The Duke of Permaculture, Paul Wheaton is well-versed in efficient, clean, wood-fueled fire. I’ve told you about his Rocket Mass Heater stuff, but that’s just one application of rocket stoves. Another is the Rocket Oven, and Paul has a movie with everything you need to know to build your own, including materials, tools, and safe practices. As someone who loves good food and appreciates resilient home technology, I’m particularly interested in this one. As you’ve heard me say, 2 is one, and 1 is none, so build yourself a back-up oven.
So what is it? A Rocket Oven does everything your regular oven will do and more, without the need for natural gas or electricity. If you’re trying to find ways to reduce your reliance on the grid, build yourself a rocket oven. It is perfect for off-grid, covert, survival scenarios, as well as everyday use. They use so little fuel, you can fire it with yard waste or even cardboard in a pinch.
Ten bucks gets you two and a half hours of top-notch instruction from Tim Barker and Tyler Morrison, masters in the appropriate technology field, who show you their previous rocket ovens and why this design is the best. They present a detailed, simplified, step-by-step system for building your own rocket oven. Material costs are kept low, no welding is involved, and no prior experience is required.
Cob ovens are popular in the permaculture community, and backyard pizza ovens are common across the country. But they are heavy, they can be difficult to build, they take hours to heat up, and they waste a lot of wood. That’s why people quit using them after a season or two, or only use them a couple times a year. Rocket ovens, on the other hand, are moveable, much lighter than cob or stone ovens, and they are way simpler and less expensive to build. Paul’s Rocket Ovens movie gives you all you need to know to build your own!