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
Create an elbow joint by joining two cans. Be sure to leave both ends of the elbow open.
Cut a hole in the bottom on the side of a housing container such as a coffee can.
Insert the elbow joint into the opening of the housing container so it runs horizontal into the container and turns up.
Fill the housing container of the rocket stove with insulation such as wood ash, pumice or dead coral.
Make a shelf to hold your fuel in the elbow joint out of a flattened can or a piece of scrap metal.
Form a mesh covering over the top of the housing to hold your cooking pot.
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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