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Cooking with - wax. Wax as a fuel for stove or oven

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DKR, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Yes. Wax. It contains enough energy to cook or heat with, just the same a kerosene. Folks will almost immediate say - wax is no good - too much soot.

    Yes, if you have tried a "Brownie burner" (named after the GSA branch - Brownies) - like this:
    soot is a real problem.

    But using a wax gasifier stove results in a clean burn and little to no soot.

    Carry that a bit further and see a commercial wax gasifier stove in action, and you see no soot.

    Yes, such a thing is offered commercially - by an outfit called GAT Energy. (ARK STOVE Portable Stove Fueled with Wax) They use pellet wax, but any wax will work.

    This is the stove

    stove with oven - will bake at 200F to 500F - just like Mom's gas oven - only a bit smaller.

    Wax has some advantages over other liquid - no water vapor while burning for one.

    This post is just a head's up, go to the GATT site if you want to learn more.

  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Now THERE is one for ed gein. Not exactly portable in the sense of grab and go, but if you have transport, looks pretty useful. What I don't see in the website is how you get the first wax lit -- (except that the FAQs imply a battery is needed.)
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  3. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Powered by 12VDC and the stove has a small fan for full combustion. Thought it was pretty neat.

    Designed by an 8th grade Science teacher in North Carolina. He also makes/sells a smaller, non-powered backpack version.
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Says it needs pellets. Also says you may need a grinder to make pellets out of wax "bricks" like home canners use. That isn't necessarily a negative, and actually offers backup to the primary. It's all good, but you ain't using my meat grinder on wax.
  5. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    In a SHTF /TEOTWAWKI situation, when the industrial logistical supply chains may not be reliable....where does one get the fuel for such a contraption once the home stored supply runs out? Apart from bee hives*..... I don't think ear wax is going to keep it burning very long.

    Bees wax has many uses more valuable than cooking stove fuel.
  6. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    IF the wax fuel pellets are easy enough to get/produce, and using 12VDC power, I could see it being used in an RV.
  7. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Used to call it paraffin when I was a kid if made from petroleum and wax if made by bee's. Was a time when most houses were lighted by candles made out of wax. Would seem to be an advantage to wax, little danger of CO, stores for generations without going bad. Wax was used to waterproof things like tents and clothes, wax thread for sewing leather, sealing plumbing, sealing jelly jars, cheeses, root vegetables, mixed with chocolate to raise the melting point, used as a lubricant that didn't dry out, doors, drawers, etc, used to lubricate wood screws to make them easier to drive, used with saw dust or paper to make fire starters, used in small candles under special pots to keep food warm, used in churches in various ceremonies, used as a resist to prevent dye absorption in the process of making Batiks, used to make color crayons, used in the lost wax process for making everything from jewelry to jet turbine blades, used in paints and as a protective finish on floors, furniture, automobiles, boats, etc. Can be used to seal shotgun shells, or to make the pellets stay together for a longer distance or to shoot as non lethal projectile..
    Might be handy thing to have or trade good if SHTF.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2017
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  8. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    What is the difference between wax, parafin, and tallow? Weren't candles made from tallow made by mixing lye from wood ash with rendered animal fats?
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  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Paraffin wax is manufactured from petroleum / coal products Paraffin wax - Wikipedia

    Tallow candles are manufactured, using rendered animal tallow as a base ingredient. Tallow - Wikipedia

    Wax is a generic term....for products manufactured using different base ingredients and manufacturing processes. Wax - Wikipedia

    Even humans produce it..... Earwax - Wikipedia enjoy!
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  10. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I wonder why they did not include TEG technology .I have a fan the merely sets on the wood stove and works off the heat .that would eliminate the 12 volt fan altogether .
  11. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

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  12. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Once a person learned how to make their own wax the road to independence might get smoother .
    So far as wax pellets go, one could mold their own, hardly rocket science .
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