My 10yr daughter making her own spindle. It is the second one she has turned. The first one broke off early (It was my design). The one in the picture is her design. She had a lot of fun drawing it and turning it. She did this one two weeks ago and has spun some wool with it. It worked but was “not great, ok but not great”. Now she has a new design based on what didn’t work for her about the last one….
Experimenting with my first rocket stove.
I say fire in the vertical but mean fuel. Also, I mean it is too hot to use to evaporate maple sap without scorching, which is what I was testing for. So I will need to modify it.
After talking about building one forever. I went looking for stuff to build a rocket stove out of, to evaporate down the maple sap. Turns out we just did a demo at work and had a tone of leftover stainless 316 venting so the stove part was easy (Actually it was too easy 😪 no welding fun for me) I just need to add a more secure base and a grate to the top, that might be fun. I also will add an air shelf to control the draft an turn down the heat. I spent the evening experimenting with it as is.
2 palette slats (pine) and a stick burned crazy hot for about 25 min. They did not go out for an hour, but I figure I would add a slat every 25 to 30 min. if I was boiling, less to steam off. So the math would be about 12 to 14 hours of burn per palette. Using just the slats. Though my palettes are 48×48. With the amount of heat I got I may start cooking my beer wart outside too.
Maple and birch Sap is an AWSOME forage. It’s foraging sugar! You can do candy and syrup and beer. 😛 I am going to freeze concentrate. Then use it as a base for beer. (and do syrup …. and well candy too)
Sap is running so. I made myself some Spiles. I also shared off the design so other people can make them.