Portable Wood Stove – DIY

It’s cold outside and I’m bored of sitting inside. I want to go for a hike! But no hike without a nice warm cup of tea. And therefore I need a portable cooker. This time I tried to make a portable wood stove.

You can find lots of DIY wood stoves at Zen Backpacking Stoves. From very simple to very ingenious models complete with solar panels and micro waves.

What I wanted to do was to make a very simple wood stove from materials that can be found everywhere. Here you can see the result:

In the bottom I made small ventilation holes. I also inserted a piece of chicken mesh to prevent the wood to fall on to bottom. This way there is plenty of ventilation, something you need for having a good fire.

At the top I’ve cut out two big rectangles, those are needed to add extra wood and also for good ventilation. The pot or cup can be place right on top of the burner. When testing this setup I noticed that the holes are not big enough, and that I need something to make a spacing between the can and the cup. That can be a bigger can, or some nails.

Back to the drawing table 🙂

Barack Obama Visiting Belgium

This must be the first official visit of the president of the United States of America – Barack Obama – to Belgium.

Barack Obama

I have to admit, paper craft is addictive. It’s big fun to create those little paper creatures. You can find lots of simple paper craft models on Cubeecraft.com. But he who wants to have a bigger challenge must certainly try to create Yamaha’s MT-01: http://www.yamaha-motor.co.jp/global/entertainment/papercraft/ultra/index.html

So far the fun part. It seems Barack Obama is going to visit Belgium in October 2009 to celebrate the Canonization of Father Damien (Pater Damiaan – Jozef De Veuster).

Staff Meeting (Seattle Office – Rm 1180)

Panic! There is a meeting showing up in my HTC’s Today screen, but I was not expecting it. It seems to be a staff meeting. Room 1180 it says, but there is no room 1180 in this building and I’m not in Seattle at all!

But what’s that meeting room doing in my calendar? I didn’t put it in there. Let’s google:Staff Meeting (Seattle Office – Rm 1180).

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Some people say you should do a hard reset, but according to me this makes no sense. The first thing I did when I got the phone was updating the firmware with a new official ROM. This meeting must be present in that ROM and a hard reset won’t make it disappear. Apparently there is also another phantom meeting, but I haven’t seen that one yet.

I think I’m not going to do anything about it. After a day I disappears by itself. I can live with that.

Hello world!

Hello world! Welcome to Golb in Flemish Business English. Most of the things here were already posted on http://www.golb.be, but in Dutch. As some of the things I’m writing might interest more people than only the Dutch speaking community I decided to create an English blog as well.

I’m used to speak an write English, but most of the time with people who are not native speakers. That’s why I used the term “Flemish Business English”. It might not sound like English, but if you would like to do just a little effort you should be able to understand what I’m trying to tell you.

In most cases my Flemish Business English is easier to understand than the Dutch to English translation of Google Translate, so why shouldn’t I give it a try?