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Anybody Use a Rocket Stove?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Bushflyr, May 25, 2011.

  1. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
    For outdoor cooking I have a large BBQ chef that sits unused because it takes a half bag of charcoal every time I fire it up. I have a small Japanese clay hibachi that works great and only takes about 5 briquettes to cook a full meal. But it still requires charcoal and is only a grill.

    I'm looking at building or buying a Rocket stove (probably building) and was wondering if anyone used one on a regular basis? By all accounts they are SUPER efficient and use a very tiny amount of twigs or cardboard for a given heat output.

    Last edited: May 25, 2011

  2. R_W


    Nov 8, 2007
    Yup. Hints:

    Don't overbuild it. You want thin metal (preferrably stainless) and perlite/vermiculite insulation so that as much heat goes to the cookpot as possible. The heavy ones suck up a fair bit of heat--fine for one you plan to simmer on all day but a waste if you plan to only do short burns.

    You can build them from cob if you want cheap.

    The gap around your pot/pan is very important. Figure out what pan(s) you want to use and then build accordingly.

    They take a lot of babysitting because you have such a small fire.

    I haven't got it right (yet) but those are the mistakes I have made so far.
  3. will definately be looking into this.
  4. ruthlessFF


    Jan 6, 2004