Fox James wrote:I found it quite hard to discover what is really the best way, or best way that has so far been discovered, to put together a rocket stove!
The principle of using the same size opening for firebox and heat riser seems to work but if a large piece of wood falls into the horizontal burn chamber, the fire still seems to work fine!
What I found was the heat riser needed to be taller than the recommended guidelines but this could just be because I have a relativity short chimney or some other factor?
If I were to build another stove or hotplate I would definitely do some things differently but my hotplate works far better than I every really thought it would so I guess there is some margin for design error!
I think the fire box and heat riser materials are very influential, trying to source the ideal mix of strength and insulation is very differcult.