StoveTec Rocket Stove Review: When Cooking With Fire Is A Hassle

Vic from ThePracticalPrepper.com came over to the house a few weeks ago to hang out.  It was a good opportunity for me to pull out my StoveTec rocket stove for the first time so that we could mess around with it and get a feel for how easy (or difficult) it would be to use in a disaster situation.

If you’re not familiar with the Stovetec, it’s a wood burning (or “biomass” burning) stove that is popular amongst preppers as well as 4th worlders in sub-sahara Africa.  It’s got a door on the front that you feed with twigs and sticks, as well as an optional heat shield you can use to focus the heat up toward your cooking pot.

StovetecVic tooks some video and did a video review, which I’ll post here once he’s got it up.  So, bookmark this page and check back later.

 

Pro’s and Con’s of the Stovetec Rocket Stove

As for my impressions of the stove: Both Vic and I agreed: The Stovetec would be far superior than cooking over an open fire, in an emergency scenario.  However– this type of stove would be our last choice, reserved for when we’ve run out of either propane or denatured alcohol (for use with other types of stoves).

Why?

It was too hard to get lit, and once we got it lit we had to really “babysit” the stove by continuing to feed it twigs and sticks every five minutes. Nature of the beast, I guess.

We had to resort to the ‘ol “cotton balls dipped in vasoline” trick to finally get the fire going.  This was surprising, since the wood was pretty dry– especially living in the high desert whe

re fire hazards are a constant threat.  Just goes to show that Murphy’s Law is pretty much always in effect: When you need wood to burn easily, it won’t.  And when you don’t want it to burn… well… knock on wood we haven’t had to experience that, yet!

So– should you buy one of these?

Yes.  After a huge earthquake or some other type of disaster, you may either run out of propane or alcohol fuel, but you’ll most likely have an abundance of wood or biomass to burn in this stove.

Will I keep this Stovetec as my only emergency stove?  Yes, I will keep it.  No, not as my only stove.  But yes… I will keep it.   It’s smokey and let’s face it: It’s far easier to start up a Coleman propane camp stove (that you can use inside, if properly ventilated) than it is to use something like this, that burns wood.

But as with all things: You should have backups to your backups.  The Stovetec is my backup to my backup (my alcohol backpacker stove); Which itself is my backup to my Coleman propane stove.

[I’ll do a review on my alcohol stove, soon!]

Global Sun Oven Works Even On Cold Days


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When I was looking into buying a solar oven, there were basically two options: This one and the SOS Sport Solar oven.  The SOS was a bit less expensive, but it also looked like it might be less durable, and I wanted something that was built for the long haul.  I’m glad I bought the Global Sun Oven instead because not only is it built really well, it’s built intelligently, too.  When you pull it out of the box, to set up the solar reflectors, you just open it up and it unfolds into place.  I was impressed with how easy it is to set up.

The other cool thing about the Global Sun Oven is that it works well enough that you can even use it on cold days.  See the video below where the woman is using it to cook in 22 degree weather.  I personally haven’t tried it on a day that cold, yet.

Sun Oven GLOBAL SUN OVEN

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The Global Sun Oven® is the world's most widely used solar oven. Solar cooking has been around for centuries, but up to now, not many people have had the opportunity to try cooking with the sun. Using the most advanced materials, the Sun Oven takes all the hassles out of solar cooking to create the ultimate solar appliance. The sun oven can be used in the winter as well as summer. It has been used very successfully at below zero conditions at a base camp on Mt. Everest. Measures 19" x 19" with an average depth of 11". The total weight is only 21 pounds. You can bake bread, make cookies, pizza, muffins, or anything you could prepare using a conventional oven. The Global Sun Oven® lets you harness the power of the sun to cook without fuel and is currently being used in over 126 countries around the world. Sundance Solar is proud to carry this high quality solar appliance that is designed to last a lifetime.

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Coleman Two-Burner Propane Stove


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We use this stove for when we’re camping and also if there is a power outage.  It’s simple to set up and all you need to do is screw in a 1 lb. propane canister and it’s usually good for two to three days of cooking.  The main advantage to this camp stove (compared to a rocket stove, for example) is that you can use it indoors, which comes in hand especially if it’s snowing outside and you want to make yourself a cup of hot chocolate if the power goes out.  This thing is built like a tank.  Highly recommended.

Coleman Two-Burner Propane Stove

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Convenient and reliable, the Coleman PerfectFlow 2-Burner Stove is a trustworthy choice for camping, backpacking, and other outdoor cooking opportunities. This stove offers 20,000 BTUs in two high-performance burners that adjust individually from simmer to full boil, for perfect outdoor cooking. The stove features an aluminum-steel cook top that's rust-resistant and easy to clean. The built-in WindBlock System shields the burners for maximum heat. Coleman's PerfectFlow pressure-control system ensures consistent cooking performance, even in cold weather, at high altitudes, and when fuel is low. The stove's convenient Dual Fuel design lets you operate it on either Coleman Liquid Fuel or unleaded gasoline.

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The StoveTec Deluxe One Door Rocket Stove, Because It Burns Both Wood & Biomass


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When you’re in a real SHTF scenario and you can’t (or don’t want to) use your propane or kerosene for cooking– or you’ve already used it all up– you need an efficient stove that burns wood.  The StoveTec is exactly what you’re looking for.  It’s built like a tank and it’s big enough that you can cook real meals on it.  This stove is being used all over Africa because it is so much more efficient than cooking over an open flame. If memory serves, I chose the stove with the one door option because it can be used with both wood and biomass fuels (scrap lumber, forest debris, certain crops, etc…)

You should note: At roughly 25 lbs., it’s too big for a bug out bag.  This is a product that’s built to be used at home, or perhaps when car camping.  Highly recommended.

StoveTec Deluxe 1 Door Stove (Wood & Biomass Fuel Options)

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The StoveTec Deluxe 1 Door Rocket Stove with refractory metal liner, thicker cast iron 6 prong pot support top, & double layer kiln fired tile floor! Our one door rocket stove burns wood, or any biomass flammable material for fuel. This improved cook stove is more durable, easier to operate, safer to use, and longer lasting.

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