Rocket Stove




Introduction: Rocket Stove

About: I like to get creative and use materials for their not intended purpose ! Working as a refinishing technician / painter dealing with high end cars ! Lots of fun spend 90% of my time outside and or tinkering ...

In this Instructable the making of a rocket stove for cooking is being made. 
The construction of this stove comprises of the following:
- 1 Tin/Galvanized garbage can and or waste bin
- 4 inch 90 degree elbow metal piping
- metal sheers and or dremel with diamond cutting disks
- A coffee can or other such to fit onto elbow
- Dirt, something we can dig up and not pay for ! :) 
- A shovel will be needed for dirt removal 
- 3 90 degree metal easy shelf brackets (L bracket), preferred not painted but will eventually be paint-less after use 
- charcoal and some small wood pieces and or branches 
- eco friendly charcoal lighter fluid 

Great for cooking fish outdoors without smelling up the house alongside Bacon.
Many uses, picnics, tailgating, beach, backyard, camping, outdoor cooking, off grid cooking.
In case of an emergency to put out the rocket stove you can empty the dirt out to distinguish fire. With no worries because it was just dirt.

Step 1: Cutting

Decide on your can/bin where you are going to cut a hole for the metal elbow to fit into from the inside of the can.
You can make a paper template of the diameter of the pipe to make for easier cutting, placement and  more precise.
Trace around your template with a perminant marker.
Use your dremel and diamond cutting disk to make the first cut from the centre to the edge of the circle just traced around.
Or you can use a metal punch and punch in the centre watching not to bend the can out of shape
Going onwards with your metal shears cutting this circle like a pie or pizza.
Bend back the triangles you are left with after cutting around the circle into the can/bin
Do a test fit of the elbow in your opening and adjust until snug fitting. 
Use your coffee can on the end of the elbow. The coffee can should be 1" from the top of the can

Step 2: Final Filling and Startup

once you have centered your piping to the can/bin you can now go ahead and get the shovel and dig up some dirt from the yard or where ever there is dirt. 
You want to fill the can/bin with dirt up to the coffee can or slightly under. Packing it down to create a snug bond with the metal sealing air cracks 

Grab the 3 l brackets needed and wedge them into the soil on the edge of the can/bin 
Now your ready to grab that cast iron pan and start cooking with the Rocket stove anywhere.

Personaly charcoal and a combination of wood works best for a clean burn, wood can be used alone in the Rocket stove as well. Once hot the Rocket stove can burn 80% smokeless
Start your fire with Organic liquid fire for best results. (Sold at Canadian Tire) charcoal lighter fluid is an alternative sold more places

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4 Discussions


6 years ago on Step 2

I love the use of L brackets, good job thanks


7 years ago on Introduction

pretty sure you shouldnt use galvanized metal for cooking- it releases toxins.


Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Would a large popcorn tin be a safer thing to use?


Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Absolutely Galvanised metal exposed to direct heat such as this gives of fumes and poisonous gasses including derivations of Cyanide not my favourite additive to any foodstuff. There have been reports of a guy welding galvanised tube dying three days later as a result of the toxins