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 Posted: Wed Aug 17th, 2011 05:38 PM
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Not posted in this area before, but hope this is OK for an idea. 

I ordered one of these Grover rocket stoves and got it Friday.

http://www.stockstorage.com

I opted for the heavy duty one with the aluminum plate.  Used it Sunday and Yesterday.  It actually works like they say.  The aluminum plate works for smaller diameter stuff like a coffee can or percolator.  The trick is to let it pre-heat for 10-15 minutes after you get the fire going before cooking on it.  

Now when we lose power in an ice/snow storm or (God forbid) another hurricane Hugo we can have a good hot meal without burning good firewood to cook.  Maybe it's just me but a hot meal in a bad situation just makes me feel better.

It was bought to supplement our grill and uses scraps and kindling (something I have plenty of laying around the farm)  I even cooked bacon on it with pinecones and tree trimmings for fuel.  Didn't change the taste at all and did it just about as fast as the kitchen stove.  I did have to put the pinecones in through the top and only used them to get the fire going good.  It holds a large cast iron skillet and doesn't get top heavy at all.  Just for kicks I brewed a pot of coffee on it too and it took about 30-45 minutes (an 18 cup pot).  The stove kept the pot hot after the fire died.  Don't know how long it would keep hot...we had it all drank in about an hour.  The stove cooled off and was easily handleable quickly, to me.

It might be an idea for when one may be without propane or other storebought fuels.  Too heavy to pack around with you, but truck camping or for emergencies it should work great.

 



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 Posted: Thu Aug 18th, 2011 06:51 AM
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pretty neat gadget........easy to build one vs paying $135 for one



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 Posted: Thu Aug 18th, 2011 08:08 PM
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True. I don't weld too pretty, though. Around here the steel, insultion, etc. would cost me about $60 (for a lot more steel). I'd say the shipping (free,they said) was $15 or so and included in the price. If you have 11 gauge cold rolled stock or plain steel around somewhere it'd be a fun Saturday project. Rebar for the handles would work fine too.



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 Posted: Fri Aug 19th, 2011 10:50 AM
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Hillbilly this is pretty cool project .

I have built these with brick before as a temp set up ,but a steel one for camping and hunting would be cool

I have already found Build it plans on the net,have scrap metal and a small wire feed welder .:thumbs:



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woodsman, Can you cut and paste the plans link for us? My welder is sitting in the garage waiting for a project. Thanks, RD



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Here you go RD take your pick  :sofa:

 

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/rocket-stove.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/blog/rocket-stove.htm&usg=__LooKztsmRerDjaB643WkqTmQIGg=&h=313&w=469&sz=36&hl=en&start=15&zoom=1&tbnid=aTxK4SHX4c_ixM:&tbnh=85&tbnw=128&ei=dFpOTpWoKLHSiAKe5oiFAQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3Drocket%2Bstove%2Bdesign%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1

http://www.rocketstove.org/

http://www.rocketstove.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=91

http://www.aprovecho.org/web-content/media/rocket/rocket.htm

http://www.ehow.com/how_4507160_build-rocket-stove.html

http://bioenergylists.org/stovesdoc/Still/AprovechoPlans/Rocket%20Stove%20Design%20Guide.pdf

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.permies.com/permaculture-images/2445_605/rocket%2520stove%2520intake.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/2445_0/alternative-energy/flat-pack-rocket-stove-design-for-mailing-to-afghanistan&usg=__6CB0d2bPdL-nIVdRXsm-2vzox9k=&h=2304&w=1728&sz=1388&hl=en&start=1&zoom=1&tbnid=Kbu7y9DzmjnZuM:&tbnh=150&tbnw=113&ei=dFpOTpWoKLHSiAKe5oiFAQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3Drocket%2Bstove%2Bdesign%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1

 



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Hello Mr. RockyDog---
Could you do a running commentary/pictorial of your assembly?  I can get a welder (used to do pretty good at it)  but bending and forming that steel requires lots of hardware, right?????   




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12semi wrote: Hello Mr. RockyDog---
Could you do a running commentary/pictorial of your assembly?  I can get a welder (used to do pretty good at it)  but bending and forming that steel requires lots of hardware, right?????   





Two phrases come to mind

"Adapt Improvise and Overcome"    and "Beat to Fit and Paint to Match"

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Yes, you have a point, I must be getting old.  I do have a big hammer, twin boys, I'll borry next door neighbor's welder, Let me go get those instructions....


In the ancient days of Bien Hoa, we stuck two 5 gallon buckets together and laid a bed spring over the top.  Helluva fire and must admit took nearly two cases of liquid refreshment to burn off whatever was in the buckets, but, finally, we had barbecue. 





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Hillbilly, How about sticking one together and bringing it to the gathering in Oct. If I get rambunctous I might do one also. Welded up a "Papa Bear" clone that heated our two story for 18 yrs-still sitting on the back porch but it weighs about 450 lbs--lol.



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Would love to get to the gathering, but couldn't come but Saturday if I get to go. Depends on the harvest time. Will have to see closer to time. Thanks for the invite.



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Here is one for you Cement Block rocket stove.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/how-to-build-a-rocket-stove-zb0z1311zmar.aspx#axzz2zvIOSIfJ



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7mm, Neat concept. Any worries about steam explosions from using rain soaked blocks? We can sometimes have that problem with local limestone surrounds on a campfire.

Bet you could cast bullets over one of those. RD



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I have not made one but plan to now that the weather has warmed. I will let you know if I have any problems.
I figure it would be a fair weather use unless you had a shelter of some type.

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Rockydog wrote: Bet you could cast bullets over one of those. RD
:confused: Just had to give me a good enough reason to add to my project list. Hmmm. :groaner: :rolleyes:



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