She bought it at World Trade Center exhibit. Why she bought it? Perhaps her officemate bought too so she got carried.
LPG stove is very convenient. Turn the knob and it is ready. Unlike charcoal and wood stove, it need few minutes to eternity to start a good heat. Yeah, might be eternity for first time users. The latter two choices are cheaper especially when the source of fire wood and charcoal is nearby and free – the farm.
Perhaps she want to save on lpg cost since I can get firewood and charcoal for free.
Some observations and tips…
The stove looks like a casserole. It has cover and two ear handles. It also has wire handle. I think it is for easy transport while the unit is hot. However, it looks too weak for the stove weight. I rather let it cool and hold on two ears.
It is patented. Imitation are prohibited.
It has four stove rings (never sure if the right term is “ring”)and one small circle for complete closure. Use only the outermost ring for big casserole. Place the second ring for smaller cooking vessel and so on.
I think it is made of fragile metal, the same metal used for making kaldero. The grilled plate in stove center holds the charcoal. A small handle below it can be moved right and left to close and open the air source. More air means higher ember heat and vice versa. Closing it will cease the heat.
The unit can be disassembled for easy cleaning.
To start, remove all the stove rings. Open the air source fully. Get some scratch paper, fire it and place on charcoal holder. Then place charcoal gradually on burning paper. Place rings according to size of casserole. Additional charcoal can be placed by opening the ear handle.
It’s time to use it…
I remove all the rings and place a grill. Yep, a grill for roasting purposes is provided. I gonna grill bangus.
The bangus does not fit perfectly. I am adjusting the position from time to time to heat the head and tail. There is plenty of space on both sides – this make the air bent below useless. I also notice that I can only roast two at the same time and still wasting some space on both sides. A square stove design would fit three. The manufacturer has bigger stoves. Never sure if they have square designs.
I removed the grill. Place on all the rings and circle. I made sure that air source is completely closed. I want to save the remaining charcoal for next cooking.
I opened the stove after few hours and all the charcoals are completely turned to ashes. I gonna pour some water on it next time.
Up next … cooking rice.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.