Rocket Stove now fully operational

Finally got the rocket stove working, seems there is a trick to getting them to light – the main chimney needs to be warm to draw air in through the side, so I put some burning newspaper in there, and that did the trick.

Not sure if I should cut the chimney down a little, bring the saucepan closer to the flame. I’ll see if I can find my hacksaw.


What it is – a Rocket Stove (#4)


Here is the result of my project: a mini Rocket-stove, assembled out of old chick pea tins and vermiculite (the vermiculite is the insulation around the sides).

Rocket Stoves are very efficient at burning stuff, and I intend to take this camping at the weekend and cook my meals using only a few twigs. I haven’t tested it yet, as my yard is quite small and shared weith my neighbours, not sure they’d appreciate the flames.

I’ll post pics/video once I get it running, too.

Progress! (#2)

I thought I’d take longer to get this done, and I thought it wouldn’t be such a bodge. But that’s about a quarter of the work done, and only one small cut to my hand. I am going to celebrate with some wine, and I’ll continue with this tomorrow.

I am hoping to be in the testing stage by Wednesday.


New Project – Doomed to Failure

I’ve had this crazy idea for a project. well, not crazy at all really. Next to where I work they’re throwing up a Premier Inn (cheap town-centre hotel sort of thing), and I thought ‘Why not take a photo every day, then stitch them all together in a time-lapse film?’  So I am doing.

Early mistake: Shooting from too low down, so I can’t properly see what’s going on. I’m now going up to 5 level of the multi-storey carpark to get the shots. Depending how high they build it – they might decide to stick a couple of extra floors on just for the hell of it – I might have to go to the very top of the carpark just to fit it all in.

Of course this sort of thing works best if all photos are taken from the same angle, which since I’m using a point-and-shoot without a tripod isn’t happening.  If this doesn’t look like a dog’s dinner when it’s finished, it’ll be up on Youtube eventually.

My New Toy

I love gadgets, my house is full of gadgets. And here is my latest, a spy/sports camera:


This is a movie camera (shoots 720 x 480, 30 FPS – same as DVD) and is small and light enough to be clipped to clothing, bicycle  or radio-controlled aircraft (not that I have a radio controlled aircraft). On a full charge it will run for an hour and a half (not tried this yet). It takes micro SD cards up to 8GB .

I haven’t yet worked out what I’m going to use it for, but I saw it and decided I just had to have it. Plus it was only £11!

(As soon as I have shot something worthwhile, I’ll post that, but at the moment I just have ten minutes of my blurry thumb)