Rocket stoves are no rocket science, but there is still a science to how they work. Luckily, they do not require elaborate mechanics, and they surely aren’t dependent on either gas or electricity to cook you a delicious meal and satiate your hunger.

So, what’s a rocket stove exactly and how does it work? A rocket stove works chiefly on wood fuel. Creating a simple exoskeleton for the stove, you insert a piece of wood to burn in the combustion chamber and let the flame and smoke rise through the chimney which is vertical and insulated. This makes the combustion to be complete even before the fire reaches the top cooking area.

Not only are rocket stoves simple in mechanics, but they are also extremely feasible for a traveler’s life, with their usually small size and easy portability. And yes, they are cheap on the pocket too. In fact, you can make them on your own, in a shape you deem best. Rocket stoves can be created using scrap and recyclable material. They are also used for heating homes or small spaces. Once you have a decent idea of how to make one, you can build a rocket stove in emergency situations too with no elaborate list of materials required.

To help you with the process, here are some easy to make DIY rocket stove plans.

1. Recycle

Recycling is the best way to arrange materials for your stove. Take three tin cans to make this amazing rocket stove and cook delicious food in the middle of nowhere. Always remember to use gloves while making this, and tin cutters and snips for cutting through the tin, and heat insulation for keeping the stove insulated. It’s not tough to make this, is it?

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2. Using a Metal Bucket

Instead of tin cans, we are using a  metal bucket here. But, in spite of the big surface for cooking, there is no fuel efficiency reduction. Take a metal bucket that can hold five gallon, two metal pipes, a grill rack for the surface and some clay dirt. Voila. Use twigs for fuel and cook to your heart’s delight.

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3. Stove Out of a Trash Can?

Trash cans are usually known for dumpster diving and foraging food by stray animals, but you can use a metal trash can to do wonders for your outdoor kitchen or inside a cabin in the woods. You can always paint the stove not to make it look like a trash can and decorate it whichever way you deem fit.

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4. “The Tubes are Tied”

This is as handy as it gets. All you need is a tubular piece of steel with a three-inch section and a cross on the top made of steel again for the surface. Very easy to carry and extremely efficient, you can cook outdoors in the simplest of ways.

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5. Building it Up, Bring by Brick

I understand you don’t want to always carry a rocket stove around and perhaps just want a gas-free, electricity-free stove out in the backyard for outdoor cooking. For this, creating a permanent stove using stacked bricks is a great way to do it.
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6. Bricks, but More Suave This Time

If you want neater finishing and more permanence for your brick stove, go for this red brick and mortar stove that looks as neat as a fireplace in an old country house. You can, of course, paint the bricks or add more touch ups to it to make it look more appealing.
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7. A Small Tin Can And a Whole Lotta Fun 

This is a tin can again, but one that is comparatively much smaller than others yet equally efficient in its cooking abilities. All you need are a bunch of twigs and some leaves to fuel it up.
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8. Heating With a Rocket

Rocket stoves can be used for more than just cooking. You can create a rocket stove to custom use it as a house heater. Trust me. This is far cheaper than using a gas or electricity based heater and warms up the house as cozily as possible. Here, a water heater was used to heat the house instead.

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9. A Small Heater for Big Heating

This is a smaller heater and more open on the top, but actually manages to heat up big open indoor spaces. Easy on the money and easy on the building side, yet more heating for the winters to be tolerable.

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10. A Thing Outta Nuthin’

This one is amazing to look at and is amazing at work too. This particular design makes the stove run for 4 hours once loaded and lit. It is a long burner and helps save resources, even if those resources have been rummaged from the garden.

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11. Rocket Stove Using a Can

You can create a rocket stove that runs on twigs to fuel your cooking. Simple, right? A rocket stove created by using #10 Can and other scrap material makes it easy for you to build one. Take one #10 Can, and two cans that can store 28oz each, add another can to it for the shelf section. Get some thermal insulation. Get a tin cutter to cut through metal and heavy duty gloves for your safety. Use a wire hanger to make the handle and a can of spray paint that is heat resistant if you want to paint the stove.

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12. Tough as Nails!

This is a tough-skinned stove. It is robust and does not look like it will falter. Neatly welded, it is meant to last long. You will require an extra helping hand if you want to cut and weld it as neatly and tightly as it looks. You might also want to paint it to make it look fancier.
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13. Utility and Aesthetics Rolled into One 

This rocket stove is very steampunk in its appearance and looks more complete than others, with a full stand for support. It is portable and is sort of a centerpiece wherever you install it. You can paint it or spend a little more and get extra finishing on it, like the ones you have for malm fireplaces.
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14. Small, Yet Efficient

This is an adorably small rocket stove that once again uses a #10 can for its main body, and four soup cans for the rest. If you already have such material lying in your garage or your kitchen, you are spending nothing on making this. It is easy to use and easy to make, and as an bonus looks cute while you cook.
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15. The Tiki Stove With Magical Powers

This one adds a very ethereal element to your stove. It perfectly complements the look and feel of nature and blends with its natural environment. Moreover, its relic like appearance makes it a great decorative piece too.

