paul wheaton wrote:
I have multiple missions.
One is get even cooking.
Another is to cook with less energy/heat.
Another is to cook and not have my kitchen get so hot.
Another is to explore cooking on a rocket mass heater - as opposed to a rocket stove.
Another is to possibly cook faster because the heat is not just on the bottom.
Another is that I think if I can figure this out and get it working well, there will be a whole bunch of other cool things on the other side.
Clearly, someone needs to custom fit a ring from the same ceramic that is on the tiles of the space shuttle, then glaze that, and put it around the side of the pot (inside and out). That stuff is light, strong, and has crazy insulation properties.
John Polk wrote:
Most people think of slow-cookers (crock pots) as winter cooking. They are great for stew, soup, etc, But, they also have a great summer time use as well. Before you head out the door in the morning, set it on the porch and let it go. When you come in after chores, a meal is ready, and the kitchen hasn't been heated up. Baked beans go well with many BBQ dishes. Back in the day, most farms had a summer kitchen apart from the house; the logic is easy to see.