What is a Rocket Stove
A rocket stove is a type of cooking stove that is designed to burn small pieces of wood or other biomass efficiently and with minimal smoke. It is called a “rocket” stove because the combustion process produces a strong, focused flame that resembles a rocket engine.
The design of a rocket stove typically consists of a combustion chamber, a vertical chimney, and a horizontal fuel magazine or feed tube. The fuel, such as small sticks or twigs, is placed into the fuel magazine and ignited. The flame travels up the chimney, creating a strong draft that pulls air into the combustion chamber and ensures efficient burning.
Rocket stoves are known for their high thermal efficiency, meaning they convert a large portion of the fuel’s energy into heat. The efficient combustion process results in less smoke and emissions compared to traditional open fires or less efficient stoves. Rocket stoves are often used for cooking and heating in areas where firewood or biomass is the primary source of fuel, especially in developing countries or off-grid settings.
Why Build a Rocket Stove
The advantages of rocket stoves include their fuel efficiency, reduced smoke and pollution, and the ability to use small pieces of wood or biomass, which are often readily available. They can be made from simple, inexpensive materials such as bricks, metal pipes, or even tin cans, making them accessible and affordable in many contexts. Rocket stoves have gained popularity as a sustainable and eco-friendly cooking solution in various parts of the world.
We build this stove from scrap metal around our home. The metal we used was a little thinner than we’d like but it’ what we had to work with. It was a great project for this part-time prepper and satisfying to see it come together in one afternoon. It’s now a part of our prepping tools.