How To Make a DIY Rocket Stove From a Tree Stump

Campfire cooking isn't as easy as it looks. You've gotta start your fire, get the flames just right, and find a way to set your cookware into the flames so you don't burn your food. This is fine if you've got the time. But if you're trying to keep a low profile, and a Dakota Fire Hole isn't an option, you can use this trick to make your own rocket stove.

The Rocket Stove and Dakota Fire Pit use the same combustion principles to produce a hot flame with very little smoke. You can buy portable versions of this stove to take with you, but why not do it yourself?

How to Make a DIY Rocket Stove

What you'll need:

1. Drill a Hole in the Center of Stump

Use your Scotch Eyed Auger to drill a drill a hole in the center of the stump you want to use. 

If you're going to be starting fires later on, consider collecting some of the shavings to take with you as tinder.

2. Drill an Air Hole

Now you'll want to make an air hole in the side of your stump. The added air flow provides a lot of heat and very little smoke. Again be sure to collect the shavings and put them in your EDC keychain or Altoids tin. Wood shavings are excellent for fire tinder.

3. Prep Your Stove Top and Light Fire

Now it's time to light your stove from the side. As the flame comes up out of the hole, place small sticks inside until you get your desired flame size. Note: Both holes will get bigger the longer your fire stove keeps burning.

Add a few small rocks to your stove top so you have a little bit of space between your cook set and the log.

4. Cook Your Meal

Keep in mind that both your fire hole and air hole will gradually expand the longer you cook.  

You can increase air flow by using your knife to widen the side hole.


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