Sunday, March 31, 2013
Rocket Stove and the Camp Stove Oven
Rocket Stoves are a great alternative to cooking on a campfire whether fun camping or during a life changing disaster aftermath. They are very fuel efficient and if firewood is in limited supply then they really shine. This is important because you could be without all utilities after a disaster event, how would you cook your meals? It can only be caveman style, over a fire!
To get the best overall survival cooking use from my Rocket Stove I have to be able to cook all foods and control the heat output so I can use my camp stove oven on top and bake breads to biscuits.
Today was the first temperature test attempt at using a camp stove oven on top of the rocket stove. The stoves large flat square cook top easily held the oven stable with no fears of falling off and no wobbling.
Before placing the oven on the stove I placed a piece of stainless steel window screen on top the stove first to stop any burned ashes from entering the oven chamber and getting all over the food inside.
It appears the camp stove oven is a perfect match for the rocket stove. I just started a typical fire with the dead branches from my yard. It burned fairly clean except when I’d push the wood into the chamber as it burned then it would smoke for a couple minutes then clear up. I’m thinking if I used split kindling without bark on it, it would burn much cleaner.
The temperature and control was easy, I really did nothing, just kept the fire going. Within 10 minutes the oven was at 325 degrees and that’s where I normally bake at. Over the next hour I checked the temperature and it stayed between 325 and 375, more than good enough for camp baking. The temp fluctuations would correlate to when I’d push in more fresh wood the higher the temperature and as the wood burns back it would lower the temp. It appears that to maintain a constant temperature I’ll need to regularly push in the wood for a constant burn rate.
Overall the oven on the rocket stove looks promising and next weekend I will bake some dinner rolls and maybe a loaf of bread. Wonder what smoked bread tastes like!
Here’s the stainless window screen I used to prevent the ashes from floating into the oven chamber. Worked perfectly!
The oven on top the rocket stove.
As I expected, the oven door thermometer is off by 100 degrees just like it was when using propane!
My trusty oven thermometer showed me 325 to 375 degrees throughout the temperature testing.
After one hour of testing the stainless screen held up just fine. I will now trim it to fit properly.