Rice efficiencies

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This rural monastery in Myanmar contains the means for preparing a massive quantity of rice at once in the form of this industrial-sized rice cooker – 100% designed and built in-house by the resident monks. A stove fueled by rice husks (a plentiful fuel) boils water at the clay brick-formed base, generating steam which rises to circulate inside of the metal cover/chamber and cook the rice piled into the four levels of platters within. The platters appear to be the type preferred by vendors for displaying and carrying their wares, and the bottom of the metal “cooking chamber” appears to be sealed with a discarded monk’s robe (though uncertain about that, and there may be a rule against using a monk’s robe in this way).

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