As I do more and more of these the more I’ve noticed that my latest “Can do”s are more survival / prep oriented.
This one is part of my JIC (Just in Case) also known as SHTF on other sites. It also stems out of an “I’m sick of paying ridiculous electricity prices and i suspect my stove is a large culprit” mindset .
That being said this entry is about the Rocket Stove. A rocket stove is a furnace that is very simple yet extremely efficient. It is simply an L or J shape made out of brick, steel, dirt, or whatever you can use to fashion the shape that won’t get consumed in the fire. The stack is typically insulated to keep as much of the heat as possible from escaping. This creates an extremely hot flame and stack which forces the airflow to increase dramatically as well as burn up the remaining smoke particles and volatile gasses. This produces a clean heat that is safe to use for a multitude of options.
It can be used to heat water (also as in hot water heater), your home, for cooking, electricity production, woodgas production, and many more. My plan is to start with it for cooking and then move into electricity and woodgas production.
I was unsure what size of a stove that I needed to make and I HATE building multiple copies of the same concept so I chose to make a dual chambered rocket stove that can be converted to a triple chamber stove at any time in the future.
Here are a few pictures of my build. I went with an old water heater as the outer housing and cut it down to 19″ in height. It has a 16″ diameter and has quite a large amount of space.
It was getting late and I needed to rush the next few steps so I’ll have more pictures later in part 2. Here is an early preview for those who are interested in the test run of the stove.