The so-called Enki stove was made by the Italian firm of the same name. Itâ€™s a biomass stove, which can cook anything under the sun while converting the fuel materials into biochar. It was created for camping adventures, but it would do equally well for picnics and backyard cooking.
The biomass stove comes in two versions, namely Enki Wild and Wild+. It is a so-called pyrolytic stove, since the fuel materials arenâ€™t burned directly, but rather first converted into gas that is then burned. For this reason, it can also be called a gasifier stove, and it creates a smoke-free flame. Itâ€™s also designed to be fed small biomass scraps such as twigs and bark. Furthermore, the waste material it produces can also be successfully used for carbon sequestration and building healthy soil. It is not, however, meant to be an indoor, daily-use stove alternative. However, for barbecues, camping trips and picnics, itâ€™s an excellent choice, and much better than charcoal or gas fed cookers.
These stoves arenâ€™t solely biomass-fueled though, since they require a small fan, which regulates the airflow into the combustion chamber. This fan is powered by a battery, which can be charged using a solar charger. The fan is intended to draw the gas created by the biomass, and move it to the top of the stove where it is burned. The fan is also used to regulate the size of the flame, and can be controlled through a USB cable. The battery for the basic, Wild model (10,000 mAh) yields 50 hours of cooking time on a single charge.
The Wild model is 8.46″ high and 5.9″ in diameter (21.5 cm high and 15 cm in diameter) and weighs 2.86 lb (1.3 kg). The fuel chamber has a capacity of about half a pound (200 grams) as measured in wood pellets. According to the company it can be used to cook for up to four people. The Wild+ model, on the other hand, can be used to cook for larger groups. It measures 13.97″ by 9″ in diameter (35.5 cm by 23 cm), and weighs 5.95 lb (2.7 kg). It can hold a maximum of 1.5 lb (900 grams) of fuel.
The Wild model costs about $238, while the larger, Wild+ model will set you back $362.