Here we experiment with the most basic rocket stove, the four brick stove.
Let’s start this out by saying that I did not have a budget for experimenting with rocket stoves. That doesn’t mean I had an unlimited budget, it means I had no budget. Most of what I do is done with bricks and cinder blocks (concrete blocks) I had around the house.
The most basic design can be built using 4 concrete blocks. It is a basic design that requires either an “H” block or, as I did, knock one end off of one of the blocks.
I have been experimenting with Rocket Stoves in an effort to build a rocket stove BBQ grill. Well actually, I want to use it for a bunch of different types of outdoor cooking. This post will be the first in a series of posts that walk you through my experimenting with the rocket stove.
A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing a vertical chimney, which ensures almost complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface. Wikipedia
My ultimate goal is to build a permanent installation with a rocket stove as the heat source, but with a number of different options for cooking. These options could include a BBQ grill, indirect heat grill, rotisserie, burner, and maybe even a pizza or bread oven. To do this, I am going to have to start small and build my personal knowledge. I have done a lot of research along the way, and looked at a lot of other people’s designs. If you are interested, the Design Principles at rocketstove.org is a good place to begin. I begin with a 4 brick stove that I will discuss in this article, and end up with a relatively flexible system that allows me to adjust bricks to customize the way I use the heat. Along the way, I will have a handful of articles where I will share what I have done and learned. I hope you enjoy.