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The Chimney Chef is a Terracotta Clay Slow Cooker that uses Liquid Fuel to Boil, Bake and Steam Food.
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Alternative Clay Cooking - By Richard Ellam

My interest in developing a ceramic off-grid cooker started when I saw a video on YouTube called 'How to Heat your Room for 15 Cents a Day using Flower Pots and Tea Lights’ - by David Cook.
I have always been interested in sustainable and off-grid living solutions; especially alternative ways of cooking and heating that aren't reliant on the national grid, which can produce tasty food in clay, warm a space and ultimately save money.
 
 As a ceramicist this idea was right up my street, so I began by studying clay cooking methods primarily from Asia and Africa, where I have also spent some time. I was very impressed by the flavour of the food that is produced in clay. However most of these methods involved burning wood as a heat source; so there is simply too much smoke and can only be used outdoors. 

 So I wanted to build on the concept and design a slow cooker with similar principles, but a system that can be used safely indoors. Terracotta is a perfect clay for cooking at high temperatures on a direct flame. The other important consideration that has made the Chimney Chef possible is the advances made in producing clean burning liquid fuels that can be used indoors, without generating toxic fumes.  
 
 So I have developed the Chimney Chef, which can be put on a dining room table; the food prepared in the morning and 5/8 hours later the meal is ready to serve. The heat produced from 6 x 4 mm wicks is 200 Degrees Celsius, which permeates through the clay to produce an ideal temperature for slow cooking with steam. There is also the added advantage of warming the room while it cooks and it also creates a pleasant ambient light across the table. 


                            A Multi-Purpose System 

The Chimney Chef cooking system  is modelled on a traditional British chimney stack. I felt that the chimney design lent itself well to the concept because it is stackable and it can be used in parts or as a complete cooker.
 
 The base unit and hotplate can be used on its own with a pan or kettle to cook food and warm a room with radial heat. Alternatively for less heat, the wicks can be replaced with tea lights and it is an effective way of keeping food and drinks warm. 
 
The complete Chimney Chef system includes a boiler unit, a steamer insert and a crown platter. The heat is concentrated in the centre of the product, so it is safe to place on a dining room table. And unlike metal pans it won’t scald as the heat is contained within thick terracotta walls.
 
The other two components that I am also currently working on are an Alembic  distiller which will produce clean water and a Dehydrator  that removes moister from the food, which creates tasty snacks and is also an effective way of storing food. These components will sit directly on the hotplate, which will give my Chimney Chef added versatility. 


                             The Production Process

The following two pictures show the design and making process that ensures that all the components fit well together. A lot of time has been taken designing the separate parts on the computer, 3D printing the designs, then plaster moulding, slip casting the terracotta clay and sculpting the details. Slip casting is a standard process for making a product in clay, so it is the perfect way of manufacturing on mass for one and all to use and enjoy.
3D Printing and Moulding

Slip Casting from the Plaster Moulds
Can you help us put the Chimney Chef into production?

Most of the work involved in designing and making the Chimney Chef has already been done and my product is now ready to be manufactured. However, to start casting them from the moulds and firing them will both involve employing a couple of crafts people to work with me and paying a commercial pottery to fire them for us.
 
By subscribing to our campaign we can offer in return exclusive content as our Chimney Chef Project develops; including tips on slow cooking, pictures and videos of the production process and the making of the Alembic and Dehydrator, the opportunity to win one and the guarantee of being one of the first to own one. So whatever tier you choose to help us put our Chimney Chef into production the amount will be deducted from the cost of the terracotta cooker. The base unit and hotplate will cost around $200 and the complete Chimney Chef cooking system will cost around $350. The exact price will be determined by the number of items that we can fire in the kiln at a time. 
 
Thank you for taking the time to view and consider my alternative off-grid Chimney Chef Cooker. If I could ask you to share my project with friends that may be interested it would be very much appreciated.

Best Wishes

Richard Ellam BA(Hons)

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