Recycled theatre lantern stove: Part I.
This tired old 10” 2KW Fresnel had failed a PAT test for the last time and wasn’t worth repairing. I was sat looking at it for a bit until I realised that it would make the ultimate stove/brazier/bbq combo. Here’s what I did…
I started by removing the lens - this I’ve already used on another project, but I’ll mention that later on. That was a really easy job on this lantern as the front hinges open to allow easy lamp changes. Once the lens was out of the way I could gut the inside of the lamp. Some of the wiring was reusable and the internal screws and fittings will make useful greeblies for prop-making. The 2m 15A flex and plug was recycled. So nothing was wasted from the bits I didn’t need.
The front mesh grill was put back on. This is the cooking surface for BBQ and the pot holder as a stove. The advantage of the hinged top is that the stove can be lit and tended with the top open and then the cooking surface clicked into place when the coals are good and hot. The venting on the lantern body which was designed to dissipate heat does very well at venting the firebox with air, with the added bonus that the stove is almost cool enough to handle even after an hour of heating. (Almost).
The hanger bracket has been left on and is just slotted into a scaff bar hammered into the ground. This has the bonus of being a useful carry handle too. In fact when you’re done cooking you can pretty much loosen the hanger with the large red handle, tip the ashes out, and pick it up without waiting for it to cool. Also, having been coated with high temperature paint in it’s former life, it didn’t really produce any noxious fumes, at least not yet.
The safety bond that kept gel holders from falling now serves to keep the lid from slamming shut when you empty it.
Portable, efficient, and a smart re-use of waste technology. I’m quite pleased with myself.
(In Part two I’ll show you what I did with the lens.)