My apartment doesn’t have a stove (or oven or refrigerator), so I use these stoves for cooking, making agar, and heating the pressure cooker.
I made each one from aluminum beverage cans, and they burn rubbing alcohol. Because they have different designs, one burns hotter than the other.
When I tried to make the agar, because I used these stoves instead of a real stove, I had two major problems. I bought a glass jar from a professional laboratory supply and it is allegedly autoclavable. (An autoclave produces high temperature and pressure.) But when I booked the agar in the jar, it cracked: probably from heat shock. By luck, the containers I picked for substrate came with four 200ml jars that are heat shock resistant, so I should have a good replacement, but I have not tried them yet.
As I was heating the pressure cooker, the stove produced flames larger than it ever has produced. The flames damaged the rubber seal so the pot could not pressurize. I bought a new seal for MXN$81.
Time is money. Each day I lose to poverty (or symptoms) costs money in rent, food, and medicine. Just as poverty broke my pressure cooker, it spoiled my fruiting bodies and contaminated my spores.
I want to (or must) lower the cost of the equipment I still need to buy. I added a column to indicate items I intend to review and what about them I want to investigate.
|Food dehydrator||$2,000.00||Options||Need||Moderate||Air drying is not an option|
|Fruiting bags, 2||$200.00||Price||Need||Grueling||Real filter bags|
|Fruiting chamber||$1,000.00||Options||Need||Hard||Terrarium||Large. Light source. Humid. 20-22°C.|
|Fruiting chamber, humidity source||$720.00||Options||Need||Hard||Ultrasonic humidifier|
|Fruiting chamber, hygrometer||$500.00||Price||Need||Hard||Combo w/thermometer|
|Fruiting chamber, temperature control||$800.00||Options||Need||Grueling|
|Fruiting chamber, thermometer||$30.00||Need||Want||Easy||Infrared thermometer|
|Spore prints, bags||$50.00||Price||Need||Moderate|
|Spore prints, container for making||$200.00||Need||Moderate||Autoclavable|
|Thermometer, infrared gun||$700.00||Options||Want||Hard||Instead of multiple thermometers in different places|
You can help by sending me equipment
There are at least three ways you can help me make this medicine that will cure me.
- Mail or buy the equipment I need
- Help me find less expensive alternatives
- Support me through PayPal
|Item||MXN$||Review||Status||Ease to get?||Alternatives||Notes|
|Agar, potato dextrose||$1,370.00||Have||Don't ask|
|Aluminum foil||$29.50||Have||Easy||Real lab equipment|
|Cardboard boxes||$0.00||Have||Easy||Real lab equipment|
|Colonizing chamber, heat source||$250.00||Have||Moderate||Aquarium heater/thermostat & casserole dish. Humidity=100%?|
|Colonizing chamber, humidity source||$35.50||Have||Moderate||Return plastic bucket||Tezontle. Aquarium heater in a dish|
|Colonizing chamber, hygrometer||$110.00||Have||Difficult||Analog: poor accuracy|
|Colonizing chamber, thermometer||$30.00||Have||Easy|
|Electricity||$0.00||Have||Am I homeless?|
|Fruiting body samples||$250.00||Breakage||Fuck you||Spoiled because I couldn't afford the equipment to use them|
|Glass jar, 235 ml||$13.50||Breakage||Moderate||Shattered on stove|
|Glass jars, 4, ~200ml||$0.00||Have||Moderate|
|Gloves, sterile, 5 pairs, disposable||$30.00||Have||Easy|
|Grinder, manual||$370.00||Have||Difficult||Finding good substrate||Grinding rice & substrate into flour|
|Heat mat||$380.00||Use||Have||Moderate||It was heat source in agar chamber but has no thermostat|
|Heating element for mugs||$21.50||Breakage||Easy||Make tea for Queen||First try @ heat and humidity source, but too crappy to work|
|Inoculation loop (zit popper)||$0.00||Have||Very difficult||Real lab equipment|
|Petri dishes, glass, 4||$152.00||Have||Very difficult||Disposable|
|Plastic wrap||$15.50||Have||Easy||Real lab equipment|
|Polyfil||$25.00||Have||Easy||Real lab equipment||A poor man's microbe filter|
|Pressure cooker, 7L||$499.50||Have||Moderate|
|Pressure cooker, internal stand||$17.00||Have||Moderate|
|Pressure cooker, rubber seal||$81.00||Have||Difficult|
|Silicone sealant, high heat||$42.00||Breakage||Very difficult||Real stove||Stove is hotter than 500°F!|
|Spore print||Blood||Breakage||I almost died||Contaminated by time I used it|
|Spore-filled syringe, 10ml||$215.50||Have||Very difficult|
|Stove, beverage can||$4.00||Have||Bad symptoms?||Real stove|
|Stove, liquid alcohol fuel||$86.00||Have||Moderate||Real stove|
|Stove, solid alcohol||$12.00||Have||Easy||Real stove|
|Substrate container, 2||$354.50||Have||Very difficult||Real filter boxes|
|Substrate, rice flour, white||$15.40||Breakage||Moderate||Need whole grain|
|Substrate, rye flour||$41.00||Options||Have||Very difficult|
|Substrate, whole grain brown rice||$19.80||Options||Have||Easy|
|Transportation, to date||$635.00||Have||Moderate|
|Utility razors||$33.50||Have||Easy||Real lab equipment|
Steps to produce psilocybin
I clarified the steps.
- Sterilize equipment
- Grow mycelium in agar using fruiting bodies or spores
- Prepare substrate in container
- Add mycelium to substrate container
- Put substrate container into colonizing chamber
- When substrate is fully colonized, add sterile water
- Put fully colonized substrate container into fruiting chamber
- Preserve the best spores as spore prints
- Harvest and preserve fruit bodies
I’m using Twitter to post short updates. Follow @HunterHoganNOW.
I made a beautiful, new beverage-can stove! My best ever? Something new: high-temp silicone to seal the seam, so it's pressurized. More efficient. A coin will cover fuel port. Patched my old stove with silicone, too. Silicone cures in 24hrs, then I can (pun not intended!) test it pic.twitter.com/iNQnB98nym
— Hunter Hogan (@HunterHoganNOW) January 13, 2018