|Rocket Stove II made with an enameled tin bucket and some cans (see the scorch marks where the tape caught on fire)|
|Rocket Stove I is the tiled cylinder in the centre background, Rocket Stove II is the smaller and lower bucket to the right.|
|Looking down into the tin can rocket stove|
The new rocket stove is not my favourite. For one thing it smelled yucky, not just woodsmoke but a metallic smell with a hint of burning plastic (probably from the pretty blue paint). Worse, at one point the aluminium tape holding it together caught on fire and flames licked up the outside of the bucket in a worrisome way until I beat it out with a stick. Its only superior feature is the feeder tube which is bigger and longer than on the original but I'm afraid that isn't going to be sufficient incentive to get me cooking on it again.
I think both Chris and I learned a lot from cooking together on the two stoves at once. My practical experience has been informed by theory and I will be tweaking my approach and hacking a brick stick propper-upper for the ceramic rocket stove. Chris got to see the demands of complicated cooking first hand and proved at dab hand at controlling their temperatures at my request. He also witnessed the value of the taller chimney for more efficient heating and I'm sure will be more circumspect with aluminium tape in the future.
|Delicious dinner of home and local grown produce cooked outdoors on free fuel|
Chris and I are going to be demonstrating rocket stove making and using at On the Road to Resilience on 24 February at the Sustainable Backyard at the Hamilton Gardens' Summer Festival. This going to be a fantastic day touching on bee keeping, wind turbines, composting toilets, time banking, earth oven and solar cooking, and demonstrations of pruning and scything. Something for everyone! Come along if you can.