Yesterday afternoon when I got home, I piddled with that old fish cooker. I cut a piece of coat hanger wire and ran it through ll the holes, and through the gas/oxygen tube, cleaning out several years of rust and debris, then banged it all out on the patio. Then took a few minutes to assemble the gas line parts I obtained yesterday. After opening a beer I got ready to test the cooker.
Just an old, rusty fish cooker.
It's just an old rusty fish cooker, but it's got a lot going for it. First of all, it was free. Cost me nothing, because it came as a part of an auction deal. I wanted the propane bottle it was hooked to. Second, it's got a good base. Third, that ring that keeps the pot on the burner. Fourth, and this is what I was betting on, is that after I cleaned it up, it burns with a nice, clean, blue flame. You can barely see it in the photo above, but I've got a better photo.
Clear, blue flame. Almost invisible.
That's a pretty cooking flame and gives me great confidence that it will be a good cooker. That little burner isn't as strong as my primary cooker, but this one will throw enough heat to fry fish, or french fries, or anything else I need to fry. It's a convenient height, it's stable, and it's free.
I wonder what I'm going to clean cookers with when I run out of wire coat hangers?