May 18, 2010
The backlog continues … I’ll catch up in a day or two.
Some more attempts at controlling the temperature using firewood of various sizes, can a larger log maintain the liquid simmering after I’ve reached the boil – freeing me of the constant feeding of the fire. Today I am just cleaning the soapstone vessel by boiling water in it
10:49 The soapstone vessel is placed over the fire
10:57 The water starts to simmer
11:10 continued simmering…
11:14 the simmering is at a minium, hopefully enough to cook porridge though
adding more firewood in rather small pieces
11:21 it is boiling
11:44 I wrote something illegible in my notebook … (note to self I need to try to be a bit more clearer in what I write down, especially since the note book is smudged with soot and dirt and there is a delay in getting it to the computer)
The reduction of the liquid is reasonable, not the same drastic reduction as I could observe in the metal cauldron.
By chagning the size of the firewood some control of both smoke and temperature can be maintained. Need to explore the use of larger logs for simmering a bit more. Can I use them without getting to much smoke from them.