FPS combines my passion for hunting and wildlife conservation with the overall need for self sufficiency.

Step 1: Here are the basic materials for our rocket stove.

Interesting but not as portable as I'd like. IE kinda hard to carry. I guess I'll just have to be inefficient and cook over an open fire when in the bush.
<p>Four Dogs Company makes excellent tent stoves out of Titanium. I thought they would be too expensive, but the prices aren't that bad, and for a full setup for several people weighs about fifteen pounds. It made me think, why not build one out of sheet Aluminum. The boiling point is somewhere around 2000 degrees. If you can make a box out of sheet aluminum, it is a project that is doable. Use rivets, a small stainless hinge, hole saw for the air going in, and for the vent pipe, and 4&quot; stove pipe with a slit in the side for a damper. I personally would have to do some homework on getting the air vented to the outside, and some kind of spark arrestor. </p>
There are much smaller versions; look for &quot;Hobo stoves&quot; or other Rocket Stove designs on Instructables. You can make one with two soup-cans (one larger, one small enough to fit inside the big one), a little tomato-paste can for the perpendicular combustion-chamber part, and a final can to cut up for the other pieces of metal you use for the rest. <br>If you want to buy a ready-made one, there's even a backpacker's version which has a plug-in USB power outlet to charge your smart-phone or iPod or whatever...
<p>It's been about 3 years since originally posted. Can you give us an update on the stove, such as, how much usage, how is the 24ga pipe holding up, any design mods, have you had to rebuild, etc. Thanks!</p>
<p>Beware if you try to cut enameled pipe with a grinder it can flake of shards of glass, watch your eyes and face.</p>
<p>Can I convert this to be an indoor heater for my two room cabin? I'm in dire need of a heat source before winter.</p>
try the 30lbs tank of lpg stove project on here, I build one for my rv and it works great!! just gotta remember to add sheet metal behind the stove to direct The updraft
<p>You'll need a stove pipe to carry the fumes out of the cabin, otherwise you may get carbon monoxide poisining. Also you'll need ideally some double skinned insulated flue section to go through the roof or wall, so you don't set the roof/wall on fire.<br>If you really can't get hold of that then you need a biggish - 2 foot across - piece of sheet metal steel... get a hole cut in the exact sie of the stove pipe and put through that. could be a bit tricky if the pipe is going through at an angle so you want it to go through at right angles - 90 degrees. Also you want concrete slabs (eg patio slabs) to set the stove on so you don't set the floor on fire. Also slabs behind the stove to stop it setting the wall on fire. Hope this isn't all too obvious.</p><p>good luck.</p>
<p>bit of sheet metal on the wall behind the stove might help if you can't get slabs. <br><br>If you get big water containers and fill em and set FAIRLY close to the fire thay act as heat stores and take the edge off the cold in the morning.</p>
<p>Beautiful job, and well described. I particularly like the way it's really stable due to the trash can, as so many rocket stoves are a bit wobby, esp when they have pans on.</p><p>Just one idea though. If you could find a piece of sheet metal big enough, I'd be tempted to cover the whole top (apart from the flue obv) so you don't get fat and dirt and rain getting in while in use, which could reduce the insulation of the thermalite.</p><p>Apart from that, fantastic. Someoe should go into production making rocket stoves for indoors - would save shedloads of woodfuel - and chopping!! :) </p>
<p>.....and maybe a piece of tree branch made into a 'cork' for the inlet to stop the creatures getting inside and nesting. :)</p>
<p>What is the purpose of the outer chimney tube if there's vermiculite inside it and outside of it? I don't understand what would be different if you just eliminated the outer tube and had the inner tube, vermiculite and the can.</p>
Excellent instructions.
That has got to be one of the best intro tables I have ever seen. I could almost put it together from the pictures alone. The step by step instructions with pics at every step make a project I would not be afraid to try. Thanks.
The big source of zinc is the grate. The later pictures show the grate covered in zinc oxide from overheating. You would need 3 to 4 aspirin for your headache if you cook for a while over that. <br>The truly dangerous thing to do would be to use a chrome grill from an old car. The vanadium can harm you. <br> <br>I almost built one of those things, but I realized I wouldn't be doing any community cooking even in bad times.
No problems with the grate so far but I will check into it further and replace if necessary. Thanks!
This is a great concept except for one glaring health hazard. This is a galvanized can ,meaning its going to flash off large amounts of zinc when you fire it up .So now your not only inhaling it,your eating it as well.Plus now that the zinc coating has been burned off ,you no longer have any form of rust prevention.especially with as thin as these cans can be. Just use a different can like an oil drum instead -which is steel and way safer.By the way the build looked excellent .I'm just trying to save people from zinc poisoning.If you have children this important.One other point if I may is the paint should be burned off away from children as well as it contains some nasty stuff nobody should really be breathing in.
