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A weekend tour of San Fernando Valley junkyards

December 10, 2010 |  7:30 am

Three years ago I profiled Ray Cirino, who designed and built a Hollywood Hills playhouse out of recycled Douglas fir and metal railing from a junkyard.

On Saturday, Cirino will lead a tour through the junkyards of the San Fernando Valley, then hold a workshop the following day. "We're going to take what we find on Saturday and turn it in to a rocket stove on Sunday," said Cirino, who uses his rocket stove to cook and to heat a hot tub.

The purpose of such a stove? "Burn efficiently so we don't tear down our rain forests," he said. "It's a new form of a campfire. And they are very sexy too."

The junkyard tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and starts at Apex Electronics, 8909 San Fernando Road, Sun Valley. Admission is $20. The rocket stove workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 3110 N. Broadway, Los Angeles. Admission is $20. Reservations: (818) 834-7074.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times