How to Build a Winiarski Rocket Stove

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A Winiarski rocket stove is an efficient wood-burning cooking stove that uses insulation to keep a fire burning hot, above 1,100 degrees F. Dr. Larry Winiarski invented the rocket stove while researching wood-burning stoves for the Aprovecho Research Center. The Winiarski rocket stove's simple design and use of common materials make it easily modified for optimal performance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Two small cans
  • Coffee can
  • Wood ash, pumice or dead coral
  • Metal mesh
  • Wood or paper fuel
  • Cooking pot

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  1. 1

    Create an elbow joint by joining two cans. Be sure to leave both ends of the elbow open.

  2. 2

    Cut a hole in the bottom on the side of a housing container such as a coffee can.

  3. 3

    Insert the elbow joint into the opening of the housing container so it runs horizontal into the container and turns up.

  4. 4

    Fill the housing container of the rocket stove with insulation such as wood ash, pumice or dead coral.

  5. 5

    Make a shelf to hold your fuel in the elbow joint out of a flattened can or a piece of scrap metal.

  6. 6

    Form a mesh covering over the top of the housing to hold your cooking pot.

  7. 7

    Start your stove by lighting your wood or paper fuel and pushing it into the elbow joint.

Tips and warnings

  • Creating a door to the combustion chamber in the elbow joint can help regulate the air flow to the fire and thus the cooking temperature of the Winiarski rocket stove.

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