This Labor Day weekend the Chicagoland Permaculture Meetup traveled to Woodstock, IL to build a rocket stove. Here’s a time lapse video I made of what went on the first day.
In case you it went by too fast for you in the video or you, I’ve pulled out some of the pictures from the video and posted them below.
|Here’s a picture of the inner structure of the stove. That silver tube has a piece of black stovepipe inside it. In between the black and silver pipes it’s packed with a mixture of perlite and clay slip, which acts as an insulator and focuses the heat to help the stove burn cleaner. That insulated tube is the heart of the rocket stove; it creates the draw and is what makes it “rocket”. The fire is built in the gap in the bricks below.|
|After we had built and tested the inner workings of the stove we built up a platform for the barrel to sit on. We sealed the cracks with a mixture of clay and sand.|
|The exhaust from the silver tube hits the top of the barrel, cools down and flows out the back of the stove. You can see the exhaust pipe just in front of the left shoulder of the gentleman seated in front of the fire.|
|Here is the stove the second day. The exhaust makes a sharp bend to the right down the length of the box, and then curves back around to exit near where it enters.|
|The exhaust was then covered with pea gravel and stones. The mass in the box will act like a thermal battery, storing the heat from the fire. We also covered the barrel with cob, a mixture of straw, sand and clay, which insulates the barrel and helps transfer more of the heat to the mass.|