It’s official: The panini press is my personal “rocket stove” for the prepper apocalypse. Someone’s going to have a generator. (There were a troubling number of website choices for that link to a rocket stove, so I went with one from “Backdoor Survival,” because why not.)
I actually brought a rocket stove on this trip, a loaner from a friendly prepper I met just before I left. If you aren’t familiar, the rocket stove is a small metal stove that creates a great deal of heat despite using only kindling size wood. They range from simple to pretty tricked out:
Small sticks are inserted through the feed tube at the front, which is angled so the small, fast-burning sticks ideally slide down via gravity, though it’s my understanding they often need some help. As the fire develops, a strong flame (reminiscent of a rocket) shoots out of the chimney. The X supports a pan and creates the necessary space to allow the air to continue to flow under the pan.
But I digress, which seems to be one of the chief (and possibly only) luxuries of bloggery. But back to the panini press and the bumpy omelette of leftovers!