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Amanda StoffelsSummer is in full swing here in Texas. We've been spending much more time on the farm now that we have the shell of the cabin built. Being on the farm on a consistent basis has made for some experimentation when it comes to cooking with no electricity or running water. There are only so many days that a person can handle cold prep food until you start thinking how to cook a hot meal. I had gotten pretty good at cooking on the campfire until the Texas heat settled into town.

Have you ever wanted a hot meal, but had no kitchen? Cooking on a campfire has always been my solution. But have you ever experienced a Texas summer? Cooking over a campfire is the worst during the triple digit days. So how do we beat the heat here at Stoffels Family Farm yet still have a hot breakfast without a traditional kitchen? We cook on a rocket stove! This stove uses cinder blocks and creates a funnel of heat up to a burner where you can cook food in skillets. The heat is concentrated in one spot so it reduces the amount of heat you feel while cooking. All you need are four cinder blocks and some smaller red bricks.

Rocket Stove

You Tube continues to be a great source for how-to videos, and how to make a rocket stove has been extremely useful! Here are the two videos we watched when trying to create our own rocket stove.

Single Burner Rocket Stove 

Double Burner Rocket Stove 

9/9/2014 8:17:13 AM

Amanda, I too have watched those videos several times and wondered how difficult it would be to find that H block. I've never tried a rocket stove but it looks like it would be a great way to cook on camping excursions. I've always wanted to try the rocket stove but so far have not done so. It's good to know there is an alternative to the H block. ***** Have a great rocket stove cooking day.

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