In any survival or self-reliance situation, you want to make the most of what you have available (actually, that’s the kind of mindset you should have in ANY situation) and a rocket stove does just that. It can reach temperatures over 1,100 degrees F. while essentially burning kindling for fuel – making it ideal for when available firewood is scarce, or when it’s just not practical to build a large fire.
It’s efficient design extracts a much greater amount of energy from the wood producing little or no smoke, since the wood is completely combusted.
The Rocket stove is based on an ingenious combination of principles:
- The combustion chamber is insulated in order to keep the fire hot (above 1,100 F.) to burn the wood more completely, reducing smoke, which is uncombusted fuel.
- The cooking stoves are low-mass, robbing less heat from the pot.
- An insulated chimney creates a very strong draft, which helps the wood to burn fiercely.
- The wood is burned at the tips and is shoved in towards the fire, which controls the rate of burn, reducing smoke.
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