OK…so 100% of the people who commented on the ‘Quick Rocket Stove’ post from yesterday wanted to see how the rocket stove worked..never actually having seen one in person I was sort of curious too. I put some paper down the top and lit it and tossed in 2 pieces of 2 inch long pieces of twigs. We had 4 other pieces of kindling from this weekends firewood chopping chores as the fuel.
We have a thin piece of aluminum cut back to act as a platform for the wood to sit on inside the stove intake pipe. Below the platform is where most of the air enters in to provide oxygen for the stove..as it heats up it draws air in faster and you get a hotter fire.
as the pieces burn down push the ends of the pieces of wood which are sticking out the intake pipe..it is a little hard to see but the platform is there..I am going to suspend it a little higher..this height was a little too low.
..and as the wood burns lower and lower you keep pushing it in further and further..
..and in the future there will be a couple of bricks for a pot to sit on..we don’t want to set any pots on the pipe…and for the record heat resistant caulk does not mean fire resistant..the caulk on the top lit on fire 5 minutes in..no biggie. The wood from the first pic kept the fire going for about 20-30 minutes..once I finalize everything I will post up some speed benchmarks too..pretty handy in case of emergencies where you need to cook something..would actually be perfect for camping but it is not the most portable unit..