Whether homemade or commercially designed and manufactured, a camping or
outdoor rocket stove burns a small number of small pieces of wood to create and
channel a lot of heat … fast. They can be excellent cooking stoves for doing things like
boiling water or frying in a skillet if you build it in a way to control the amount of air
pulled into the fire and up through the chimney. The more air, the hotter the fire burns.
The less air, the cooler it burns.
If you want a rocket stove for a campsite you use regularly or even for your backyard
cooking area, here’s a way to build one quickly and inexpensively with cement blocks,
patio pavers, and bricks. Though you can quickly assemble and disassemble this version
of the rocket stove, you won’t want to tote it around in your pack! The commercial
designs are better for that.