Essay: Biochar Wok Stoves, Cooking, Collapse

Alacrates's picture

I wrote an essay that connects together some thoughts I've had on cooking, decline and collapse, that gradually occurred to me over years of contemplating these topics while working as a cook.

http://ecotechnicinklings.blogspot.com/2020/04/biochar-woks-cooking-coll...

I included some discussion of the virtues of the wok pan, and information about the biochar wok stoves I made, with some pictures and instructions included as an appendix. (I follow the general format of online recipe blog posts: a long and rambling personal essay, with the practical information tucked way down at the bottom!)

I used the essay to look back over some of the imaginings I've had on how living in a collapse might be like. I find these vary so much for between the people who I've been able to discuss these issues with. I'm interested in the how these imagined scenarios, and the skill-learning & projects they inspire, even if they don't exactly make one completely prepared for & immune to decline & collapse, they are a way of processing one's thoughts and emotions on the issue, and help one move towards more wiser responses to the predicaments that face us.

Anyways, if it's of interest to you, let me know what you think!

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Blueberry's picture

Great set of skills building all the Biochar machines that allow the burning of wood gas for cooking. One thing to look at plans on the net another to put things together. I love the one in the picture if you were living below The Mason-Dixon line. You could start a small business of selling Biochar stoves too folks making shine. Posting a link to a redneck wok https://www.agrisupply.com/bbq-disc-blade-discada/p/85077/ A worn disc could be used as a wok by welding up the center hole. Keep up the good work.

Alacrates's picture

Thanks Blueberry, I would definitely make you one if I weren't so far north!

I like the "Discada" aka "the cowboy wok" - it seems like many cultures have their version of a sturdy sloping plan -- I think I've seen similar traditions in Nordic countries, and in Africa _- Redneck culture is not to be excluded!

I've only done a small amount of welding - I was going to take a course on welding & machining, I believe it was May - June, but I guess that's probably out of the question for now... oh well, maybe in the fall.

Blueberry's picture

Good skill to learn, so tell Santa you would like one of the these for XMAS in July. https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-flux-core-welder-0588194p... or https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-inverter-arc-75-stick-wel... or https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-arc-180-stick-welder-0581... The listed toys are for welding thin metal 18ga to 3/16 (1MM to 8MM) That would cover most of what you are doing at this time. With the way things are going buying a welder could be a big hit to the bank account. Take care.

Alacrates's picture

Hehe, thank you for sourcing these at Canadian Tire! - how did you know that's my go-to shop?!

Yes, might just have to get a welder & teach myself from videos. So far I've only had a one-week training course using oxy-acetylene torches.

Good thing about Canadian Tire is that they rotate most of their items through sales, a lot of the times you can get whatever you want for 40% - 50% off if you're willing to wait.

Blueberry's picture

Living in Florida we have lots of folk who over winter. Many have a travel trailer that they just keep in Florida and drive back and forth. So its Canadian Tire vs Harbor Freight for toys. The difference between men and boys, the cost of the toys. https://www.harborfreight.com/ Many people will be staying in Florida longer this year not wanting to chance travel.