Sunday, April 19, 2015

Rocket Stoves

When I first came across rocket stoves, I was amused, amazed, and downright intrigued by the notion. 

I liked the utter simplicity. 

I loved the price.

Rocket stoves work on a chimney model. Fuel (twigs) are lit. The fire sucks air into the inlet, and the heat goes up the chimney.

For the same reason a fireplace is a stupid way to heat a house, the rocket stove is brilliant for cooking. 

Because nearly all of the heat from the fire goes up the chimney, harvesting the heat at the top of the chimney to cook is sheer genius.

Head to a hardware store like Lowes and for next to nothing, you can walk out with a survivalist stove that would be fun to use on your patio even when the zombie apocalypse is not happening.

Below are two videos showing how to make one-burner and two burner versions of a rocket stove. Need 4 burners? Build two, two-burner stoves.

Click to watch video.

Click to watch video.

But what about fuel?

While you're at Lowes grab a couple sturdy plastic garbage cans with tight-fitting lids. When you trim the trees in your yard, keep small branches and cut them into lengths that will fit in the inlet of your newly fashioned rocket stove.

Let the fuel dry out before it goes into the garbage can. 

Then store the dried-out fuel in your plastic trash cans. 

Then accumulate more fuel. 

Got a palm tree? Palm fronds burn nicely.

The reason you need to accumulate fuel is not just for an emergency, but because you will need to practice using your rocket stove, so as to be able to use it in an emergency.

I strongly advocate making a four-burner rocket stove and throwing outdoor cooking parties. Not only will the rocket stove be a great conversation piece, it will teach others how to be self sufficient.

You don't have to use the words "prepper" or "survivalist" because people will think you are crazy. 

Call it a "green biomass stove and you'll be the sweetheart of the greenie movement.

All joking aside, this is a good idea.

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