Holey Roket can be made using a pipe for making briquettes as a model for the combustion chamber. It takes approximately 1 hour to mix the material and 1 hour to model the stove.
- clay – app. 10 kgs
- sawdust – 2x the amount of clay (per volume), or other insulating material
- pipes (same as for making briquettes), or briquettes wrapped in cardboard
- cutting/modelling tool (for example big knife)
- desk to work on
Clay is mixed with sawdust, vermiculite or other material that provides insulation. Sawdust burns when the stove is fired in a kiln, which makes tiny air-bubbles providing important insulation (to keep the fire as hot as possible).
30 cm high (12 inches)/ 25 cm long (10 inch)/ 20 cm wide (8 inches)
10 cm (4 inches) pipe diameter/ app 40 cm (16 inches) long (x2 pipes)/ 45 degree cut on one side
CLAY MIXTURE RATIO
2 parts of clay/ 4 parts of sawdust/ 1 part water
- Mix the clay, sawdust and water together. You can use your hands or feet
- Make a bottom of the stove app. 1 inch thick (3 cm)
- put the shorter model of the pipe on top of the bottom. Make sure its centered.
- carefully model the walls of the stove around the model
- finish the surface of the stove as you like.
- Add the pot holders or cut them out the stove body.
- Attach the stove/briquette holders on the side with a slip or wet clay.
- Dry the stove slowly, so it doesn’t crack
- When its fully dry (test if the walls are warm), take the stove to local pottery shop or fire it in a pit fire.
- Wrap the stove with a wire so it doesn’t fall apart when it cracks. It will crack in time due to big temperature differences while using the stove. Its nothing wrong.
you can use less sawdust for more durability – longer lasting stove, but the insulation property decreases – less efficient heat transfer). The mixture also varies according to available clay and sawdust (if particles are small, use less sawdust). Consider talking to the local pottery-maker, since they have experiences with local clays.
The mixture is applied around the plastic pipes with approximately 1 inch thick layer all around the pipes. Thicker walls will make the stove more durable, but will take longer for the mass to heat up, which can cause smoke before the stove heats up. Make sure the clay is applied with no bigger air gaps as the stove may crack during firing.
Briquette holders can be added to pre-dry briquettes at sides of the stove and hold the stove easier while hot. There could be 2 – 3 holders around the combustion chamber mounted approximately in the middle of the stove’s height. Make sure you make a a proper clay ‘glue’ when mounting them; they could fall off if not glued well.
The pipes are then pulled out of the stove while its still wet. Be careful not to damage the round form on the bottom of the stove so briquettes can perfectly fit. If your clay shrinks a lot and you’re using the same pipes for making briquettes, you can add a layer of 5mm cart-board around the pipes to make sure briquettes will fit in the feed.
After app. a week or two of drying the stove (first in the shade so clay doesn’t crack) the stove is fired in a kiln. You know when a stove body is fully dry when it is not cold on a touch.
You can bake the stove with a local pottery maker, brick maker or you can make your own pit fire – check this post to learn how to bake stoves on your own
There is a referential video that explains the making process more in-depth. Please contact Rok for more additional info!
A metal casing could be made around the stove body to or the liner could simply be surrounded with mud or other material at hand.
Metal stoves are easy to make and light in weight but less efficient if not properly insulated. Durability can be significantly improved if the combustion chamber is ceramic as metal can burn out fast. Durability is improved also if a second or third briquette feed is introduced as the flames are not directed directly to the stove wall. Double or triple feed also increase the power-output as more briquettes are burned simultaneously.
The metal roket was made out sheet-metal material. The thicker the material, the more durable the stove – especially important is the combustion chamber due to direct flame exposure. This specific stove is 9inches high – higher stove would enable a cleaner flame, lower stove provides more heat output but. 10mm screws with 12mm head were used to enable the right gap between the stove top and pot bottom to enable an optimum heat transfer.
The gap between the combustion chamber and the outer cylinder can be filled with an insulation material such as vermiculite. The parts can be welded together and should fit as good as possible.