Rainy day, hot tea

by Devin on May 12, 2010

I try to see the open air of my shop as a “feature,” but in bad weather it sure doesn’t feel like it. So I took the opportunity of yesterday’s rain to make some tea and fire up my old prototype.

* Two notes about the video: 1. You don’t have to blow into it – I’m just fidgety. and 2. not blowing into it doesn’t really hurt performance.

For those who haven’t been following its development on BPL, here are the approximate specs of the boiler itself (without cozy):

Weight: 6-6.5 oz
Capacity: 20 oz
Dimensions: Kettle: 6.75″ x 3.75″; combined Kettle & Fire Bowl: 7″ x 4.25″
Time to boil 2 cups (when I’m paying attention and with dry twigs): 4.5 min
Fuel: Darn near anything. The drier, the better.

I plan on working up a complete “about” page once I have this first batch made so I can take average finished weights, etc.