Jon and Flip Anderson have been working with stoves and ovens for some years now (HPP regulars may remember their rocket powered oven design.) Last February, they helped teach at the Winter Stove Workshop put on by Aprovecho and InStove. Aprovecho Research Center (ARC) was consulting for Mercy Corps in East Timor, who had sent their Program Manager for Renewable Energy, Will Baron, who has responsibility for all programming related to energy, poverty, lighting, electricity, appropriate cooking technology and sustainable cooking fuels.
Mercy Corps’ East Timorese stove program imports stove components from China and trains locals to make and sell completed stoves as a business opportunity, and as a way to improve health and air quality and reduce deforestation. But the stoves were more expensive than most people could pay, heavy, and expensive to transport. So Mercy Corps brought in Jon and Flip as short term consultants to help make needed improvements.
The first challenge was to develop a stove that locals could make — and fire — into a more durable, better insulated (and thus more fuel efficient) stove that wouldn’t fall apart while being trucked over bad roads. The second challenge was to design a prototype institutional stove that could also be produced locally from local materials. The first request required building a kiln to fire stove parts, and this is what we’re sharing with you here: a two burner rocket-powered kiln capable of reaching 1,000Â° Celsius — and made of local clay, sawdust, and wood ash!
Here is Jon and Flip’s wonderful slideshow on the building and firing of their rocket-powered kiln, complete w/very detailed construction sequences:
The project was under the auspices of Mercy Corps, but the links I had no longer seem to be working! (If you find ones that work, let me know!)
wow, I did not expect a reply as the last comment was ‘donkey’s years’ ago. Thank you so very much for responding. I was wanting my husband, kids and I to build one of these in the backyard so that we could try cooking outside, but more importantly I wanted to make Ollas as they are too expensive to buy. I thought it would be very cool for a family project. A grownups reason for making mud pies:) . Thank you again. Regards, Mary
Kiko Denzer says
well, I may be falling behind on website management, but I do try to respond to real humans! And now I’ll post new links, which come to you courtesy of John and Flip, as follows: https://goo.gl/photos/Nuoe3U14uWchSSmn7 and https://goo.gl/photos/F8Z1zHrf9xrV7ReQA. Good luck! And send pix/stories. (Or if you’re on instagram, please do tag or notify me! @kikodenzer and/or @earth.oven)
Hi, could you please post a new link regarding the slideshow of how to make the kiln? Thank you. Regards Mary
Kiko Denzer says
I’ll work on it, but no promises. The web is not an archive (despite the efforts of the good folk at the wayback machine).
James Wood says
The link to the slide show is not working.
oh crapola, Sarah ..Yeah soitemmes it really IS hard to say it’s just dirt , isn’t it ..I can imagine you felt felt just like I did at GiG a big fat kick in the chest ..Say when you bisque those pieces .can you send me one? I really think I could use one for inspiration!!!! Because SOMEDAY I’m really gonna carry out that design we discussed ..and having a bigass paw of yours to stare at would be rockin’!BTW ..I’m REALLY sorry that dog didn’t make it probably some sort of secret defect somewhere that you didn’t know about so it kamikazeed.
Glynis Thomas says
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for this post and information. Loads of detail and something I have been considering and researching. I hope within the next year to put everything I have read/learned together and build something similar. I will make sure I take as many photographs and notes as Jon in the attached link above and likewise share them. Then it will be onto building Cabin Stove 2.0 once details are available. Cheers, Glynis
JIMMY CALLAWAY says
I NEED TO MAKE A SMALL POTTERY OR CLAY KILN. COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO MAKE A SMALL WOOD BURNING KILN. I TRULY WOULD APPRECIATE IT. THE COWBOY PREACHER.
Kiko Denzer says
It is possible to fire clay in a campfire or a woodstove. A kiln is just a fire enclosed in a box of some kind, with a big chimney. The more draft, the higher the heat. But the best I can offer is the page where you made this comment. There is a lot of other information and many stories on the web.