Do-It-Yourself Refrigerator Stove by Michael
Have you ever wished you had a refrigerator stove? Well, here is a guide on how to do it if you ever want to make one.
Maria was just making a fire in the backyard and cooking over that but her neighbors complained because the smoke was blowing into their houses. The city has a rule that if people want to cook outside they can but they have to have a smoke stack so that the smoke goes up into the sky. So we had to start by building a little patio-type thing and then a chimney so the smoke doesn't just get caught under the roof and stink up the place. After we built the roof we could work on the refrigerator stove.
Step 1: Planning - First we visited maria so that we could get to know her land and talk to her about what we could do for this outside kitchen project. My mom and I measured the backyard and started thinking about what we could build in that space. Maria showed us the old refrigerator that she had that she said we could use to make the stove. I didn't really understand what she was saying and I couldn't imagine that junky old refrigerator somehow turning into a stove so she told me to go to our neighbor's house because she made one out of a mini-fridge. Here are some before pictures and also a picture of our neighbor's refrigerator stove.
When we got home I got to sketching ideas right away so that we could hopefully finish this project fast (but then the procrastination began).
|We looked at some of our|
neighbors' back porch roofs
to get ideas. People make
things different here than
they do in the States.
Step 3: The Start - About a month later we started. We went to the hardware store and bought the wood and the laminas (that's what they call the big sheets of metal for the roofs here) and the cement. We started building the patio roof thing and we were going at a good speed but THEN..... a big post fell off the top of the section we were working on and clunked Anna on the head. At first she was bleeding a lot, but thanks be to God she didn't get hurt too badly and she just had to sit down for a bit. Maria's kids and the neighbor kids helped us out by getting rocks from down the road that we needed to secure the posts. Here are some pictures of us getting started.
We finished the roof part in about 2 1/2 days and Maria loves it. Also we all had lodes of fun.
|This is the cast iron stove top that we bought|
them. I'll add another picture when Alvaro
gets it all done.
Thanks for reading about my most recent engineering project. Have a nice day, Michael
As I promised - here are a couple of pictures of the finished stove. Alvaro said they use it every single day, which is really cool. I think the smokestack is supposed to go up above the roof. We gave Alvaro more smokestack pieces so that it could go up higher but he did it like this. I guess it doesn't matter as long as his neighbors don't care. Anyway, here are the pictures of the final product: