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Coconut Rocket Stove

 
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This is our first try making a rocket stove. I live in Mombasa Kenya where gas is too expensive (and I am too poor) to use for cooking and trees are too sparse to cut for fire wood. So how do we eat? With coconuts of course! The Coconut husk gets the fire going and the shells burn like rocket fuel, they even roar. They fat from the meat gets squeezed into our delicious farm food and the fiber is spread out to feed our chickens. This stove is so great because after it gets started the coconuts burn like charcoal and produce very little smoke (many women have throat and lung cancer from spending their life next to a fire). So much heat gets trapped inside that I am able to get it started, put of food, and forget about it while I am busy on my farm. When I come back dinner is served! This is such a huge improvement over sitting in smoke constantly feeding a fire to feed yourself. Thank you people for being so inspirational. I am glad we have met with success. If you want to see more of our adventures building permacuture and making art check out our blog at Growing Futures Kenya Blog
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Cool Evelyn.

Well, i would make that heat riser a smidge taller. May be a batch rocket could be even more adapted to your cooking style and fuel.
 
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Great job Evelyn! Well done. Coconut is an amazing food / fuel. We loved it when we lived in Central America. So many uses! Here is a short video of an improvise drocket stove our kids put together to cook their lunch with Coconut husks and shells and bits of wood.
 
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I am so impressed by coconuts... they have SO many uses...
There seem to be some plants that are really great for us humans. Coconuts trees are one example, bamboo are another: the shoots edible, and the are one of the best building materials, and not not only for houses, but for so much else.
 
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