i thought i knew fire but as with just about
everything there is always more to learn.
rocket stove workshop
started with twigs,
leaves, and birch bark in
the snow. a small
flame, we watched it grow, added a reflector,
then a chimney--object
lessons in how to
channel elemental forces more efficiently.
we put existing stoves through their paces,
for various fuels
and conditions, then learned some tried
and true ratios for aperture size and
distances between feed, tunnel, and
chimney. thus equipped, we dryfit a
rocket with a mix of kiln
& fire brick, then reversed the flow
by switching feed and chimney,
rearranged the stacks brick
by brick, routes & detours
for the fire's trip.
later, for dinner, i