Sunday, November 2, 2008
A rocket stove is an extremely efficient alternative cooking device. It's a wood stove built out of a stovepipe chimney enclosed in an insulated box of some sort. We first heard about them on Homegrown Evolution, and we followed a plan from Toolbox for Sustainable City Living. With a rocket stove, you can cook an entire meal with a handful of sticks.
We built this stove a few weeks ago using bits of stovepipe purchased at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. We've since used it for boiling water or oatmeal here and there, but never to cook a full meal. Until tonight. It being a 70 degree November day (weird...), we decided to have a cookout. We set the rocket stove up outside (usually it lives in our fireplace) and used it to grill some chicken and stir-fry some veggies. It's easier to control the temperature of the rocket stove than it would be to control the temperature of a campfire, and it uses far, far less fuel.
So tonight our delicious meal was prepared using scraps of wood and cardboard instead of natural gas.