DIY Rocket Stove In A 5 Gal Bucket – GardenFork
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DIY Rocket Stove In A 5 Gal Bucket – GardenFork

– Today everyone, I’m
gonna show you how to make a rocket stove in a five-gallon bucket, and it’s a really cool thing. Ready? Here we go. – [Camerawoman] What is a rocket stove? – It’s a really cool thing, so
of course I have to make one. Rocket stoves are a highly efficient way of burning small amounts of wood. You might of seen them in,
like, urban homesteading magazines or videos called a
‘rocket stove mass heater’, which uses a big barrel
and a big piece of stone or cement and it creates
a lot of heat that heats the whole house. Here, we’re gonna create
a little, kind of, backyard cooker that uses a rocket stove. And I thought this might
be a good idea for people to let their kids play
with fire in a safe way. – [Camerawoman] (laughing) What!? – And they could cook some food. – [Camerawoman] Alright. There’s a couple things you need. You need a piece of three-inch pipe. This is a galvanized flue
pipe used for the flue on a water heater or something like that. – [Camerawoman] Looks sharp. – It is very sharp, careful. You will need a elbow. This is three-inch pipe
and a three-inch elbow. A little stovetop. – [Camerawoman] Where’d you get that? – Off the stove. – [Camerawoman] Ahem. – But if, like, someone’s
throwing out a stove, grab the little thing,
grate, or whatever, alright? And a five-gallon bucket
and a bunch of sand. By the way, a big shout
out to Erik at Root Simple ’cause this is his idea
that I was inspired by and we’re gonna make a
video about it, alright? I’ll link to his post in the notes below. So, there’s gonna be an
inlet, and then an elbow, and then another pipe up
to the top here, okay? So we have to cut a hole
in the side of our bucket. – [Camerawoman] Do you
have a spare bucket? – You know how many buckets I have? – [Camerawoman] Well I do, but they don’t. I am a bucket collector. – [Camerawoman] What else do you collect? – Palettes. – [Camerawoman] What else? – This should be at least
an inch above the bottom of the bucket because we are
dealing with some heat here. So I went about an inch and a half up. Brand new utility blade
in your utility knife. I’m gonna try and cut it
like this and maybe we might have to get out a power tool, okay? – [Camerawoman] Eek, that
gives me the heeby-jeebies. Don’t let your kids do this part. – [Eric] Yeah, this is
going to be difficult, so let’s go to plan B. (whirring) Thank you to my brother who sent me my father’s Sears Craftsman saber saw. Thank you, Kurt. (grinding sounds) – Oops. Get that in a little
cut we made, like that. (grinding sounds) (whirring) A little big, but we’ll live. It’s Garden Fork. “Done is better than perfect”, right? – [Camerawoman] Looks like a birdhouse. – Yeah, could be. So if this is roughly
centered, and I want to go about that far, I would say
three inches would be good. Usually, when you buy this
pipe it comes unassembled. A bit of a trick to putting
this stuff together: wear gloves when you do this, okay? This is the hardest part, really. Okay, I’m gonna start at the corner. – [Camerawoman] ‘Kay. And get that under there like that. (ratcheting sounds) A belt will work or a ratcheting strap. It’s just because this
is a three-inch diameter it’s a little harder to do this. (metal creaking) – [Camerawoman] That helps. – [Eric] Yup. There you go. – [Camerawoman] That snap. – That snap was the trick. – [Camerawoman] (laughing)
It’s not round at all. – It’s tin, it’s flexible like me. (Camerawoman laughing) (metal creaking) This’ll be fun. I’ve been thinking about this
for a while and it’s fall, perfect time for playing with fire. You can cut this with a tin
snip, but a much easier way to do it is with a right angle
grinder, and it makes sparks, and I like that. (high-pitched whirring) So this will go in and sit
right there, like that. So we have the bottom
of our system in place and I’m going to measure just
inside the elbow to the top of the bucket, and that is
seven and a half inches. And then I’m going to
measure seven and a half from the crimped side of our
metal pipe because this will go into here, okay? So don’t cut from this side
or you’ll be re-cutting from this side. (Camerawoman groans) Who did that? (high-pitched whirring) – [Camerawoman] Success? – We’re that much closer
to our grilled cheese egg-in-a-hole. So this fits into here. – [Camerawoman] Ooh, it actually does! – And then this goes in the hole like that and it sits like this. (dog whining) – [Camerawoman] Brother. – Sand. So now I’m gonna fill the
base of our rocket stove. – [Camerawoman] Could you
use anything besides sand? – [Eric] You could use- I think you could use
peat gravel or stone. Again, this is one of those
‘use at your own risk’ kind of things. (crunching) Alright, ready to fire it up? – [Camerawoman] Yeah. The stick pile? – [Eric] Yeah. (Camerawoman laughing) Get a bunch of little sticks. (tearing sound) Little bit of paper, okay? Just a little bit. And then some sticks in the top. (click) – [Camerawoman] Can you overdo it? – [Eric] You could put
too-heavy of wood in there. You know, like, the
charcoal chimney-starters for you barbecue grill? – [Camerawoman] Yeah. – That’s the same thing. (click) – [Camerawoman] Ooh, now it’s warmed up. – Yeah, it just took a little time. Very cool. The drier the wood the better,
or you could use, like, little pieces of scrap lumber, too. So as these burn, you wanna push this in, and add more pieces to it. Can you see in there? – [Camerawoman] I see at the top. – It’s a beautiful thing. Alright, there you go, how
to build a rocket stove. More information about us is below. If you wanna see us cook
with the rocket stove- (clang) Grilled cheese with egg-in-a-hole, or egg-in-a-hole grilled cheese sandwich. Next video, the link
is below or at the end of the video here. But you can do this. If I did something wrong or
you got some suggestions, Let me know in the show
notes below, alright? – [Camerawoman] Alright! – That was great. Thank you Erik from Root Simple. – [Camerawoman] We’re
gonna cook now, aren’t we? – We’re gonna try. (lively music)


