Hybrid Gas Range – Cooking Your Food With Garbage

by Tim Fulton on September 29, 2008

How much spoiled food do you think you toss out every month? Probably more than you would like. According to news-medical.net, the average American family wastes 14%, or 122 lbs of food per month for a family of 4 according to ethicalconsumerism.tribe.net! Well, instead of throwing it away, wouldn’t it be great if you could just throw it into a bin, collect the methane from the food decomposing, and then cook with the methane?  Well, that is exactly what this prototype range does!

The operation is fairly simple and the range does most of the work. You dump your food in, it collects the methane and dehydrates the food. It then puts the dehydrated food in a bin on the bottom of the machine for disposal. It doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?

Its not a production model yet, but it would be cool to see this catch on and be put to use. I think they should call it the ‘Meth Cooker’! Okay, maybe thats not the best name…

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1 mirco November 10, 2008 at 11:34 pm

and then you compost the dehydrated, fermented food, and it’s even more gooder.

2 steve October 12, 2009 at 10:30 pm

interesting idea, but it seems like it would have to have supplemental heating in the form of natural gas or electric… it would take a while for food to start generating methane from decomposition, and if you were to simply eat efficiently for a few days you could run out of methane pretty easily.

still— a fantastic double-whammy of reducing food waste and decreasing CO2 generation (and pollution related to finding/getting/transporting the gas).

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