Richard Bucker

rocket stove fail

Posted at — Sep 22, 2018

Here is a set of action shots as I was experimenting with a rocket stove. My goal is to have 9 rocket stoves surrounding the main bonfire but I’m hoping for a descent flame. I drilled a 1 inch hole about 4-5 inches deep and then a 1 inch hole from the side. I poured some swissgel in the hole and ignited it.I got a 3-4 inch initial flame but it really did not last.I sispect that because I used a 1 inch bit the walls were smooth and just didn’t have the volume to generate a real flame. The gel did not really help either because the gel suspended the heat away from the wood until it would ignite.I even tried a puddle of fuel on some tinder in order to light the side of the log and it too failed. I even tried to dribbed get along the side and that went out too.Eventually I opened the hole a little and things got just a little better. I tried another puddle of gel under the log but that was really slow.I leaned some bark over the gel and it ignited but the log seemed to fail.And then it seemed to ignite.The gel seems to be a total fail. I need to try some other material like mulch.