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Steven Baxter
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This question could probably go on like 3 different categories. I chose here because more people visit the permaculture forum.

Anyways I cooked for a few years in a few different kitchens. One of my favorite pieces of equipment to use was the flat top. You've seen them in roadside trucker diners. The large flat hot surface used for cooking pancakes and whatever else. My question is:

Has anyone ever thought about, seen, used, built something like this?
I was thinking something like a rocket stove with part of it being, for example, a 24" x 30" cooking surface. So food can be put directly on to the surface and cooked, just like a diner flat top.

Is there some natural stone that would be safe to cook on. Or has anyone put a metal plate built into the rocket stove. The diner flat tops were usually some kind of metal. Then cleaned by pouring oil on it, and scrubbing with a special brick.

All ideas and thoughts are welcome.
 
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You might want to investigate www.aprovecho.org, they do a lot of work with rocket stoves for cooking (in fact, I believe the rocket stove was invented there.)

They have several free downloadable publications on the design of rocket stoves for cooking.
 
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