by BCtruck – Subscribe to his youtube channel for more interesting home workshop projects…
I came across a video by the inventor, Paul Elkins. I am a fan of his but I haven’t watched his entire catalog of videos. The one that really got my gears turning was his experiments with tea candles for the purposes of cooking or heating water.
Pauls trials were what I would call moderately successful. I thought I could make something that would work better at capturing the heat that a tea candle puts off.
I made a tea candle stove and I designed it around a thin gauge metal pot with a lid. After several experiments and even more, attempts at fine tuning and tweaking,I was able to cook a stew over the candles in less than 3 hours. It actually got far hotter than I wanted it to and I had to blow out 5 of the 9 candles I started the stew with.
That was so successful that I removed the pot and tried cooking stir fry over those candles. That was not a success but I knew why. The candles were not close enough to the wok to get it hot enough to stir fry. I decided that I would design another stove to be used exclusively with a cast iron skillet.
I began by choosing a skillet that I had a duplicate of, and taking a measurement.
I deducted 3/8ths of an inch from that measurement and cut a hole that size in a 14.5 x 14.5-inch piece of plywood.
Next, I took that circle of wood I had just cut out and secured it in my bench vise. I got a 1 5/8ths hole cutting saw and drilled 8 holes in it,evenly spaced around the edge and one dead center.
Then, I went to the table saw and cut out the 14.5 x 3.5-inch sides.
I then assembled the 4 sides, glued and nailed them together, then I did the same to the top.
While the glue was drying, I screwed a handle onto the tea candle paddle,stained and put two coats of polyurethane on the entire stove.
Since I was out of bacon, I was forced to go to plan B, which was spam. That was a resounding success and it made me go out right then and buy some bacon and cook it. It did take a little longer than I would have liked, but it was a success!
Now, I’m looking into making my own multi-wicked candle poured into a foil pie tin . The tea candles are more than sufficient heat wise, but they are .4 cents apiece. That s not bad for cooking a meal,even if you used ten,but I’m convinced I can make them cheaper and get them hotter by making them myself. If you would like to watch the videos of either the spam or bacon being cooked on this stove,here are the links to them both