Our church is doing a group buy and will be showing them to members so they can see what they look like. Since I had never opened my box, I decided to open ours and give it a try by making dinner.
I thought that blogging about it might be helpful for them, and for other friends that are thinking about getting a StoveTec Rocket Stove for emergencies.
It was surprisingly easy to use! Here's what I did for dinner.
|Here is the stove set up on our metal patio table. If you look closely you can see one sheet of newspaper crumpled up inside.|
|View from the top, down. One sheet of newspaper and a few twigs on top.|
|Vet2Be gets to light the fire, of course! Every Boy Scout I know loves lighting a fire!|
|Five minutes after putting the paper and twigs into the stove, the larger sticks are burning. (We checked the times on the photo to see how long everything took).|
|I put the lid on to keep more of the heat in the pot. I used a cast iron dutch oven without legs. I knew that there would be carbon from the fire on the outside of the pot and I didn't want to try to get that off my nicer pots later.|
|I moved the fuel holder (the wire rack) away from the stove and slid the extra brick in place. I closed the bottom door completely and left the dinner on top. Dinner stayed hot for an hour. The stove was still warm 3 hours later.|
If there is an emergency that includes a lack of fuel, this is a great little stove to have.
We will probably store ours in the camper. It there is an emergency, our plan is to hook up the camper and get out fast. The camper is a good shelter and has enough in it to help us make it through a disaster for a few weeks, even in the winter.