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Last year I got some 4inch pipe for making a rocket stove. But then I realised I really want to use a my pressure cooker to cook beans. Is there a way to to make a stove with small flame for a low heat input pressure cooker?

My pressure cooker was designed to be used with a very low flame, and still boil beans. It works great with propane. Unfortunatly my outdoor gas burner's lowest setting is too high. So I suspect that there is going to be a problem with any kind of rocket stove.
I have a half inch aluminum plate about 14 inch square that I use on another outdoor gas flame. So it could work with wood flame. Maybe if I got some 2inch pipe and made a way to reduce the air intake, but of course that would make a durty flame.  

What do you think?? any ideas? maybe an oven with my stainless steel non pressurized pot?

A rocket oven would be good for bread but I cannot live without cooked beans. And I want to do this by the end of the year because the ecconomy could to crash badly enough that even propane would be hard to get.
 
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I can see the value in a pressure canneing, but can't you adapt to haybox style slowcooking in lieu of pressure cooking?
 
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It is possible, but there are a few things to be careful with.  I talked a bit about it here https://permies.com/t/45695/kitchen/stovetop-pressure-cookers-worth-cost
 
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what is it and show me a link to more info........??


Kyrt Ryder wrote:I can see the value in a pressure canneing, but can't you adapt to haybox style slowcooking in liue of pressure cooking?

 
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I like my pressure cooker for beans too, because I don't plan ahead super well.  I have taken and got the pressure cooker up to temp for say 5 minutes and then carefully wrap it up in some old winter coats and just left it a couple hours. Beans turn out fine.  Smaller beans like navy beans seems to cook super fast and I like the creamy texture
 
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john lindsey wrote:what is it and show me a link to more info........??


Kyrt Ryder wrote:I can see the value in a pressure canneing, but can't you adapt to haybox style slowcooking in liue of pressure cooking?


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haybox

Slow cooking without the need for a long supply of low heat.

Eric used a similar concept in tandem with a pressure cooker.
 
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A hay cooker is like a compost pile? I don't have access to a lot of straw. And a bale of straw costs a lot of money, and requires a truck. But if I had straw it sure would be a good way to cook.



I built a solar oven that I had intended for a dehydrator many years ago in south texas. I was suprised when my freind cooked a pot of beans in it. No pressure cooker.
It was just a large box with two windows and flat black paint inside. Vents fore and aft.

Nowdays San Antonio texas is an inferno so it could work even better. But I live near seattle now and don't get enough sun most of the time.





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john lindsey wrote:what is it and show me a link to more info........??


Kyrt Ryder wrote:I can see the value in a pressure canneing, but can't you adapt to haybox style slowcooking in liue of pressure cooking?


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haybox

Slow cooking without the need for a long supply of low heat.

Eric used a similar concept in tandem with a pressure cooker.

 
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john lindsey wrote:A hay cooker is like a compost pile?



No. A hay cooker, or box is a generic term for an insulated box.

To use it, I heat my bean soup to a rolling boil, keeping it there for 15 minutes. (Dry beans are pre-soaked) Then I put the pot, wraped in a wool blanket, inside an old styrofoam cooler. About 6-8 hours, my soup is cooked and yummy.

Here is a thread talking about more incarnations of the hay box.

https://permies.com/t/40/8127/kitchen/Haybox-Cooking-Thermal-Cooker-Box#493673

 
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After I had a chance to look around I found lots of info:
This Thermal cooking is better than using a dutch oven with coal on top....now I need to build a box for my pressure cooker with some kind of insulation....maybe heat resistant foam? ...separated by a board with a hole cut to fit the pressure cooker into it. Or just spend a couple hundred dollars on a vacuum flask pot.
 
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