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With a little creativity and a lot of recycled materials, you can make this Tiki Rocket Stove for under $40.

A rocket stove is an efficient cook stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney which ensures complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface. (Taken from Wikipedia)

The Tiki rocket stove came from the idea of combining a Tiki torch with a stone statue for a one of a kind back yard garden stove. It features a metal combustion chamber, deep charcoal concrete mass with a Volcano rock cooktop (of course).

Materials List:
Plastic bucket from local bakery - $1
1 Empty soup can – Free
1 Eight inch scrap metal tube –Free
2 Plastic paper roll end caps from sign shop – Free
1 9 x 12 wood board  1 ½ thick – Free
1 Counter top board – Free from estate sale
1 Bag CHENG Outdoor Pro Formula Mix Charcoal color - $30
1 Bag Volcano rock – Free leftover from gas fireplace insert
2 Bags (120 lbs) of  concrete mix - $8
20 Drywall screws
1 Roll Duct Tape
1 Gallon of water


Tools:
Table saw
Jig saw
Drill
Tin snips
Pry Bar
Screwdriver
Wheel Barrow
Shovel/Cup/Trowel
Rubber Gloves are a Must (your hands will thank you!)
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Create Tiki Face - nose and forehead form:

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• On the front of the bucket, measure 2 to 3 inches from the top and draw the nose and brow to use as a guide.

• Use the soup can to locate the opening for the mouth and draw this to illustrate the face.

Step 2: Step 2: Construct Main Form

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• Now, transfer your face drawing to the 9 x 12 -1 ½ thick wooden board.

• Cut the board from the top and remove the nose section.

• Center the face board on the inside of the front of the bucket, drill and screw the plastic end caps to the bottom of the bucket and under the nose.

• You should be screwing the bottom plastic paper end cap through the bucket into the counter top board.

• Duct tape is used to smooth out the face and fill the gap edges of the face board.

Step 3: Step 3: Construct metal rocket chimney

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• Cut a 8" long section of metal tube 3" in diameter. One end will fit into the plastic paper end cap mounted to the bottom of the bucket.

• Measure, cut and fit the soup can to serve as the mouth/loading chamber. The open end should fit snug onto the plastic paper tube end attached to the face board.

• Test fit the chimney and mouth, adjust as needed.

Step 4: Step 4: Mix + Pour + Cure

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It’s important to note that this project is created upside down, The Tiki head is filled with Volcano rocks and then the concrete is filled around the chimney pipe until the bucket is full.

• Add concrete to the wheel barrow.

• Mix 1 cubic foot pack of CHENG Outdoor Pro-Formula together.

• Slowly add water. Mix until there are no dry clumps.

Fill the form:
• Work the concrete between the face board nose. Fill evenly around the nose and chimney tube.

• Pour Volcano rocks into the bottom layer of the bucket.

• Evenly fill concrete to the top.

• Allow to cure for 4 days before de-molding.

Step 5: Step 5: De-mold Bucket

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• Tilt the bucket on the side and remove the screws that hold the face board on.

• Remove the bucket from the countertop board.

• Work the concrete out of the bucket gradually. Turn the bucket over and lift the bucket off of the concrete. I used a pry bar to release from the bucket and ended up splitting the back in order to remove. The nose proved to be a challenge to separate. Use a screwdriver along the edge to remove.

Step 6: Step 6: Detail and Finish

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• Tongue Fuel Shelf.

The Rocket chimney must have a fuel shelf mounted in the lower opening to work properly.  Measure and cut a long tongue shape out of metal. Bend to fit. Be careful not to close the bottom of the chamber off as it needs to stay open to allow airflow to the fuel.

Step 7: Step 7: Start small fire test burn

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Let your rocket stove cure in the sun for one to two week before the first test burn to make sure it’s good and dry! Caution: Adding extreme heat to any rock material having moisture in it could explode if not completely dry.