But, making a tiki stove isn’t as simple as making a #10 can stove. This one’s a heavy stove that isn’t easy to move around. Why? Because it is made out of concrete. It doesn’t mean you cannot take it for camping, it just means you need a good number of hands to transport it.
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16. The Hobos

It doesn’t sound all that fashionable, and the name comes from the ever cliched yet never old shot in films of people cooking in the underpasses and at stations with a small stove. These people are called as Hobos usually, and so is the stove after them. But, hey, it isn’t bad at all in functionality. It is small, lightweight and can be carried around very easily for your camping trips or even when you’re out of gas or electricity.
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17. Stove Out of Cinderblocks

Cinder blocks look cool. Cinder blocks are also robust. Cinder blocks come with readymade compartments, and they are adequately heavy duty. Moreover, they are big enough for you to use bigger sized pots for cooking and with enough blocks, cook with more than one pot. And yes, they are easy on the pocket and easy on the make.
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18. Steampunk for the Win!

The steampunk appeal never goes, and heaters like these just bring that nostalgia to your rocket stove idea. It is heavy duty and is more equipped for heating up your home than for making a meal. And because of how it looks, it clearly isn’t simple to make. But, once you figure out the mechanics of it, you won’t need to feel guilty for using stuff that adds to environmental degradation.


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19. Stove From The Future

This looks something out of a dystopian concept art. And not only is it great to look at, but it is very functional in use. This is complete with two sets of trays and platforms for keeping stuff. It also looks like a robot is serving you food with plates held high. You can, of course, add to that effect by crafting or drawing a face for this stove. This grill is also big enough to cook a lot and won’t cost you much.
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20. The Easiest Thing to Make Ever!

This is by far the simplest and most cost-efficient rocket stove on this list, but it is only mostly possible if you are a seaside dweller. Even if you aren’t one, there is no harm to learn how to make it. All you really require for this is a lot of sand. The other materials used here are again scraps that can be rummaged and customized for the stove.
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21. A Portable Stove- Hell Yeah!

This one’s a winner. It is small enough to fit anywhere in your house or car, or even on the back of your bike, and it not only helps you efficiently cook food, but it also heats better than it looks it can. Moreover, it is lightweight and easy to carry, and needless to say easy on the pocket. Also, just for gags, you can call it your pocket rocket. Funny, I know.
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22. Homemade Stove Perfect for Camping and Backyard Picnics

Neat in design and resembling something out of War of the Worlds or Star Wars, this rocket stove is meant to last. It appears to be industry grade and readymade, but is really homemade. And no, it is not difficult to make. In a few easy steps, you can have this stove in your backyard or on your camping trips.
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23. Another Easy-to-Make

This is very easy to make, and once you have a detailed list of instructions how to make it step by step, your job gets so much easier than before. It isn’t expensive either, as is usually the nature of a rocket stove. Plus, it looks very tidy and appealing and easy to carry around.
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24. A Few Tin Cans And Some Other Stuff

Yes, this one does make use of rummaged material mostly and isn’t too pretty to look at, but at the same time it is time-saving, effort saving and money saving to make. Just by using a couple of big tin cans and some bent tin for the handles, this rocket stove does its job efficiently and helps you prepare a delicious meal on the go.
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25. ‘Style’ is It’s Middle Name

This rocket stove looks very chic in design and is sleek and neat to look at it. It has three small pieces of a rod at the bottom for legs and a symmetrically asymmetrical design with two nozzles for the firebrand and four steel rods at the surface for keeping the cooking pan. Moreover, it seems to have welded the cooking pan to the stove, but that doesn’t seem necessary to do. It is easy to carry and can be used in your backyard and on camping trips.
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26. An Industrial Model

Very industrial in design and resembling something of a locomotive, this stove, instead of being tall or broad, is long in shape and uses iron blocks and plates to cut and weld them together in a most efficient way. It has a support on the surface for placing the pots, and in the ignition area, it compartmentalizes the wood, twig or leaf stuffing area. The two rectangular pipes at the bottom for support can be custom fitted with wheels to move around.
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27. A Stove on Wheels? What!

Speaking of wheels, this rocket stove cum full-fledged cooking grill is welded into the back of a trailer truck, complete with a long, rectangular and spacious grill and a deep area for the firebrand. It also has handles on the side to hold and lid to cover the grill. Very neatly cut and welded, with this portable yet fixed grill you can have well-done steak in the middle of the forest. Extremely efficient for people who like to be on the go as often as possible, this heavy-duty grill is meant to last long.
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Which DIY Rocket stove plan is your favorite?

Now that we’ve given you some top ideas for DIY oven stoves, when do you intend to get your hands dirty? Worry not; these extremely tips should give you the ability to make Stoves out of scraps in no time!


Sudarshan Kar