The 16 Brick Rocket Stove - Quick (30 Second) Build - Easy DIY - Simple Instructions

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in this instructable i'll show you how to quickly and easily make the 16 brick rocket stove.

Step 1: Watch Video... 55 Second Video ~ W/30 Sec. Build!

This is a "to the point" video showing how to construct the basic "16 brick" rocket stove. full instructions with "burn footage" in under a minute!

Step 2: Read Description...

rocket stoves use minimal amounts of fuel (small sticks, twigs, leaves etc.) to cook full meals. the heat is funneled directly up under the pan resulting in maximum efficiency. additionally, they are wind and "light rain" resistant. made using only bricks. cost $8.00 (50 cents a brick). note that two "half-bricks" are used in the right hand corner of stove.

Step 3: Here's the Order (in Detail)...

start by making the base

Step 4: And Here's the Stacking Order...

Step 5: Stacking Order Continued...

finish laying the last 4 bricks and add a burner grate. *or anything that will safely hold the pan above the stove...even 3 or 4 rocks (of roughly the same size) can work.

Step 6: Add Fuel and Fire It Up...

add twigs, leaves and small sticks and light it up. add fuel as needed. cooks fantastic and can be disassembled with ease.

Step 7: Have Fun Making and Using It!

Step 8: And If You're REALLY Into These Stoves...

i've included a second video showing an earlier stove i made years ago. the video shows 3 different sized rocket stoves. a 16 bricker 20 bricker and 24 bricker (all with cooking footage).

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    MattY40

    1 year ago

    Have you had any brick explosions? Seems like that would be an issue.

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    desertsun02MattY40

    Reply 1 year ago

    hi there. no that doesn't happen. that is an internet myth. only thing that may happen is a hair line crack in a brick or bricks with years of use, but no biggie. the bricks are only about 50 cents each

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    MattY40desertsun02

    Reply 1 year ago

    I have personally had concrete block and brick explode on me when I built a fire in or next to them, so its not a myth. The likelihood muat be lower in this case because of the amount of fire inside the stove and the way air moves though. Having not built something that particular way I couldn't speak to it, but its nice that it hasn't happened to you. Thanks for the info.

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    desertsun02MattY40

    Reply 1 year ago

    okay, well let me say it this way... it's a myth that this little stove will ever explode. there's a lot of misinformation out there about these brick stoves. these "original style" rocket stoves have been around since 1984. invented by dr. larry winiarski and now used by the millions in developing countries around the world. i just want to make sure everyone seeing or reading this knows there is zero danger of explosion lol.

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    Gizmokat55

    1 year ago

    Really awesome! Just what I was looking for! Thanks! Karen C

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    JamesA41

    1 year ago

    In my experience if you want a longer burn... use harder wood and larger pieces. You can use charcoal also. Still, these are meant to be energy efficient so I am thinking they will be still more efficient with longer burn times though you will have to feed based on input size burn rate and potential modification (maybe auger, ramp or other design especially with a sloped input versus 90 degree angle). I have a really generic version that worked great with a Goodwill Store gas burner top that I was going to re-do as I had made with pure clay and need to mix sand and perlite more with I'm thinking since the clay cracked so much before I even fired. I'm thinking I like this idea better versus forming around the cans... even if I do use the same form shape. Awesome and simple!

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    robweeve

    1 year ago

    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 - https://richsoil.com/rocket-stove-mass-heater.jsp

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    Wild-Billrobweeve

    Reply 1 year ago

    What you linked is a rocket stove mass heater. That too is a rocket stove used to heat ones domicile. The original invention of the rocket stove was for cooking as a distinct improvement over the three stone stove. I view the only real problem with the stove in this instructable is that it is not high enough. The higher the stove gives the bigger the draw, which gives a more complete and cleaner burn, like you would get in the article's rocket stove mass heater.

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    stumitch

    1 year ago

    It is a good idea, nice and simple and effective but I have to agree with robweeve... it actually is a conventional stove, not a rocket stove. I built a rocket stove and a handful of fuel would last for 25 minutes and make a VERY intense, blue flame. Having said that, this is a nice, simple and usable stove!

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    andtuckertoo

    1 year ago

    I think it is a wonderful idea.

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    ooohlaa

    1 year ago

    Twig and branch fires in my home fireplace last only about 15 minutes. Aren't you continuously feeding this stove like if you were making stew or soup or spaghetti sauce? It would seem to me very labor intensive except for a quick eggs or burger or somesuch quickie meal??? Would love your thoughts.

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    CbotMe

    1 year ago

    Is this the kind of thing that could be used, for example, to boil sap down to maple syrup? For that I need to hold heat for hours. Would I be feeding the stove non-stop or would this be manageable?