This stove is a rocket stove, made with a #10 can and some smaller food cans. You can read instructions on making your own here, if you're a cheapskate like me and don't want to pay for one of the really nice ones from SilverFire or Ecozoom; and/or you like to make things yourself. I've experimented with woodgas stoves too, which I love the idea of, but I've found this rocket stove the easiest to use for cooking. (BTW, those instructions show a dremel and fiberglass insulation; I used tin snips and perlite.)
After having cooked several pots of rice over this, I scored a big stainless steel wok at the local DI, and since a traditional wok stove is very much like a rocket stove, I thought that using the wok for stir-frying would be a perfect way to use mine. Yesterday I did my second stir-fry using this, and it turned out beautifully. The setting was Nunn's Park, close to the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon, a favorite picnic and walking spot. It was crowded, but we were lucky enough to find a table with a grill, where I set up.
|The stove is so efficient that I cooked the dish with only these three sticks - and didn't even burn them all up!|
- next, tomatoes with salt and Turkish Seasoning from Penzeys:
- and after that had simmered a bit, scallions and cilantro:
When it was all done, I doused the stove quickly (park regulations forbid open fires during this dry summer) and we enjoyed a nice compliment to our other picnic fare.
If you want to see more food you can cook on a rocket stove, watch the youtube channel Solid Fuel Cooking, from the Netherlands.