Have you ever wondered how on earth you would obtain fuel for your Bacon Powered Lamp if you had plenty of bacon, but no light or power, or even a stove?
Of course you have! But wonder no more. Thanks to some very helpful feedback from instructables members for my Bacon Powered Lamp Instructable I now have the answer. The Bacon powered Bacon Stove.
Thanks for your comments Civicalized, Ilpug, twojima, rtanner, and lambsb.
With this simple adaption to the original Bacon Powered Stove you can now refine enough bacon fat to keep you lamp burning indefinitely providing you have enough cheap, extra fat, bacon.
Step 1: Assemble You Materials
All you need is:
- One Bacon Powered Lamp as described in my earlier Instructable.
- One vessel for cooking the bacon. I used an old aluminium pudding bowl I happened to find in my shed.
- One old tin. Big enough to support your cooking pan and contain your Bacon Powered Lamp.
- Bacon. The cheaper the better. I have found that the cheap stuff is mostly fat; delicious, but frankly better used as fuel than food.
You will need some tools. I used a tin opener, an angle grinder, and a lighter.
Step 2: Prepare Your Tin
Firstly, cut the bottom out of your tin with a tin opener.
Then we will need some ventilation for the flame and some holes to let the romantic light out. You can see I cut a whole lot of slots around the base, and some random triangles around the main part of the tin. This process took about two minutes. Rough as anything, but I think it looks pretty arty.
Step 3: Assemble Your Stove
Put the large tin over the Bacon Powered Lamp and place the cooking pan on top of the tin. You want the flame to just touch the bottom of your cooking pan, so you may need to adjust the height of the lamp by standing it on something that is the right height. I used another tin can (gee-wizz those things are useful).
Step 4: Start Cooking
All you need to do now is fire up your lamp, pop the pan on top, bung in some fat bacon, and sit back and enjoy the ambiance. After a while the fat will start to liquefy and accumulate at he bottom of the pan. All you need to do is occasionally replenish the fat in your lamp with this liquid from the pan. Make sure the fat has got hot enough to get rid of any water in the bacon. It can make your lamp spit a bit.
Oh, and try not to burn your house down in the process. It's all a bit hot and flammable.
Step 5: Sit Back and Admire Your Work
Now you deserve a rest.
Grab some Super Crunchy Bacon Crackling (see my earlier Indestructable for the recipe), crack open a cool refreshing beverage, sit back and enjoy the relaxing bacony atmosphere.
Ahhh... Wouldn't be dead for quids.
I really hope you have enjoyed my Instructables. If you did, I'd love it if you could give them a vote in the bacon contest after May 8.