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    How To Make a Rocket Stove

    What the heck is a rocket stove? Well, it’s essentially a hand-made stove of nothing but well-placed bricks*, no other tools or materials necessary, perhaps just some clay to patch up a few holes. You can cook on it when in the outdoors or build one in your garage or cabin for a low-resource, high-efficiency heating source.

    In the following two videos Deanne Bednar, coordinator of the Strawbale Studio in Oxford, Michigan explains in-depth exactly what a rocket stove is and how it works. In the second video, learn how to make one of your own in a location of your choosing.

    What is a Rocket Stove?

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    Now watch this video to see how it’s all done from top to bottom. This is just a tutorial on how to build the combustion chamber which can be used alone to cook on, or as a simple heating device. Once the combustion chamber is built, you can expand on the concept and build it into an entire bench  like in the first video or other rocket-mass-heater.


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    There are many other variations on design available for rocket stoves. You can also build one out of different materials such as tin cans shown in the photograph below.

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    *The design can be altered to build a rocket stove out of a different material such as tin cans or other easily attainable material.

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