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Re-Asking: Curious about Summer cooking and rocket-cookstoves?

 
Kaela Brown
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Hi! I'm a 18-year-old permie enthusiast. I've not actually built up a homestead yet, but I'm putting ideas together in a theoretically sense. Ideally, I would want to eventually live off-grid, with solar/wind energy, a rain-catchment system. I would like my home to be a combination of hay-bale cob and reclaimed wood. And would like to grow most of my food, through permaculture food foresting principles. cast iron wood-stoves seem brilliant in the winter time, as you can radiate heat in your house for hours while using the same heat energy/wood to cook delicious meals and warm your water. However, in the summertime the heat-radiation seems to act as a burden.

Off-griders who use propane don't seem to have this issue. But I would not want to use any fossil fuels at all, or as little as possible! Others suggested a summer kitchen, but that seems like a pain in the ass.

I was thinking of using 'sun-stoves', patio cob stove, and patio grills to cook on clear sunny days. But on rainy summer days, perhaps using a portable tin-can rocket stoves to warm up the food and perhaps using a haybox (or heat retaining system) to do the rest of the cooking-work:


(mini rocket cookstoves)


(heat retention 'haybox' cooking)

My question is, is this a good summer cooking plan based on experience? Or do hayboxes and tiny rocket cookstoves still get uncomfortably hot? Thanks!
 
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Kaela Brown : My wife and I are 4-season campers, though much of it is now 'car camping' and winter finds us where the weather suits our clothes !

Yes you can ! Don't forget to include the waste heat coming off of your car as a potential way to keep things hot! A Hat Box should be just that -

a critter proof box. But once you heat up your food and stick it in the box you can safely forget it ! A direct comparison would be to a slo-cooker or

"Crock Pot''! Set it and forget it !

A plug in coffee pot dedicated for heating water can be a quick way to turn a dark grey day around.

Google a 'Kelly Kettle', and you may find one at a yard sale and be the only one there who knows what it is, and what its worth !

If you are going to make your own Rocket Cook Stove protect your hands with good gloves ! A 10' X 10' tarp makes a good over head cover, that

and something smaller to use for a wind break add a small picnic table and that should be all the summer kitchen you need ! Good luck !
 
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