other people) aluminum casserole pans and the black rings are slices of a barrel used to keep the jars from moving around. We can easily fit 6 barrel rings in the pans with lots of extra room. Three rocket chimneys 7"x7" made just a little shorter than by the 2/3 principle took about 50 minutes from cold start to rolling boil.
Here are a few pics.
Sorry, we apparently didn’t get any pics of the actual cooking.