I am now the proud owner of a rocket stove. And I built it myself! 🙂 Even better, it’s cost us nothing but a bit of bog, some time and a very little power. Everything else was free.:D
During my research into rocket stoves I came across this wonderful free booklet and inside was a design for a rocket stove that simplified it to the point I felt able to give it a go. A friend was also keen so we made plans to organise to build one. In discussions with Martin though he expressed interest in having a goa as well and on a trip to Laverton market we picket up 10 20L cooking oil drums I felt would work for rocket stoves. A freecycle ad netted me some chimney flue and the rest of our equipment was tools we already had on hand. 🙂
Today was the day. Armed with cutters, drill, angle grinder, a vegetable oil drum and 2 scraps of flue leftover from installing Martin’s shed heater and a tin can, we constructed our very first rocket stove.
It’s still incomplete but we gave it a test run before finishing it off and trialed it by boiling the kettle. 1 litre of water boiled in 8½ minutes! 😀
The book with the instructions is free to download and the necessary pieces to build it are easy enough to source for free. Your local transfer station (tip) may well start to see used flue coming in now as people light their fires for the winter and discover the flue needs replacing. The used oil drums are possibly able to be sourced from your local take-away or restaurant as they will more than likely buy oil in bulk. 🙂