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Rocket Stove Construction
For the construction of this particular Rocket Stove we decided to build through the wall. We built the combustion chamber passing through a wall from the breezeway into the living room.
First we had to cut a hole through the wall.

We then had to set a base for the combustion chamber and steel drum radiator. In this case we used a recycled concrete slab set on bricks and tinfoil to protect the wood floor, and then we set a sheet of steel cut to fit through the opening in the wall.

A base was then set with cob (clay mixed with sand and straw as binder) and insulated with a glass foam insulator before the steel sheet was set.

Then the combustion chamber was mocked up on the floor with kiln bricks.
The combustion chamber was set using a clay slip.
The feed slot was built using cob, chunks of recycled concrete, and bricks.
We then set a pipe at the end of the combustion chamber the will be the exhaust to the steel drum radiator.
We then insulated the combustion chamber and the feed slot.
Then the combustion chamber exhaust was insulated.
The radiator barrel was then set, leaving only an inch and a half between the the combustion chamber exhaust and the top of the inside the barrel, this creates a heavy draw on the combustion chamber as well as providing a very effective immediate heat radiator and hot plate.
We then mocked up the flue of the stove. A Rocket stove requires a minimum of 20’ of flue that is run through a thermal mass. This helps to intensify the draw of the stove system and to create a thermal mass to absorb, store, and radiate that heat.

We then started constructing what would be the couch using cob recycled concrete and brick.

The flue was then connected to the radiator barrel using cob to create a sealed connection leading into the set pipe.

After all major components of the rocket-stove system are set; it is then time to complete the project by building what will be functional furniture out of any number of materials, in this case we used cob.

Clay was dug from a slot in the back yard, mixed with sand and straw on tarps with our feet. When the consistency of the cob was like that of thick dough it was then ready to be used in building the rest of the couch.

You can be the most creative when building the final form of the rocket-stove system, because it is much like hand building with clay.

Once the building was complete it took about 90 days for the cob to dry out and for the rocket-stove system to become functional.


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