How to make a rocket stove

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How to make a Rocket stove 

This was and is a project that is dear to my heart. It is something I have always wanted to make and the results I have had from it make the effort worth it.

It is more efficient than I could have hoped for and instead of great big logs to boil some water it just takes a few sticks.

I split this project up into 4 parts and another video on how to make sodium silicate which is used as a high temperature glue.

All the videos are below. 

In Part One I talk theory and explain a few things. Outlining the steps I will take and talk about a few tips and tricks I have picked up through my extensive research. I then cut the pipe I will be using as a chimney and cutting the hole in the barrel. Getting ready for part 2.

In Part Two I talk about Sodium silicate and why making it is so cost effective. I talk about pearlite and why we are using it and what else it can be used for. I also talk about the tools I will be using.

I go on to mix Sodium Silicate with the Pearlite and start packing the rocket stove. I finish filling it and then have to let it dry.

In Part Three I sort out a few issues and things that went wrong in part two, nothing major but just a few small things. I say this but this is the episode entitled "Rocket Stove Part 3 | How not to make a stove | The one with the mistakes" and that is for a very good reason.

I start by adding more sodium silicate around the chimney to help hold it all together. I was worried I had left it to dry and it may collapse under its own weight. Even though pearlite is really light.

Through making my mixture too dry I found out you can add it later if the need arises, I love to learn from my mistakes. 

The next part of this video I make my own version of fire cement and at the time I didn't know how well it would stand all the heat but it works really well and 9 months on and its still like brand new (a bit more soot on it but other than that no issues).

I go on to take out the pipes and more issues arise! I fix the problems and then have to leave it to dry.

In Part Four I line the inside of the chimney with a fire retardant adhesive. This was mainly to make it look more pretty. 

I then finally get the chance to fire it up for the first time!!! Happy days.

I have used this over 50 times for various reasons and I have never been let down, even with damp wood it seems to work amazingly well. 

Here is how to make Sodium silicate:


If you decide to make your own then please contact me on my YouTube channel (Below) and tell me how you got on.

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