Be careful, Be Safe, Have Fun! Get Your Tiki On!
mikeandre1 year ago
This is really neat. I will try to scale this up a bit so I can use 6 inch stove pipe. I'll let you know how it goes.
TRexGraphx (author)  mikeandre1 year ago
I like that idea. I'm finding the three inch pipe works but think it could be better with more room. Just keep your mass around it thick to keep heat in. T
SeanS191 month ago

I'm a mason and have made manufactured stone. This is pretty awesome, I like the porous look but I wonder if you wanted it smooth and put some vibration to it would everything stay intact?

How large a bucket is this? I'm thinking about a 4 gallon? I have some kitty litter buckets from a friend that I would be ok to sacrifice to the Tiki god. (sorry, couldn't resist.) They could then go in the recycle bin.

I'm guessing a cast iron pan on top would work well. I have a lid for mine so could do some thin crust/flatbread pizza, quesadillas, etc.

Crushed glass instead of the rock would look cool on top. You can buy 'beach' glass at the craft store so it doesn't have sharp edges.

I also have a 'collection' of rocks from digging up the lawn to make a garden. That would be a fun way to use the prettier ones.

You should offer The Volcano Goddess Pele, Mystic Pork. Just lay it down on your Highway escape route before it's covered in flowing Lava.
lol if there was a way to upvote your comment....i'd do it in a heartbeat.

I have made wood fire hot enough to melt glass, and thin aluminum, soooo unless it is glass meant for this I would think not, BUT you could use it in other places while making this.

Also an issue is rock in general. At the very least.. heat the rocks you are going to use a ew times in hot fires. If the rock is porous and has water in it (river rock can be nasty, fatal even) if can do the steam expansion and shatter. I had a sliver go through a pants leg when I was a kid. And no water was spilled on the rock.

spark master7 months ago

This is a nice project I will make on in the spring. I made mine with a metal 5 gallon food oil metal can. That thing can throw a 2 foot plume of flaming fun.

Hi. Really enjoyed reading about your project! I made a tiki burner myself

http://www.instructables.com/id/Outdoor-fire-place-or-Chimenea-from-ferrocement/ some years ago. Got into rocketstoves after that, pizza ovens and now Rumford fireplaces. Check them out, maybe you can come up with a funky design for these awesome and superior fireplaces. Cheers, Thijs

poofrabbit1 year ago
Just wanted to say congratulations on being a finalists in the Concrete & Casting Contest! This was a fantastic instructable love the materials you used and felt I could make this myself! Good luck! :)
racoontnn1 year ago
Very funny character, is put on a flower bed at the cottage
LOVE this! Did you remove the top end cap? I would think the heat would melt the plastic if left in.
TRexGraphx (author)  write2kerry1 year ago
Yes, the end caps come out.
sg.1 year ago
Rubbing the inside of the bucket with petroleum jelly (something I learned in sculpture classes) might have made it possible to remove the concrete without destroying the bucket. This doesn't always work, and sometimes breaking the suction destroys the mold anyway, but it's always worth a try.
TRexGraphx (author)  sg.1 year ago
Thanks for the tip. Sounds messy. I think the end caps made it so hard to remove.
derte841 year ago
I love the design of it!
Spokehedz1 year ago
Have you done any tests to see how hot it gets up to? This would be great fun to use to cook small bits of meat or fish on--sort of like a fondue only with fire!
Really love it!

And it seems so easy with your instructions.

Thanks for sharing it! =)
myrrhmaid1 year ago
Thanks for the inspiration! Definitely on the want to do list!
poofrabbit1 year ago
Great idea!
Tiki tiki
Ps I even have a comic series for tikis I'm tiki man the god of all tikis
Orngrimm1 year ago
The smoking head is the best! :))
darman121 year ago
That is so neat! I love how you can use it as a stove. I enjoyed the sketches.
TRexGraphx (author)  darman121 year ago
This was my 1st instructable, glad you liked it. Peace.
Nice, and it was featured!
zap19981 year ago
Very cool concept and execution.
TRexGraphx (author)  zap19981 year ago
Thanx