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The first group of images are the alcohol cooker
that I have used for the past two years to scramble my morning egg with herbs
mixed with Bacon Bits.
The first two images show the simple
parts to the alcohol cooker, and how it all fits together. The four
components of this simple, but very reliable cooker is a layer cake pan, a one inch deep coke can bottom, a grate
to sit on top of the layer cake pan, and a one quart size can of denatured
alcohol. You might be able to see on the bottom of the Denatured Alcohol
can, there is a date written with a Marker Pen, it is 2-7-08. That is the
date that I started using this can of Alcohol; today's update on the alcohol
cooker is 6-29-08, and it appears that I have about 10 days of alcohol left, so
one can of denatured alcohol, scrambling one egg a day, does last a few
days longer than 5 months.
In this image I am holding a
small shot glass, with 1/8 of an ounce of alcohol in it to use this morning for
cooking my one egg with herbs and bacon bits.
In the two images above I
am igniting the alcohol with an old long nose butane lighter.
The butane has been used up many years ago,
but the spark still works, and the spark is all that is needed during Spring,
Summer, and Fall to ignite the alcohol. On cold winter days, with
temperatures in the 50's or lower, you might have to use a match to ignite the
The alcohol is ignited here, and
burns clean. It is hard to see but if you look closely, you can see
the blue flame. It is hot enough to cook.
In the left image, you might be able
to see the egg cooking in the frying pan, and the egg is almost ready to
take off the flame. I usually wait for the 1/8 ounce of alcohol to be
fully consumed, that way the egg is fully cooked, and there is no alcohol
The last image on the right, is
breakfast. A cup of coffee made in the microwave oven, a bowl of corn
flakes cereal, and some grits and buttered toast, and my scrambled egg with
herbs mixed with Bacon Bits.
FYI, one quart of denatured
alcohol lasts me about 5 months and 5 days, and I have been using this home made
cooker for almost 2 years now. I do have propane in the trailer, but the
tank is empty. Propane is cheap, it costs about $10 to fill a 20
pound bottle, but when I ran out of propane, 2 years ago, I went on the internet
and discovered how simple it was to use inexpensive denatured alcohol, which is
available at any hardware store as a good propane substitute.
I still have my microwave oven
to do some of the cooking and I also have a toaster for Eggo waffles, and
toast. Soon, there will be two more projects to have fun with, the first
will be a kerosene stove top, that will burn with a white flame and have no
soot. I like using kerosene because it only costs me a dollar a quart (as
lamp oil) at the dollar store, and then I will be rebuilding my solar oven,
which uses no fuel, as a kind-of backup to all my other cooking