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.
Psilocybin can cure my health problems, so I am making it. I reviewed and updated everything. I simplified the tables.
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||$700.00||Options||Want||Hard||Instead of multiple thermometers in different places|
There are at least three ways you can help me make this medicine that will cure me.
|Item||MXN$||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|
I clarified the steps.
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 NOW (@HunterHoganNOW) January 13, 2018