A rocket stove is a great tool to have on hand for camping or to keep in a survival kit. You can make one for next to nothing using materials you probably have sitting around your house.
Rocket stoves can be fueled with just about anything you have lying around that is flammable – leaves, twigs, or even junk mail. They are weather-resistant, easy to transport, and super easy to operate.
So, what exactly is a rocket stove? Wikipedia explains it best:
A rocket stove is an efficient and hot burning stove using small-diameter wood fuel. Fuel is burned in a simple combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney, which ensures almost complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface. Rocket stove designs are most often used for portable stoves for cooking but the design is also used for large fixed stoves in institutions, and to make rocket mass heaters for heating. – Wikipedia
Rocket stoves use less fuel than other stoves and result in fewer emissions. Keeping a small stove in your emergency kit will ensure you have an easy way to cook food and heat water even in the absence of traditional fuel sources.
To build your own simple rocket stove, we’ve found a video you can use as a guide. For this project, you’ll need:
- 2 tin soup or spaghetti sauce-sized cans
- a metal paint can for the main part of the stove
- sand, gravel, or dirt to act as insulation and keep the paint can from getting too hot while lit
- a hacksaw and drill to cut the holes out of the cans
Once complete, you’ll have this amazingly efficient, easily portable stove that is a cinch to light and use for cooking or heating water. Of course, take the usual safety precautions when burning your stove – use it outdoors for proper ventilation and away from flammable objects.
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