How to Make a 16 Brick Rocket Stove

Dr. Larry Winiarski
Thursday, 8th September 2011

Rocket stoves burn very hot, are energy efficient using little biomass and are almost smokeless – significant advantages for conserving wood, cooking efficiently and preventing respiratory diseases, a major problem in the two thirds world. Dr. Larry Winiarski shows you makes a clean burning rocket stove using just 16 adobe bricks. Adobe bricks are lighter as they contain organic matter (chopped straw, rice hulls) and provide much better insulation than regular bricks. With better insulation you'll get a hotter chamber, a cleaner burn and less (or no) smoke. You can make your own or alternatively use conventional fired bricks and coat them in a clay  plaster for even more insulation*. You can build this outdoor cooking stove totally for free.

Filmed at the Rotary International-sponsored Integrated Cooking Workshop in Tlautla, Mexico.

* For more information on making clay plasters for please please see Bulding a Traditional Wood Fired Oven.

Stevieannie |
Fri, 23/09/2011 - 09:58

I *love* this! I'm going to go and make one in my garden this weekend from the leftover bricks that we've had hanging around for ages and use all the tree prunings to cook with.

This feels much more acheivable than working with metal for me. Many thanks for the posting :-)