Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Occasional Definitions: Zip Stove

(1) A sort of wood-burning stove made of discarded metal zippers. Can be zipped together for cooking, and then quickly unzipped again for breakdown and storage. When broken down, it resembles a pile of useless zippers, and can safely pass even the most rigorous customs inspection, though it can take hours or even days to reassemble if you lose the instructions, which will likely spoil your lunch and make you cranky.

(2) A sort of wood-burning stove made of sheet metal. Now called the "Sierra" stove. Has a battery-powered electric fan built into its base so it can operate like a tiny blast furnace. No, really. Has a battery-powered electric fan built into its base? What the fork? Actually works pretty well, but it's big and bulky. Some clever individuals have made their own from empty coffee cans and computer fans. A no-moving-parts, no-battery-required wood gas stove works just as well, and is simpler, cheaper and lighter. So there.
From: Fire In Your Hand

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