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Oct 27, 2010 01:30 PM

Wasted energy?

Anyone tried one of these?

This looks WAY more fun than stuffing things into your engine compartment!
I couldn't imagine trying to clean a dislodged burrito out of my accessory belts....

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  1. Let's all chip in and buy all the Iranian physicists and nuclear engineers one of these!

    1. my friend had a compartment on the intake manifold of his jeep wrangler for putting food. it was basically an aluminum box with a lid. there were four of us in the jeep and the other two didn't want to put any food into the compartment because they thought it was dumb.

      when we got to the camp site, and we were getting ready to eat our chicken that had cooked in a little italian dressing the two nay-sayers were really kicking themselves :)

      by the way...the chicken was in a glass pyrex with a lid inside of the aluminum housing in the engine bay. I have no idea where he picked it up, but it was definitely awesome.

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      1. re: cannibal

        This is a great story!
        Is this the only time you've ever car-cooked?
        Now I want to try cooking something this way!

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          While an intriuging idea, and I have seen slightly less high tech methods of manifold and engine cooking employed or attempted, people with too much time on their hands come up with this stuff.

          1. re: bushwickgirl

            It is one thing to try to do this as a fun project. It is another thing to actually try to sell this thing -- if they are really trying to sell it....

            What if I have a 5 min commute? What if I have a 1 hour commute? Won't the burger cooked very differently? On top of all these, what about the restriction putting on the exhaust pipe? Won't that reduce the efficiency of the engine? The lost of engine efficiency will probably outweigh the energy saved from cooking a burger.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              All these issues and more, Chem, and that's why I'll stick with my pots and pans...

          2. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Tim Taylor?

            Remember the episode they had about cooking with power? Made a grilled cheese sandwich with a blow torch, and cooked something or other on an engine block. I'm pretty sure it had tarragon in it . . .

            1. re: ZenSojourner

              Oh yes, Home Improvement, very funny show. I liked the episode were he really souped up the dishwasher...

                1. re: ZenSojourner

                  Haha, that grilled chese looked good, nice torching technique. Was that a tub of Shedd's Country Crock?

                  I think the take away here is that where there's random heat and flame, there will be cookin'; engine manifold, exhaust, blowtorch, 55 gallon drum, dishwasher, clothes iron, radiator, it's all good.

                  1. re: bushwickgirl

                    I do believe that WAS a tub of Shedd's.

                    The Man's Kitchen is on youtube there somewhere.

          3. Utilizing engine heat to cook things is probably as old as internal combustion engines! Or at least as old as for-the-home aluminum foil. I remember people talking about cooking their food by wedging aluminum foil packages of food on their engine block as far back as my childhood in the 1930s and '40s. But buying ready made containers intended for such use is probably relatively new. Baked potatoes, roast beef, tuna casserole, hot dogs, hamburgers... it was all engine-heat-cookable.

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            1. re: Caroline1

              OK, I'm intrigued... I can see this being used in the '30s, especially during the Depression Era. Do you have any "recipes"? Any personal experience trying to do anything along these lines?

              1. re: Eiron

                I never did, but some family friends made a 4 hour drive and strapped a brisket wrapped in several layers of aluminum foil and packed with onions and whatever to the head of their motor for the trip and said it was delicious when they got there. Seems to me it was a camping trip to Grand Canyon, or wherever. I think they did fish on shorter trips. It's basically the same as cooking anything "en papillote," except you put it in aluminum foil instead of parchment and cook it on your engine instead of in the oven. Just about any en papillote recipe should work. Heat is heat! Well, within reason. '-)

                1. re: Eiron

                  Eiron: BION, there are at least 2 exhaust manifold cookbooks out. One is called "Manifold Destiny", the other "Diesel Dining". Amazon sells both, or look in the Roadkill subsection of your local bookstore.

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    LOL - even though I live in "agri-cultural" Loveland, CO, I don't think ANY of my local bookstores contain a Roadkill subsection. (Too funny!)

                    Thanks for the book tips. They're going on the Xmas list.

                    (what's BION?)