This is a simple project for what could be, a life saving DIY Rocket Stove! A mighty handy little download shows you step by step how to make one at home — printing this one off to add to my binder of our homestead projects, etc.– great project for Dad and the children! This stove would be excellent for many uses– but boiling water for hygiene, cooking (all those dehydrated prep foods!) and such comes to mind!
In any survival or self-reliant situation, you want to make the most of what you have available (actually, that’s the kind of mindset you should have in ANY situation) and a rocket stove does just that. It can reach temperatures over 1,100 degrees F. while essentially burning kindling for fuel – making it ideal for when available firewood is scarce, or when it’s just not practical to build a large fire.
It’s efficient design extracts a much greater amount of energy from the wood producing little or no smoke, since the wood is completely combusted.
The Rocket stove is based on an ingenious combination of principles:
- The combustion chamber is insulated in order to keep the fire hot (above 1,100 F.) to burn the wood more completely, reducing smoke, which is uncombusted fuel.
- The cooking stoves are low-mass, robbing less heat from the pot.
- An insulated chimney creates a very strong draft, which helps the wood to burn fiercely.
- The wood is burned at the tips and is shoved in towards the fire, which controls the rate of burn, reducing smoke.
This ebook covers several different designs of Rocket Stoves you can make at home with common materials.