Rough Guide on How to Build a Rocket Box Stove

Rocket Box Stove

The Rocket Box Stove manual’s still not ready for prime time, but we do have a basic pictorial how-to for how to build it.

Guidelines for Assembly

Background technical information can be found in the document:
Design Principles for Wood Burning Cook Stoves A provecho Research Center, Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, Shell Foundation, June 2005 [pdf]

A pre-measured template is used to cut the pieces to form the outer bracket
A pre-measured template is used to cut the pieces to form the outer bracket

Beau Baldock

The bracket will support a standard 2-ring plancha
The bracket will support a standard 2-ring plancha

The bracket pieces are fit and welded together
Don Prudencio Lopez fit and welded together the bracket pieces.

Don Prudencio Lopez fit and welded together the bracket pieces

The sheet metal sides and bottom are riveted to the bracket

Maria Natalia Poz riveting the sheet metal sides and bottom to the bracket

Cutouts are made in the front and rear for the combustion chamber and chimney

Cutouts are made in the front and rear for the combustion chamber and chimney

Baldosa tile is cut and assembled to form the rocket combustion chamber
Baldosa tile is cut and assembled to form the rocket combustion chamber

Combustion chamber: side view
Combustion chamber: side view

Combustion chamber: rear view

Combustion chamber: rear view

Combustion chamber: front view (without the front panel)
Combustion chamber: front view (without the front panel)

Pumice stones are separated by size
Pumice stones are separated by size

The stove body is filled with pumice, with larger pieces at the bottom and smaller pieces at the top
The stove body is filled with pumice, with larger pieces at the bottom and smaller pieces at the top

A small smoke chamber is created in front of the chimney using Baldosa
A small smoke chamber is created in front of the chimney using Baldosa

The plancha is set on top. Clay can be used to fill the gaps around the side of the plancha to keep smoke from escaping and to provide insulation to prevent heat being conducted from the plancha surface to the stove body.

Testing the finished stove:
Beau Baldock testing the finished stove

Specs

Tech Tuesday: AIDG’s Rocket Box Stove

Get the Guide Assembly as a pdf.

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