Orange on stove

After hand squeezing my oranges i put them on the stove to make the room smell nice!

That is all


Candle empire

I have been collecting trash wax from the ends of candles and so on in a saucepan for a while.

In a flash of genius i then set the pot on the stove, melted the wax and inserted a wick, makign a megacandle.

In a second flash of genius i resurrected a cracked mug into a handy portable candle!

I’m very pleased about this. A friend thinks the mug will crack when the wax burns down… only one way to find out!


My samsung fone has finally ground to a halt. Annoyingly at first i thought it was just the battery that was bust but actually the fone itself was unable to draw 5volts.. in the end it was losing battery percentage whilst on mains charge!! So that saga lasted a few frustrating weeks.

It took me a while to work this out, but then i decided to get a fairphone.

The fairphone is a modular fone, meaning that all the bits can (in theory) be easily disassembled and replaced. Also the “fair” idea includes trying to ethically source things like the gold in the fones. I had seen the fairphone before but balked at the 500 euro price. But this time around i felt bad for buying a new fone (and a bit worried to buy a second hand one since i use my fone quite hard) and i was able to buy a fairphone for 350 euro. The price has dropped as part of a promotion AND you can easily sort out a 40 euro discount. This price i was prepared to pay.

I’ll put some thoughts down below as a review.
Right now, DAY2, am i happy with the fone? more or less YES
DAY5 – battery length is not great, still feels a bit dinky, touchscreen behaves like huawei not samsung, but otherwise it is all groovy. it works!

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More on brikettes

Yeah these pinikays are pretty good actually. They burn for ages and do kick out a lot of heat.

Even if i actually do miss chopping wood, it’s great to have a constant heat source, so that the house is always cosy.

Cleaning the ash without making a big mess is hard from the the Jotul. The kitchen stove has a grate of course.

The two stove system is also going pretty well. I could definitely sauna the kitchen if i had the mind to.


I’ve been burning the pinikay brikettes on/off for a couple of weeks now since they arrived.

Time for some evaluation…

Well, they burn very slow, which is good and do kick out the heat. Thye are easy to split in half, i thought i would have to saw them but they just break. They look pretty in the stove, i should get a picture, since they burn without crumbling so they look like redhot iron bars. When there is enough ash, the brikette gets buried and is still burning hot inthe morning, that’s niiiice.
That’s the positives.

Negatives? Well they can be hard to get going and they are quite small. Thye produce a lot of fine ash. I’ve got 96 packs, and I’m already using a pack a day (epsecially with the kitchen stove in action now as well), so that means they will last maximum 3 months… i bought a ton for 300 potatoes, so i will need to do a second round no doubt..