The galvanized metal can does not get hot. It stays cool enough to lay your hand on. The fire is in the black stove pipe.... please reread the instructable. Thanks.
i would want more room for hands in the bottom chamber
awesome creativity
I don't get the joke in the title picture....
Sorry, no joke. The draft is so intense in the combustion chamber that the fire roars. It sounds like a rocket taking off. Google rocket stoves... there are many good designs. Thanks
But it looks like an internet meme....perhaps a font or style change is in order? <br>
It truly is a sad statement on the world when someone sees an image in motivational poster style and assumes it's a joke. <br> <br>The truth is that motivational posters in this style predate the internet itself.
So this is a motivational rocket stove? Excellent. <br>
Now I am confused. I 'Googled' Internet meme and couldn't find any that looked like a rocket stove. Plus - they had all kinds of fonts and styles. Perhaps a non-meme font is in order? Maybe like the sans serif fonts but we can call them sans meme? Oh! And if something looks like an internet meme but isn't, what do Internet memes look like before they become... Oh never mind, my head hurts.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Tsl9yZzhzE8/TSim1cHfRdI/AAAAAAAABXk/dc4M4PWT2Ho/s1600/Rocket+Stove+full+diagram.jpg <br> <br>Is that essentially like what you've built? I can often &quot;See&quot; a design better with a simple line drawing.
Great job! Also, when not in use you could slide out the sheet metal shelf and use the plastic can lid to cover the bottom 6&quot; pipe and keep the mice from building a cozy nest in there.
Didn't even think about that. Thanks!
how long would a stove like this last if you built one? since its made from that thin metal will it get hot enough to start burning through after a while or what will help it last longer that you could do? <br> <br>How many hours a day could it be used, like if you used it 8hr a day every day or something for a week while camping or a month just to keep it hot and going to use it anytime or for lots of use would it fall apart quick?
Hello, this stove would not be practical for all day use. It operates on very little wood (sticks &amp; twigs) and the wood must be slid into the combustion chamber as the tips burn, every 5 to 10 minutes.<br><br>Thicker stove pipe will last longer but it will also rob the combustion chamber of heat. The mass of the thicker steel will have a cooling effect and in turn may keep the smoke from combusting easily.<br><br>Thank you for your questions.
So, theoretically, at least, if you used a material that has almost zero heat capacity you could get maximum efficiency out of one of these?
That's an interesting question. Maybe a ceramic lined combustion chamber?
So, theoretically, at least, if you used a material that has almost zero heat capacity you could get maximum efficiency out of one of these?
I have not seen before the double wall pipe. What is the purpose of that?
the double wall pipe is to create an insulation chamber; when the insulation chamber heats up it crates more draft sucking more oxygen through the heating tube and making a hotter fire. The trash can in this Instructable is not needed (except for stabilizing the combustion chamber). For a rocket stove just to be used for cooking you only need the insulated combustion chamber and some space for the combusted gasses and flames to flow out under your heating element. The trash can would be used if the top was closed (if you were making a mass heater or a hot plate style rocket stove) and sealed but it would have an exhaust near the bottom of the trash can on one side; in this situation the heat acts like a waterfall over the top of the combustion chamber with the edge of the waterfall being the apex of the temperature.
This is a great instructable, well made and very clear. I love the idea and I'd love to build one someday!
What a good work!
Compliments from a veteran instructables creator.... Thanks!
The term &quot;jet stove&quot; reminds me that my salamander stove &quot;roars&quot; strongly when I feed it more than necessary. It seems a rocket raising!
Awesome setup, it's inspiring me to build another. I made a similar one last spring for Maple Syrup boiling and charged it with a blower motor. I used an old propane cylinder instead of the elbow and a larger feeding tube and set the entire thing into a 55 gallon barrel. Sadly (and possibly obviously) the fire burned way to hot (the stove pipe on the top was red hot!) and after 16 hours began to crumble apart. I may build another one using fire brick in a octagonal shape when I figure out a permanent place for it. <br> <br>I digress, this is a beautiful (and efficient) setup and I applaud you.
Thank you very much... I'm planning on taking pictures of all my builds from now on. <br>BTW, I'm loving the profile pic! Where do you insert the magazine? :)
Too bad I live in an apartment, I enjoyed your instructable. Maybe someday when I have my own house.
I'm sure the landlord won't mind :)
Rocket stoves are great!! Your instructable is really well documented. I like that you use old coffee cans as a heat shield.
Thank you for the kind words.

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