I love the imaginative ways I have seen the rocket stove concept applied. I have wanted to find an alternative to my propane BBQ for some time. The rocket stove, though, has too much heat out of the stack, and it is too concentrated.
My question is this. Can you place the emitter plate found in the Charbroil Infrared BBQ (replacement part is about $30) above the chimney. The emitter acts as a spreader plate and emits infrared over the whole surface, which then cooks the food. There may be balancing issues to solve. Maybe an open frame with 4 legs made from bent coat hangers that supports first the emitter and then the grill bars. Does any one have comments, or is this just a pipe dream?
Michael McKinley : Serious creds for thinking outside the box!! Yes this would probably work, however, with the top of the the uncovered Barrel reaching 800dF
do we really need to elevate the temperature any higher ! A fellow member has cut a large hole in the top of the barrel into which he sets a large wok, I expect
he is exceeding that by 200dF or more!
Again, give yourself a pat on the back, if you decide to explore this farther- keep us informed ! BIG AL
Success has a Thousand Fathers , Failure is an Orphan
Looking at how many new shining stainless steel propane barbecues are sold makes me wonder- what happens to the old grills. I think it would be great to retrofit old grills to be pocket rocket stoves. Spreading the heat over an infrared plate would be more practical than a single burner. Having both options would be nice too.