A rocket stove provides an efficient heat source that can be used for cooking and for radiant heating. A rocket stove is a very simple design that uses a wood fire in a combustion chamber and a vertical chimney that serves to direct the fire’s heat upward.
A small rocket stove is generally used for cooking, using small scraps of wood at no cost. The larger rocket stoves are mass heaters that operate in a similar fashion as a wood stove does. There are some commercial rocket stoves on the market and most of them are small cooking stoves. Many rocket stoves and rocket mass heater stoves are hand made and there are design plans and videos online to be researched if rocket stoves appeal to you.
Our small StoveTec rocket stove gives us the ability to cook outdoors using fallen branches from our woods. When we want to cook with our rocket stove, we fire the rocket stove up and within a minute, we have a fire to cook on. We cook on our rocket stove with cast iron and we are preparing a meal from dead tree limbs we collect from the woods. On days when we’re outside and can’t be bothered with watching a pot of food on the stove top, we fire up the rocket stove and cook a meal outside while we’re nearby. It’s a convenient method to cook with and it uses a natural resource to provide the energy to cook with. A few walks into the woods with some ties and we have bundled enough dead wood to cook with. Free energy. And a good meal.