I had this heiny keg sitting around, it was a failed attempt at a wood stove, so I decided to try it out as a rocket stove. A rocket stove is a type of woodgas stove. I’ve built several woodgas stoves, and they’re a marvel, virtually no smoke and it burns small sticks. After about 20 minutes the wood turns into charcoal, making them dual purpose stoves. But that’s the problem, once that happens, if your food isn’t done, you have to put it out and reload with bits of sticks and start all over. I’ve never made a rocket stove, but as they’re fed differently, this is not an issue.
What “woodgas stove” means is that not only the wood is burned, but the smoke as well. This makes for high heat and fuel efficiency. If my woodgas stoves were marvels, the rocket stove is out of this world! It smokes for a few seconds after lighting, then only a wisp once in a while. It puts out even more heat than a woodgas stove, and burns for about an hour and a half before there’s too much ash in the bottom for it to function. I realize there may me some confusion, what with reference to woodgas stoves and saying the rocket stove is a woodgas stove. For now just google woodgas stove and that should clear things up. That’s a blog in itself.
The front has that flattened 22 gauge steel on it because that was an attempt at creating a cooking surface for a tent stove. I couldn’t keep it airtight, so I made the stove out of a fresh keg.
The postal stove uses WAY more wood to cook, and doesn’t get nearly as hot as the rocket stove. Don’t get me wrong, it works great, just not in comparison. I’ll prolly still use it in the camper, but for backyard cooking the rocket is my new go to. There are benefits to using both though, the postal stove is better for simmering, the rocket stove is excellent for rapid boiling and frying. The postal stove can be loaded and left to burn, which will keep food warm while you nap in your hammock tent, as I did yesterday. The rocket stove requires constant attention, as you’re feeding it twigs, and the fuel always has to be pushed in and more added as needed.
They aren’t pretty, but they work. Made from scrap 22 gauge steel.
This is my new favorite ramp recipe, what was made in the hikers cook pot was ramp soup with potatoes and mushrooms.
This knife is an excellent primitive culinary tool, used heavily by the Inuit, or Eskimos as most know them by. These razor sharp knives chop easily with a rocking motion, and are even so esteemed that Alaskans hold animal skinning contests with them.
You can google how to make these insane stoves, I wish I hadn’t waited to make one. They require thermal mass (insulation) such as sand, cob, cat litter, vermiculite or wood ash. I used cat litter. The elbow was crafted from three coffee cans, 12 oz I believe. The fuel shelf was originally part of a coffee can, but I made one out of scrap 22 gauge steel, cuz I wanted it to be longer. This one was a prototype, I won’t jb weld any gaps or paint it. Most of the rockets I’ve seen are made from #10 cans, with soup cans for the elbow. I wasn’t sure it the larger diameter 12 oz coffee cans would work. My next model for backyard cooking will be done with an old propane tank and the same java cans. That one will be jb welded and painted, it’ll have a carry handle, be insulated with vermiculite, have legs, and an ash collector, for longer burn time.