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Friday, March 7, 2008

Finding a Place for the Superkalan Outdoor Stove

Well, we knew that a wood stove (or a “multi-fuel” stove, for that matter) would still have some smoke somehow. So putting it indoors was out of the question. The nearest location we had for it was at the garage near our laundry area where the washing machine was. Immediately, the disadvantage of having it in a COVERED garage is when residue or creosote forms on the walls and the ceiling. It’s the yellow-brownish shiny residue that more likely will worsen the more we use the stove.

The next thing we noticed is that although the stove is relatively easy to load with the fuel feeder’s height, it's not so easy when cooking. The pot's height on top of the stove is too high. It's not only inconvenient, it might even be downright dangerous especially when cooking soups, stews, etc. So what we did is to put the stove outside, near the mango tree. The nice thing with this setup is the smoke doesn't linger.

A slight problem with the above setup though is that we have to bend when cooking or squat when feeding the fuel. At this low height, it also becomes too tempting for our dog, Snoopy, to grab and snatch the food.