Discussion in 'Cooking & Water Purification' started by OMRebel, Jul 2, 2019.
A sweet sue canned chicken and shin rammen!
Let's just say that out of all the ways I like to start a fire, shootin' flames out my [ahem] ain't one of them
Main course, Cheesy Chicken and rice burrito (with broccoli)
I'll follow up with my thoughts on the stove later tonight. May even have a video...
Okay, as promised, here are a couple of thoughts and a video. First, I had a great time out today, although it was in the 90's with a whole lotta humidity.
The Tomshoo wood gassifier stove did pretty good, despite the wood being damp from the rain we've gotten over the past couple of days. In fact, a passing storm hit just before I got to the forrest. You have to have a good pile ready to go so you can keep constant watch of the fire. And, due to my inexperience, the fire often went out, or got so weak it took a while to nurse it back up--again, due to the damp material. However, when the fire was hot it worked like a champ and it does leave a very small footprint, if any at all. Clean up was easy: dump the ashes and put it in the bag. No walking down to the stream for water to douse the "never say die" embers. Over all, I'll give this stove an B, though the faulty areas may really be my inexperience and the damp wood.
The MSR Seagull 750mL stainless steel pot is awesome. It is smaller than I am used to, but I was very impressed with it's range of capabilities (frying pan-ish, and pot). I did have to use my noggin' a little to cut the recipe ingredients down for a smaller pot, but I passed the test. The pot gets a solid A+!
If you are inclined, here is a video. Not great, but it was fun to make and you get to see my stove and pot christened with meals recommended by you guys!
Damm nice kit right there. How many oz together?
total weight: 1 lb 14.3 oz
Hey @central joe , we got a shout out!
Absolutely outstanding brother! Great meal and a great "in use" review of your kit!
Glad you enjoyed it!
This is ridiculous lol Looked like a good meal and I might try that....no, not the bacon wrapped bacon though! I got one of those stoves on the cheap some years ago but never used it and gave it away in a GAW. I’ve got a solo stove that is a similar wood gasifier design and it works great. It doesn’t collapse down though and is a little large for packing around. Can get it really hot and good enough to fry fish....just got to have a nice little pile of proportionately broken sticks and keep tending it. I like it
In most circumstances (cooking in camp) I found it’s just as easy to build a small fire though.
Yeah, building a fire is a lot easier, especially when cooking multiple items. The thing about building fires is it takes more effort to put out, especially in areas where water is scarce. Plus, it is shiny...lol
Don't count out the bacon wrapped bacon, it'll take you to hawg heaven!
I have a stove like that, a knock off from the bay of evil. Have never used it, and to be honest it has been "cleaned" and I have no idea where she put it. I was reading either here or on the survivalist forum that wood pellets work very well in them. 'Course that means that you are carrying fuel with you....
Great post as usual Rebel!
Yeah it’ll take you heaven I’m sure......literally!
I mean I like bacon and all, but dang.....
Thanks for sharing. I now have that pot in my amazon shopping cart. Have had the 1.1 liter version for years collecting dust, but the 775ml size seems it might fill a hole I have in my different pots.
I've made this twice at home mostly following the recipe - https://randallbeans.com/2016/04/20/family-ham-beans/ - the ingredients are pack friendly and can be adjusted for a smaller quantity. I used ham and bacon (Euro style), but I'm pretty sure a hunk of diced Kielbasa or Hot Links would be just as good.
The only ingredient I did not use was the thyme...added a couple shakes of Cayenne pepper though.
Beans, now we're talking! I'll give that a try
Common, I mean, I did eat the broccoli, too! And I'm perfectly fine today, I mean, except for a little tightness in my chest
Okay, round two with the Tomshoo wood stove and MST Seagull pot. @grey mouse mouse suggeted Andouille sausage cooked in bacon grease and some rice. I went a little different so I could try out the little grill. So here is today's meal: red beans and rice with sausage.
First, though, I must carve a spoon, because I can't seem to put one in my kit these days. It's more of a spatula, but it was perfect. And the shape of the spatula turned out to fit perfectly in my lid handle thingy.
The beans and rice is from Neilly's Zesty Rice and Red Beans Mix. Got both the mix and sausage from Walmart, but provided link in case your's don't have the mix. It is a very simple trail meal: add water and boil.
Ready to rock! Laid a base of thin twigs on the bottom and started it up with a PJ cotton ball. I only used about 1/4 of those twigs.
See how nice that spatula fits!
I found this lower flame was perfect for simmering. Once you get it here, just add a twig or two every 20 to 30 seconds.
I am just going to say that round sausages tend to want to roll. And greasy sausages that fall on the ground do not like to let go of the dirt, even when washing it with water. Let's just say a forest creature is getting a treat tonight.
Boy howdy, don't that look good!
A meal fit for a king! (enjoyed by a pauper)
And a little smoke for our good friend and great outdoor BCUSA cook @PAcanis Hope you are feeling better my friend!
That meal looks delicious! Really like your forked stick anti-roll apparatus, too
Now you’re representin Louisiana right! Looks great and I wouldn’t be scared to cut the sausage into halves....cooks quicker too and a little less greasy I think. Course, a man that eats triple wrapped bacon nuggets probably doesn’t want any grease escaping
I’ll go ahead and toss in a vote for a fried fish and taters meal!
I'll put that on the menu schedule
Man that looks good. I also add andouille sausage to my red beans and rice. I bet it tasted as good as it looks
You are definitely breaking the stove in right @OMRebel !
It was definitely good, although I sould've added a pinch if cayenne to the mix before I left the house. The sausage made ut just right!
Thanks, I really enjoy cooking and it has been fun cooking with it. It has had a bit of a learning curve, but the reward is definitely worth it
First we need to teach him how to catch that fish!!
Dang it, man, you didn't have to expose my lack of ability in front of everyone, lol
Playing around with the stove tonight. filled the chamber with twigs crowded together and standing perpendicular to see how long it will keep a flame. About ten minutes like this:
and another 8 or so with medium low heat. This would be ideal for most skillet cooking or simmering and would need another twig or two every 30 seconds to a minute.
If I remember from an earlier post, I got over 20 minutes using pellets. A 16oz Nalgene holds plenty.
Pretty long cooking time, even if you do need to carry the fuel
I've been considering the pellets, and they may be a viable option. They would probably be great for cooking meals that take longer amounts of time or when its been raining. I think I'll pick some up this weekend. How is the consistency of the flames and heat?
Consistent. Very uniform.
And a 40lb bag costs like 5 bucks at a pellet stove place. In the US anyway.
Fry up some gyros meat, better than bacon.
Could someone please check on @zelph ?
That's just crazy talk!
Bacon has too much potassium nitrate (also known as saltpetre) . Those of you that were in the service during the time saltpetre (potassium nitrate) was put in the mashed potatoes for prevention of peniserectious. At my age I need all the help I can get to keep that thing up.
Well, dang it, bless your heart!
Next on the menu (jumping ahead of fried fish and taters): fried gyros meat!!!