|Rocket stove blasts off|
|Feeding sticks into the rocket stove.|
|The first stages of setting up a summer kitchen on the back porch (the sun oven is hanging on the back wall waiting for the sun to shine again)|
This is Chris's first rocket stove, and now he's seen it in action he's planning to refine the design of the next one. But I'm finding its a pleasure to cook on as well as look at. The stove had its first run cooking steak at my housewarming party in the weekend. Since then I've been cooking simple meals every day using just a couple of handfuls of twigs. I'm out of practice with lighting fires and while I am getting my skills back up that's the most difficult part of the operation (and its not that hard!). Once the fire is going you just have to keep feeding twigs and sticks in through the fuel magazine, so its not the kind of cooking you walk away from for long (but really, most cooking requires regular attention anyway).
|Cheese toasty with spinach picked while I was cooking on the rocket stove|
The fuel is the kind of twiggy wood that is not good for much else. I might have used it for kindling the woodburner, or more likely left it to slowly compost. It's free fuel that I can collect in my garden or just walking around the neighbourhood.
The pieces of wood or other material burn at their tips, increasing combustion efficiency, creating a very hot fire, and eliminating smoke. The low-mass stove body and insulated chimney ensure that the heat goes into the cooking pot, not into the stove. (Solar cookers world network)
|Rocket stove fuel (in the background you can see the potatoes I'm growing in sacks)|
|The rocket stove heating leftover ginger-garlic rice with freshly picked snow peas (this was before I moved it onto the porch so I can use it in the rain)|