Homestead ‘Popcorn’ Stove
Fred Erdmann’s rocket stove is a real “found materials” piece. The build begins with a popcorn can that, when filled with sand, gravel, or soil, provides more than enough insulation for full combustion. Erdmann’s rocket stove produces enough heat to boil vegetables or seafood on cold, wet nights at his coastal Washington-state homestead.
Materials: Large metal popcorn can with lid; 6-inch-diameter metal elbow; 6-inch-diameter stove pipe; metal screws or high-heat metal epoxy; grill grate; 3 or 4 legs.
• Cut two 6-inch holes into the popcorn can — 1 in the side for the elbow and 1 in the top for the stove pipe.
• Attach elbow to stove pipe with metal screws or high-heat metal epoxy.
• Fill the can with an insulation material (sand or soil).
• Fasten the lid to the can using metal screws or high-heat metal epoxy.
• Fashion a grill grate to lay across the hole in the lid.
• Cut a strip of metal, wrap the top lid, and fasten to form a wind block. (Optional)