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Portable Wood Stove II – DIY

Like I mentioned yesterday, my portable wood stove wasn’t burning that well. I used an extra piece of chicken mesh to (theoretically) improve it.

Below you can see my extended woodstove, placed on a solid surface and already filled with tinder.
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Filled with wood, ready to ignite.
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The goal of the evening was to boil a liter of water in my mess tin, and to make some tea. In order to save as much energy as possible I used my big mess tin as a lid on top of the small one. Let it burn! As it was pretty cold, and I didn’t use a windshield, I had to add lots of wood.
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Only after 40 minutes the water was almost boiling…
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The tea I made had a strong taste of mess tin and thermos. In other words: yak! Before you will like this, you’ll have to hike another 40 km. Sitting on the freezing soil for 40 minutes was not enough to appreciate it.

So what went wrong? To much heat got lost because of the lack of a windshield and because the mess tin stood to high above the fire. The opening in the wood stove was not big enough for easy refueling. So I had to use a windshield and probably also a lot less water. The wood stove is being recycled now and I’m already looking for a new container to build another one.

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.

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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?