OFF GRID WILDERNESS LIVING – ALONE // DIY Wood Fired CHINESE WOK STOVE
Trying to live sustainably and off the grid in the rainforests of British Columbia, Canada.
Gardening and foraging ourselves off the food grid and preparing that incredible food with no electricity and no gas is key for us! Wood is our most abundant resource here at Komorebi. Alder is our fast growing renewable resource and we will be using it for furniture, smoking, heat, and cooking. In this episode we finish our off the grid wood fired traditional Chinese wok stove, light our first fire, and cook our first meal!
What are the essential tools required to create a DIY wood-fired Chinese wok stove?
Off Grid Wilderness Living – Alone // DIY Wood Fired Chinese Wok Stove
Living off the grid and in the wilderness is not for the faint-hearted. It requires a lot of hard work and discipline to survive alone in the wilderness. However, for some people, this kind of lifestyle is worth the effort, as it provides a certain level of freedom and self-sustainability that cannot be found in modern-day living. In the wild, there are no power grids or supermarkets, so you are entirely responsible for your energy and food sources.
One of the essential things you need to have in your off-grid living is a reliable cooking source. While it may be easy to rely on gas or electric stoves, these are not practical in the wild, where there is no ready supply of fuel or electricity. An excellent solution to this problem is the DIY wood-fired Chinese wok stove.
The Chinese wok stove is an excellent cooking source that is efficient and easy to use. It allows you to cook with minimal fuel consumption while achieving maximum heat. It is also versatile, allowing you to cook a variety of dishes, from stir-fry to soup.
To create a DIY wood-fired Chinese wok stove, you will need a few essential tools, including a metal barrel, a pipe bender, a hole saw cutter, and some welding tools. Begin by cutting the top of the barrel and welding a chimney stack at the center of the cut. After that, cut out a hole at the bottom of the barrel to create the firebox. Insert a steel pipe through the hole at the bottom of the barrel to create the draft for the fire.
Next, bend the steel pipe using a pipe bender to create an L-shaped air inlet. It would be best if you positioned the air inlet below the fire grate for maximum efficiency. This is important because the oxygen that flows through the L-shaped pipe feeds the fire, increasing the stove’s overall heat output.
After assembling the stove, you need to test it. Light a small fire in the firebox to see how well the stove works. You can adjust the L-shaped air inlet to adjust the temperature of the stove. If you notice that the stove is too hot, you can reduce the amount of air flow through the inlet. If the stove is not hot enough, you can increase the air flow.
In summary, creating a DIY wood-fired Chinese wok stove is an excellent way to provide yourself with a reliable cooking source in the wilderness. The stove is easy to use, efficient, and versatile. With some basic tools and some welding skills, you can create a stove that will provide you with many years of reliable service. Just remember always to exercise caution when starting a fire, and never leave the stove unattended. With this stove, you can enjoy your off-grid wilderness living and cook up some delicious meals at the same time.