  • Kevin Finkel

    if you use a 45 degrees elbow then you don't have to worry about feeding the wood in as it will take care of itself. plus, you should use a shelf in the feed tube so air can always get in no matter how much wood you stuff in.

  • Stan Avezov

    if you have the chimney column smaller in diameter then the front elbow, would it make the heat more intense? I guess, can you achieve higher temperatures then if they were the same diameter pipes? I ask because a high heat could be used in Chinese cooking for stir frying!

  • Dean Koch

    A couple things you can add is first to keep from melting the bucket at the bottom where the elbow is… Use a double wall elbow. It wont get hot on the outside. As for the burner for the pans to sit on can be a couple bricks or sticks. The one you have from the stove is ingenious but once hot it too will met the bucket right because I seen it sitting on the plastic.?

  • Wes Walker

    I ran into you twice and one evening looking at various things I like. I remember the first video I saw you guys was a pizza oven

  • Pam Thompson

    I'm going to use a metal roofing bucket (cleaned out of course) and a metal juice can and large metal tomato can and pea gravel.

  • Rubenita Nunes

    Ficou ótimo, ontem dia 19 de junho de 2018 eu fiz um igual só que coloquei um concreto meio magro no espaço a ser preenchido, ficou muito bom dá para usar lenha e carvão

  • Eric Klassen

    Besides being poisonous, the pipe should have been installed in the opposite direction. That mean, the air, smoke, heat should flow from the male end into the female end to avoid any leaks. Check with a pipe fitter/heating guy if you need clarification. I know, I know, it's all in sand and it is outside BUT the same principle applies anywhere, and if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right, huh? I would use weak plastic tubing (soda bottle) encased in weak cement mixture and pull out the plastic form before cement is totally hardened. Do this in stages and, after a week or so you have a cement tunnel for the stove to draw through.

  • Darrin France

    You need to have a small amount of space in the tube under the wood to allow for air movement to feed the fire better and draw air into the fire to force the heat up the chimney.

  • Flamethatburns

    Use a food grade vermiculite, a metal bucket, a propane torch to light it, large cans with the ends cut out and joined together with silver duct work tape, elevate the bottom of the cans with a brick, bend a small piece of metal to go under the sticks to allow air flow to the fire to get the real rocket stove effect. Save your bucket lid to keep the rain out and to secure everything inside when transporting it. When cool, put a piece of tin foil and rubber band around the fire hole to keep unwanted critters out. You can control the fire by partially blocking the air hole that keeps the sticks elevated. Other than that, everything is perfect!

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