Vanlife has challenges. Besides space restrictions, there are also cooking headaches.
We are food explorers, that means we aim to eat the most nourishing foods while subjecting self to rudimentary vanlife tests. In search for perfection we already explored one pot method, slow-cooker technique, frying pan splatter, and now we are on a smoking hot and heavy cast iron pan.
The latter gives great steaks, but it also smokes a lot. COPD is not something we aspire to, so we decided to say “no” to thick smog dressing the van at lunch time.
At first we tried to open all the windows, but not only this wasn’t enough, it wasn’t comfortable. It let the wind, the rain, and nasty bugs in. Our next solution, a small ceiling fan under the mushroom vent.
But that did not work well, either. It wasn’t powerful enough. And because it was mounted a little bit to the side of the kitchen, instead of helping, it only spread the smoke around.
The next solution was a more powerful fan installed directly above the alcohol stove (see the metal box on the lower shelf). We tried it yesterday, and it was a success. The air was as clear as if we never put the pan on the flames. There was only one issue. For that you don’t need any explanation, just watch the video.
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