[Stoves] Summer Stove Camp 2011
deankstill at gmail.com
Thu Jun 16 14:30:33 PDT 2011
FUELS OF THE FUTURE
Many thoughtful researchers in the stove movement have commented that the
search for cleaner cooking begins with the fuel. Obviously, a car will not
run with too much water in the gas. Using appropriate fuels is an integral
part of cleaner burning. Even wooden sticks need to be dried below 25%
moisture content to burn well. 15% moisture content is within the optimal
range for reducing fuel use and emissions.
There are fuels, most notably sunshine, that do not need preparation before
use. One of two "intellectual villages" at Stove Camp will spend the week
testing and evolving solar solutions that most effectively cook food. There
are now solar cookers that can cook at night! There are inexpensive solar
cookers that can cook beans with little muss or fuss. Solar cooking does not
increase entropy. Cooking with sunshine doesn't cause the harmful emissions
that kill about 1.6 million women and children per year. Perhaps a great
commercially viable solar solution can be found that will help replace the
burning of biomass? Let's spend a week and see what happens! The best stove
wins the coveted "Cat Piff" Award. We are working on a solar cooker that
cooks at night!
The second goal this year is to test all kinds of natural fuels under the
emission hood in various clean burning stoves. Maybe rabbit or goat pellets
can be burned very cleanly in a TLUD? Sticks of grasses did pretty well last
year in a earthen Rocket stove. We are now making briquettes for the
institutional stoves. Teams are invited to create the most effective, lowest
emission fuel/stove combinations. Win the $250 prize! Our hope is that a
catalog of fuels and stoves will be started at Stove Camp and then expanded
by Aprovecho staff. (In the same way, the staff continued testing charcoal
stoves after Stove Camp 2010 and will soon publish "Comparing Charcoal Cook
We are looking forward to burning all kinds of ...stuff.
Summer Stove Camp is July 25-29 and costs $300 for the week. You can camp
out here at the lab, on a beautiful Oregon river, or sleep at local hotels.
We are located in the small rural town of Cottage Grove, Oregon. Dean loves
to take Stove Campers sailing on his English yawl. Aprovecho staff also
teach introductory classes and make sure that we learn as much as possible.
We've been in the New Yorker and an Italian film. Who will come to document
this year's activities?
Contact Mike at apromike at gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected
767 0287 to reserve a spot.
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