by WRETHAOFFGRID on MAY 4, 2009 - 13 Comments in FOOD, LAND, OFF-GRID 101, WRETHA
Basically a rocket stove is a very efficient heater that can be used to cook/heat food, heat water, heat spaces… It typically uses much less fuel (wood) to create heat, and it’s often made from recycled materials.
With rocket stoves, you can use smaller diameter wood, twigs, to burn, usually when people are using wood to cook and/or heat, they usually use the larger diameter wood, logs and such. Rocket stoves can use what is normally unusable and is thrown away. This saves resources, it saves time and work, you don’t have to cut down a whole tree or have to spend the time and effort to cut up larger logs. You can almost always find twigs or scrap wood, and you don’t have to work too hard to find them.
You can make a rocket stove out of scrap material, the small ones can be made from recycled tin cans, coffee cans, soup cans and such. To make the larger ones, you will have to look around a bit more, but you should be able to find the materials fairly easily, if you do have to purchase the materials, it will be on the inexpensive side.
I found a great video that shows how to make a medium sized rocket stove.
This video is made by and stars Vavrek, he is vibrant, adorable, and pretty handy with tools too.
Here is another, more extensive rocket stove design
Here is another
So go out, build a rocket stove, stop using your big wasteful grill, tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers about the joys of using a rocket stove. :)
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