Space Shuttle Rocket Stove :)





Introduction: Space Shuttle Rocket Stove :)

About: I like to produce something and share, thanks a lot to instructables...

This is my heavy rocket stove, its name is space shuttle because of the color :)

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This 10x10 cm metal profile, I cuted it with 45 degree angle

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this is not a rocket stove. this is a convential wood burner, a miniature version of a convential fireplace. what is missing are 2 tubes, one inside the other which channels the heat of the fire within the 2 pipes causing a vortex of energy movement akin to a tornado which produces much higher heat using far less fuel. this is a rocket stove -


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hello instructablers!

i am about to start building a rocket stove. I am loking for information on how long does it take for the wood to get burned, but i cannot find anything. I know that it depends on the kind of wood i will use, on the dimentions of the opening that the air is sucked from,on how big is the stove., etc

I need to know aproximately how often your oven need to be refilled with an average hard wood. I would like to heat a space with that system but i would like to do other things at the same time and not have in mind of the stove to be refilled too often.. Does anyone have an idea aproximately about those times?

Nice project and nice step by step instructable with pictures that tell everything. thanks for sharing.

I see your Shuttle and raise you the Obelisk!!! :-D

I need to insulate the riser tube, it's only been run in the cold, but I have some fiberglass matting that should do the job.

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I think you should do its little friend Asterix :))
Nice job extraordinary desing.

Hello, this is a nice looking device. I haven't seen one yet that is square - it looks much easier to make than a round one.
Do you think it matters if you insulate it at all? What if you don't even have the outer steel body, just the smoke tube? How much heat do you think it would lose with no insulation and no outer body?
Those are good looking welds. They must have taken a long time.
Also, what are the little flanges on the sides for? Are they to mount it somewhere?

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Thank you
Yes much easier than round one and practical, there isnt any insulation matter. İf you dont use outer steel body it cools very fast, in this way like a oven, cooling takes very long time. İt took my one day, its a delicate workmanship, if you want to by bending the outer steel body you can make without much weld. Flanges are for handling.

Great project! Very well documented. Instead of dirt it has been recommended the use of perlite or vermiculite to insulate the combustion chamber of a rocket stove. Also you need to drill some holes on top of your stove to allow trapped air to escape when you are burning in your stove.

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Any "air" trapped between the walls won't be a problem. The air won't expand enough to make a difference. Any trapped moisture (water), however could very much be a problem. The author should drill a small hole just to be safe.

The slats of metal atop the stove will hold any cooking surface away from the top, allowing hot air to escape. Rocket stoves that have as little as a one-inch gap around a pot work fine. (Imagine a taller stove, made from adobe or the like, with a giant pot-shaped hole in the top for a chimney. You can lower a pot down into the chimney and get lots of heat transference between the exhaust and the pot for more efficient cooking. Combined with a hay-box cooker, you can prepare meals with very little food or air pollution.)

I could be wrong about your reply but the hot air that blkhawk was talking about is the air trapped between the walls of the burn chamber where the dirt is, There could be enough air between the grains and bits of dirt that when it gets hot could burst open the stove. If the dirt is packed hard enough it may not matter but for the sake of safety you want that stove to "breath".
After you have learned to use your stove every day the way I do, you will be amazed at how little soot is left on your pots and kettles that you use on your stove.
Well done.

Thank you! That is precisely what I tried to say. I am concerned of hot expanding air bursting the whole thing open. There is a good chance of an accident happening since the dirt will also expand with heat. One or two relief holes should do the job.

Thank you for your comment, I have wanted to use perlite but I didnt find in my neigbourhood, in any case dirt as good as perlite so very late warming and cooling :)

I like the design. But I didn't see the ash tray being built and purpose of its use.

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Thank you, you can see the ashtray on step two, purpose of it collect the ash in bottom side, and seperating wood also providing air circulation.