Friday, November 21, 2014

Stalling and the Butane Follies

Okay, I admit it, we're stalling.  We've a bunch of videos, entries, and the full set of plans about ready to go on this board.  We also have new entries ready for our site.  So why are we stalling?


Our marina is in the process of installing fiber optic broadband, the cables went in a few days ago and we're just waiting for them to trench it across the parking lot to the marina office.  Until then, we're stuck tethering a cell phone for uploads, which is slow, tedious, and expensive.  We had been prepping things and then going to our local library to upload.  Then they closed the Essex branch for repairs. . . . .not to be opened until December.

So we're stalling a bit, waiting on the marina broadband to get hooked up, hopefully in the next week, to upload all this stuff.  Please bear with us.


One of the things we DIDN'T anticipate was the effect of the cold weather on our butane stove.

I knew from our restaurant that these things were less efficient in cold temperatures, but the combined effect of cold weather and the significant drop in the temperature of the canisters when the gas is released (same thing that happens in your air conditioner coils), means that what starts as a perfectly nice flame suddenly becomes a barely lit trickle of heat.  Most of the disasters with these butane catering stoves seem to have been caused by people trying to warm the canister while the stove is lit.  This qualifies as Natural Selection.

As a result in the next week or so we're trying out a Butterfly 16 wick Kerosene stove.  We'll give you a full report, both here and on our cooking blog.  Stay tuned.