A DIY rocket stove has many applications for both indoor and outdoor usage. A DIY rocket stove can be fashioned into a homemade wood burning stove or an outdoor cooking surface for use in your backyard or on the camping trail. People who like to live off the grid create or purchase a rocket stove mass heater to keep their living spaces warm during the winter as they are more efficient at heating than a traditional wood burning stove. This type of DIY wood stove has the ability to produce up to 90 percent more heat than a traditional wood burning stove, plus a rocket mass heater has the capability of using a variety of combustible materials to produce heat. A homemade rocket stove can burn not only wood, but also cloth, cardboard, manure, paper, moss and biomass briquette.
The two-part rocket stove design provides more fuel efficiency plus less smoke and ash and is a perfect choice to cook food or heat small spaces. (see also wood fired pizza oven and diy smokehouse) The small size of the homemade rocket stove also makes it a easy to carry along on back-packing and hiking adventures for double duty use of cooking and heating. Since a DIY rocket stove burns cleaner and emits far less smoke than a camp fire, it can easily be used inside a tent and the small amount of fuel needed for cooking and heating eliminates the need for chopping mass quantities of wood.
This type of homemade wood burning stove fits well in a backyard landscape for use as an outdoor space heater to keep the chill chased away on those fall and winter evenings when you want to spend time outdoors. You may want to consider making more than one DIY rocket stoves, one for heating and one for cooking, when you see these easy to build 12 rocket stove plans for cooking and heating small spaces.
1: Heat in a Can
Three recycled tin cans can be used to create a DIY rocket stove that can cook food and provide heat. The cans, plus tin snips, gloves, marker, insulation and an hour of time will create this simple and functional homemade wood burning stove.
2: Metal Bucket Design
These plans for a metal bucket rocket stove will create a larger cooking surface than a tin can, but will be just as fuel efficient. A five gallon metal bucket, couple piece of metal pipe, clay dirt and a grill rack creates a portable stove that can cook more than one food at a time and heat a small space with just a few small twigs.
3: Trash Can Rocket Stove
The next size up for a DIY rocket stove is with the use a metal trash can. Great for use inside a cabin or outdoors for a unique cooking and heating source, these plans for a trash can rocket stove can be glammed up and made to look like outdoor yard art.
4: Homemade Chimnea Rocket Stove
Great for cooking and good looking, these stove plans incorporate plastic soda bottle and adobe to give the wood burning stove a chimnealook.
5: Three Inch Rocket Stove
Cook dinner on a 3 inch rocket stove when you use these building plans. A 3 inch section of tubular steel and four legs will create an outdoor cooking surface that will rival any store bought, single burning camp stove.
6: Patio Rocket Stove
If you would like a permanent rocket stove on your patio for cooking and warmth, try these easy-to-follow plans for building a stacked brick rocket stove.
7: Brick Rocket Stove
Another rocket stove design that uses brick to create an attractive, permanent outdoor cooking space.
8: Mini Rocket Stove
Small and portable, this efficient mini rocket stove is built from upcycled tin cans and can cook a meal using a few leaves and twigs.
9: Rocket Mass Heater Project
10: Rocket Stove Mass Heater
If you have a large indoor space to heat and want to do so off-grid, check out these plans for building a DIY rocket stove mass heater.
11: 4 Hour Spark Rocket Stove Project
Load it once, get heat for the next 4 hours without re-loading. Unique shape makes this long-burning DIY rocket stove as good looking as it is functional.
12: 6-Block Rocket Stove
You can learn how to build this 2-burner rocket stove from 6-cement blocks by watching a short 2 minute video. Easy, functional, cheap and quick to build, these DIY rocket stove plans are great for use in the backyard or at a permanent camping site.