Well, believe it or not this notion is still going on (to a certain limited degree)! One invention was even featured in the 1930 Magazine Modern Mechanix, so someone took it as a workable idea! Some craziness just never dies, does it?
Cooking With Car Exhaust
Photo credit: Modern Mechanix
The more adventurous of us may have tried to warm up lunch by placing it atop a hot engine block. A few might even cross over to the crazy side and make a grilled cheese sandwich on the engine manifold. Well, it turns out that’s not exactly a new development—engine-cooked food has been around almost as long as the car.
Way back in June 1930, Modern Mechanix magazine featured a pressure cooker that could be mounted on the rear bumper of a car, with a hose that hooked directly to the exhaust pipe. The idea was for the “hot gases” from the exhaust pipe to heat a pressure cooker, with the inventor claiming that an hour’s drive was “sufficient to thoroughly cook meats and vegetables.” Hopefully the family’s pot roast and potatoes were kept well-sealed away from the disgusting fumes being used to cook them.
Just to prove that a bad idea never dies, a 2015 design competition saw an Iranian team submit a small grill intended to be attached to a car’s exhaust. The Iranian invention was just large enough to grill a single hamburger patty, with the clam-like design hopefully keeping the noxious exhaust away from your meat. If you’ve ever been overcome with the desire for a single, slow-cooked burger wile driving alone, then this is the invention for you.
I guess that craziness in one form or another has been around as long as the car. I reckon it may never truly stop as long as we tend to be a little lazy about some things. Just seems to me that take-out would be a lot less trouble, ya know?
Coffee out on the patio this morning!