Our daily nourishments and cravings require quite an energy input for cooking. Food processing/ preserving and the electric tools of the kitchen are found in other articles. This article covers several technologies for heating foods for prolonged periods at varying heats; cooking. Because it is an energy input, no matter which one you choose, choose one that is efficient because we will be drawing on resources to cook. For example,
even if it is through the sun that you are cooking, the solar stove still contains a lot of embedded energy in its construction. With the elements presented below, their placement is critical to take advantage of sectors like the sun but also their input of wood needs to be adjoined with another element such as wood storage in relative location. And then where do you get the wood from? Do you have coppice woodlot or better yet a variety of elements to meet the important function of fuel wood. Lastly, I have seen across the world, ironically enough, examples of huge forests that were once charcoal producing zones (La Garotxa near Barcelona) or a more green countryside in general, i.e. Dominican Republic vs Haiti because of the gas propane bottle. Areas that once provided fuel wood or were deforested, now are able to grow because of the fossil fuel input. So again if wood is to be used, make sure it is burned efficiently and it is being sourced from multiple elements.
Rocket Stove This super efficient cooking system uses small diameter wood that employs a rapid draft for clean burns thus producing intense heat. The name rocket refers to the sound that the draft creates, which allows for maximum oxygen to hit the fuel. They are built with varying materials from bricks to cob but the stove should use an insulated space around the burn chamber to radiate maximum heat rather than absorbing it through thermal mass like a cob oven. In fact the simplest form of the stove can be made from varying sized coffee cans and a soup can. The coffee can rocket stove makes a great choice for backpacking and camping trips while the rocket stove forms a cornerstone of the outdoor kitchen/social space. Remember to site firewood nearby as well as a countertop to aid in the overall cooking process. Zone 0-2.