Want to stay warm and make food without having to use propane gas?

This is especially convenient if you are someone who enjoys going on outdoor adventures, such as camping. Going on a trip might mean that you don’t have access to electricity, gas, or other resources that are required to generate heat. 

This could be a major inconvenience, and it can greatly limit where you can go on trips. If this sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place.

This guide will show you different ways to build a rocket stove.

This is a portable stove that is fed by air and supplied by wood using the chute in the front. It doesn’t require much wood to burn, making it perfect for camping trips. You can use this to stay warm, cook, boil water, and basically anything else you’d do on a stovetop.

And it will stay warm for a long time, remaining efficient and durable. Check out our BBQ DIY grill stations if you’re interested in outdoor grilling!

39+ Free Homemade Rocket Stove Plans

1. Metal Bucket Basic Design

Rocket Stove

If you just want something very basic that will enable you to cook with wood quickly and efficiently, then this is the right design setup for you. All you need for this is 2 20 liter oil cans, which can easily be found outside the local kebab shop, a cooking pot, wood ask, stainless steel flexible flue, sheet metal, metal tubes, tin snips, work gloves, a drill, a rivet gun, angle grinder, and a hacksaw.


2. Recycled Material Stove For Cooking

Rocket Stove

When building a rocket stove, you can easily use some recycled materials that you have lying around and no use for. In this particular example, the author decided to use two pieces of stainless steel chimney pipes that they screwed together, in addition to drywall metal profile scraps. While it may be made out of seemingly useless materials, the end product is something that works!


3. Great for Camping

Rocket Stove

For this next project you will need one metal 5 gallon olive oil can, a black stove pipe elbow, a black stove pipe, lots of ashes, and a tin can. Be sure to use black stove pipe because the galvanized piping will release toxins into the air. For tools, you will want to have tin snips, file, a metal saw, a can opener, a marker, and something to clean inside of the can.


4. Just 8 Steps

Rocket Stove

In just eight short steps, you will be able to make an efficient rocket stove. The best part is that this particular example was made from a project in school, which means that you do not need to be a professional in order to execute this.



Rocket Stove

If you’re not entirely sure what the purpose of a rocket stove is, you can easily use it for cooking fish outdoors, picnics, tailgating, going to the beach, backyard barbecues, camping, outdoor cooking, and off grid cooking. You will find that it’s always a good idea to have this on hand because of all its different uses. If you need some help holding all of your fishing rods, check out these DIY fishing rod holder plans.


6. Sustainable Rocket Grill Design

Rocket Stove

Now more than ever, people are focusing on how to be more sustainable and have a smaller footprint on the environment. It is important to recycle and reuse resources such as tin and biofuel to do our part in making the environment a better place and prepare a delicious meal. This example focuses on sustainability, producing something that is environmentally friendly.


7. Grill Rack Camping Option

Camping Rocket Stove

Have we mentioned just how efficient this is if you want to go on a camping trip? It’s true. Small and portable, you always will want to have your new little stove on you when you go hunting to cook delicious meals out in nature. This particular option is portable and lightweight, meaning that it won’t be an extra burden to take with you on your trips. It also can be fired with wood without producing lots of smoke as you cook.


8. Tons of Ideas

Large Portable Wood Gasifier Stove

If you’re ever stuck for efficient cooking and need some inspiration, this is the right link to follow. Here, you will be able to find a plethora of different ideas to spark your imagination, which will provide you with the best rocket stove for whatever you need. From using all sorts of materials to how to build the final product, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.


9. Reinforced Concrete

Rocket Stove V3

This next option suggests using reinforced concrete as the main material for this tall outdoor stove because it will create a highly insulated wood burning stove. You may need more quantities of materials for this project than some of the others on this list, such as 60 pounds of sand and 80 pounds of cement mix.


10. Stainless Steel Cooktop

Cook (rocket) Stove

You will need a lot of steel and some stones in order to complete this project. Stainless steel provides a lot of heat distribution for radiant heat, and it is important to use the rockwool, gravel, and stones as insulation. Overall, it can get to around 500 degrees using pieces of wood. 


11. Simple Rocket Stove For Beginners

Rocket Stove by EAZEE

If you are someone who is just getting started in welding, this is the right choice for you. You will need to use a MIG welder and workshop tools, which might sound intimidating, but it is one of the easier options out there.


