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Wire Stove

Inexpensive brass wire was used to reinforce the ceramic stove construction. As we know, every ceramic liner breaks during cooking due to temperature differences in the monolith construction. Wire prevents the stove from falling apart and even if the stove is fully broken, it does not reduce the efficiency. The stove is now very durable and can be used for much longer time!

Thank you Mr.Franci Stern from Slovenia for making this sample prototype – the stove looks beautiful! We already tested the stove and it works great! Mr. Franci explained the technique of wire-meshing is used to reinforce pottery and prolong its life-time. It is a quick-to-do and inexpensive work, but in the most countries around the world, wire can be recycled from wire-hangers or other discarded wire

The idea for using wire as a reinforcement for the stove was also inspired by Liz To, a design/engineering student who made an interesting stove construction:

Thab is a template of a portable rocket stove for Tibetan nomads that is made of unwanted wire hangers from North America. Many people from third world countries experience indoor pollution from cooking with an open fire therefore it is important for them to have a stove to promote better health.

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  1. Crispin in Waterloo said, on June 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    One of the ways to get wire in a place where you think there isn’t any is to cut the ‘bead’ out of a large tire, like a truck tire. The bead is the thickened part that hold the rim. In most cases this ring of rubber is burned to liberate the wire. The thickest part of the bead is full of very strong wire that will be annealed by the fire, making it useable. The smaller the tire, the thinner the wire.

    Henry Appleton consumed 5 tires per week and famously made coat hangers in Monrovia during the Liberian civil war. He and four others managed to make enough money to stay alive for five months using hand tools I made during a training course in 1989.

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