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A Step by Step Guide to Making a Rocket Stove

I would like to enquire if it is possible to get a detailed step by step guide into how to make the rocket stove from scratch? We have a team in Kasese, Uganda and are involved in some renewable energy projects including solar lighting and making charcoal from agriculural waste. We have acquired about 15 oil drums and are excited by the prospect of being able to use them for rocket stoves as we know they could have a profoundly positive impact of the lives of people here in Kasese.

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There are a number of rocket stove designs available but from your message it looks like you are interested in the institutional rocket stove which can be seen in the video from the Practical Action East Africa office text This uses an oil drum as the main body and looks to be suitable for 50-300 people. However, this design originates from Aprovecho and there are some instructions on its construction on the Aprovecho site and specifically Institutional Rocket Stove text

If you are looking for something smaller then Practical Action East Africa has also been involved in another design which is described in the attached technical brief which is not yet online and is only in draft format, it is similar to the one described by Stewart Brown on the Practical Action website. We are also writing a more generic document about rocket stoves which I have attached, again this is only a draft at this stage but I hope that the information is useful.

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There is a lot of information on rocket stoves, including institutional ones, in GIZ's cooking energy compendium, on

On you will find an automated tool that allows users to build a customized institutional rocket stove. The tool can be used to design a brick or metal institutional rocket stove with or without chimney for any institutional pot (30 L + capacity).

furthermore, aprovechoprovides a lot of information on rocket stoves:

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Not exatcly what you asking but may interesting. Have you think about gasification of the agriculture waste? In short: there are promising experience in dual motor (25% diesel, 75% wood gas) for produce electricity or torque. you also get a big amount of head. if you want more infomation, Don' t hesitate to ask. it wil be a pleasure to share the info i have.

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Thanks for this note. What a those materials you a talking about to yield diesel? what is the process lets get step by step thanks.

Richard Kizito.

richardkizito297 gravatar imagerichardkizito297 ( 2015-03-23 12:55:44 -0500 )edit

Steel rocket stoves are very good but they do get damaged easily (especially if they are being moved). They also burnout and rust so generally don't last very long. You might want to consider building fuel efficient stoves from brick which work on very similar principles and are much more efficient. GIZ are a good source of information on brick stoves.

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My brother or sister from Kasese you are welcome, you are not far from Kagando hospital where i installed institutional rocket stove and small stoves for those attending to expecting mothers( mothers unit kitchen). so i advise you to visit this place for your information thank you and feel free contacting me for any stove information here in Uganda. Richard Kizito

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