12. BBQ Convertible Metal Bucket Rocket Stove

Rocket Stove and BBQ

Having a lot of unused tools lying around doesn’t mean that you need to throw them away. It’s the best idea to recycle those supplies in the future for different plans, such as this. You will be surprised to see how well the results will turn out. It might seem intimidating, but there are so many more uses for your old supplies than you could imagine- including making an entire meal for your family in the backyard!


13. For the Homestead

Rocket Stoves for the Homestead.

Having an effective stove for the homestead will completely change the course of your cooking journey. They will not use much wood, and you will only need to heat it up using sticks and twigs. You can build several of varying sizes depending on the pipes and cans you find. There are so many different ways you can build these to result in something wonderful.


14. Concrete and Durable

Concrete Rocket Stove

As the author notes, this will outlast you due to the durability of concrete, but it’s one of the easier options to make. It is not insulated, so you might need to place something on the top to choke out the exhaust a bit when you want to start cooking.


15. Sand Material

Sand Rocket Stove

For this project, you will need sand, tubes, a small shovel, an ax or hatchet if you need to cut the wood, and when you go to make the fire, you will need wood, paper, and a match or lighter. This is meant for those who want to build a stove at the beach. The most important part is waiting for the sand to set over a period of several hours.


16. Cheapest

Not wanting to break the bank to do some DIYs? You have come to the right place! We always support the idea of using recycled things in order to make anything on your mind. For this specific instructions guide, you will need to get three oil cans. It is a good choice no matter what purpose you will use it for, especially camping.


17. Useful and Homemade

Homemade Rocket Stove

The best part of this next option is that you can cook anything you want to quickly. For example, cooking and boiling water are among the fastest that could be made. Whether you want to go camping, fishing, hunting, or on any road trips, you will find that this was an extremely useful creation. If you’re often on the road, you’ll find yourself wondering how you went so long without one.


18. Vortex Layout

Rocket Vortex Stove

What makes this unique is that, due to the way the stove is laid out, it will create a current that generates a vortex, which will enable you to make the most out of wood and fuel. For materials, you will need a galvanized steel sheet, something as an insulator such as ceramic plaster, foil cutter, mechanical tweezers, soldering tools, and safety glasses or gloves when you start welding.


19. Tiki Torch Jet

Concrete Tiki Rocket Stove

Why do you have to resort to some of the boring, typical designs? This next guide is based on the Tiki torch and stone statue idea, making it perfect for any backyard. Some of the great features of this Tiki Torch option include a metal combustion chamber, deep charcoal concrete mass, and a volcano rock cooktop. Some of the products necessary to build this were recycled.


20. For the Cabin

Building a Rocket Stove for the Cabin

Sustainability and self-sufficiency are among the most important features of any appliance like this. That is exactly what the author sought to create in the next Instructable. Due to their passion for hunting and wildlife, they sought to make something that would be sustainable and great for the environment, enabling us to enjoy our stay in nature without harming those that live there.


21. Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Rocket Stove

You could design your creation to look like a space shuttle, although the name here comes from the color. You will need a metal profile cut to a 45-degree angle as your main source. Then, follow the pictures and guidelines in order to build the best possible result.


22. How-to Guide

How to Make a Rocket Stove

The main premise behind this next choice is that it can be used in emergencies, such as when you don’t have compressed gas or alcohol on hand. If you run out, it might be difficult to get some more depending on where you are. This is especially useful for people who might live in areas where inclement weather, especially devastating hurricanes and tornadoes, is common. Wood is the main source of fuel, which tends to be easy to obtain no matter where you go.


23. Under $20

Under $20 Rocket Stove/Heater

What if we told you that you could do all of this without even spending $20? If you know that this is something you deeply need, then there is no need to break the bank or go outside of your budget. This pdf plan is incredibly necessary even if you live in a remote location or somewhere that gets a lot of bad weather. But it is especially great for those who enjoy camping or road tripping.


24. Portable for $25

Portable Rocket Stove About $25

Portable and cheap- what more could you want for your next DIY project? When you go camping from now on, you will be able to forget your propane because now, boiling water will be faster to get than ever. Overall, this only weighs around 2 points, and a hot fire can start within a span of ten minutes.


25. Mass Heater

Rocket Stove Mass Heater

The next guide is more unique in terms of design than some of the others. It is larger and more so meant to be used for the home. The purpose of this stove is to be a heater as well, which means that you can use it to stay warm and cook your food all at once.


26. Brick Wide

Brick Wide Rocket Stove

Here is an option that is much larger than some of the others due to the fact that it uses half of a brick chimney as the main source. However, a large cooking area was the author’s goal, which means that this is the perfect choice for anyone who likes to cook for lots of people at once, proving that this will transform your barbecues.


27. Pocket Rocket

Pocket Rocket Stove Heater

For the materials, you will need an oval bucket with the lid, stovepipes of different sizes, hydro clay, chamotte mortar, a hammer, oil, marker pen, drill, metal scissors, scraper, bucket, plastic bag, and water in order to build this. It’s rather small, and best of all, inexpensive to create.


28. Spark Project

Spark Rocket Stove Project

This is a small burner that is made from a 150/100mm profile, which closes the combustion chamber that is made with 80/80mm metal. The space in between the body and chamber is completely insulated with sand, and metal rods were included for some more stability.


29. Log Jack-O-Lantern

Log Rocket Stove Jack-O-Lantern

Why do you have to resort to a typical design for this project? This next one is based on the layout of a Jack-O-Lantern using log rounds, which will especially make this something great to use around Halloween to get in the festive spirit. You’ll definitely want to have a printed Jack-O-Lantern face in order to carve it correctly into the wood.


30. Small Tent

Tent Small Rocket Stove KP

Next is a heater that is meant to be used in a tent, perfect for those who enjoy going camping, especially in colder weather as the author of this guide does. You will want to use a regular stove so that you are not exposed to an open fire, but you still will have access to heat for warmth and cooking.


31. Heavy-Duty

Fabricating a Heavy-Duty Rocket Stove

The purpose of these stoves was to make small meals in third-world countries where people might not have had access to regular stovetops. This is extremely heavy-duty, and for this specific option, you will need some experience in welding and metalworking.


32. DIY Super Pot

DIY Super Pot for Rocket Stoves

What makes this Instructable unique is the fact that it is a double walled pot that will increase heat transfer. You can now make your own using scrap materials, and it can help your hands stay clean as you’re working since the inner wall is the only part that gets charred.


33. Out of Cans

DIY Rocket Stove Out of Cans

What better way to stay warm and make food than using materials that you have just lying around, such as cans? One big can is all you need, and you will also need a marker to set where you want to cut. Connecting smaller cans to the large can is the next step. And for this, you will be able to recycle old materials, making it even more efficient. That way, you won’t have to throw away any old cans, and you can make something usable out of the deal.


34. Batch Box Heater


This gigantic project is much different than the other ones on our list. It’s also more difficult due to the use of bricks and concrete, but it was part of a class taught about building, so you could definitely use this kind of heater for more involved cases. If you want to teach a class, or if you are learning more about how to build, this could be a great project to take on in order to improve your skills or teach your students how to do something new.


35. Three Blocks

Concrete Rocket Stove

All you need for this next option is three blocks, creating something that is sturdy and that will certainly last you a long time. This resource is simple to find, which will end up saving you more money. And the best part of using concrete blocks is that they are sturdy and strong. This means that you won’t have to worry about anything happening to the final structure, because it is able to withstand all the elements.


36. Hot Tub

Wood-fired Rocket Stove Hot Tub

This isn’t really a rocket stove per se, but instead, it is a hot tub that is not powered by electricity, chlorine, or any of the other inconveniences that make people shy away from hot tubs. You can check out the entire process at the link below, where you can find out how the author was able to heat up a hot tub just using organic supplies.


37. Two Types

RoCkeT StOvE(one in the Ground & a Usual One)

Here, you will be able to find instructions for an option that goes inside the ground and another that has the typical design. It gets very hot and the flame will last several hours.


38. Welding Practice

Welding Practice Project

If you want to sharpen some of your welding skills, you don’t need to look any further. When you are just starting out, you certainly won’t have many projects to work on because it can be difficult to get started. However, you can easily practice your skills with this new project, which won’t take much time or effort to do. Although this is much easier, it’s the best way for beginners to have something to practice on. You won’t need much more than a hacksaw and a welder, and you’ll end up welding 12 feet of joints. Just make sure to use all the proper safety equipment to avoid any accidents, which is the first step when you take on projects such as this.


39. Meet the Neighbors

How to Meet the Neighbors (build a Rocket Stove)

Want to plan a get-together with the neighbors, friends, or family, but just don’t have the resources to do so? Now, you will be able to impress them with your improvised stovetop, which can be used to make tons of delicious foods and stay warm, too. This is a great way to get the neighborhood involved, and you will now be able to impress those around you with a new addition to your home. The best part is that you won’t have to spend much in order to make this part of your home unique.