For whatever reason the idea of cooking a meal using free fuel is a really compelling notion to me, especially when the fuel is typically all around you and easy to gather. The type of fuel I’m talking about is biomass!
Biomass is a fancy word for sticks, twigs, pinecones, dried corncobs, pretty much anything that grew from the ground, is dry and the energy can be released from it by igniting it.
In this post I thought I’d quickly show you three stoves that use biomass, all of which I have featured in a video demonstrating how each works on The Tiny House Listings YouTube Channel.
The Silverfire Super Dragon
This stove is a stainless steel stove that uses forced air to control the heat of the biomass being used as fuel. The stove has a small fan mounted to the front and only uses a few watts that pumps air into the burn chamber. The heat from the fuel goes into the pot placed on top and cooks whatever is inside. I purchased one of these stoves last year and use it very often because of how simple, affordable and fun it is to use.
The Silverfire Scout
Another biomass stove from Silverfire, my favorite manufacturer of biomass cooking stoves. This stove is super-portable and can be stowed away taking up hardly no space (2.5″ to be exact). The stove uses a TDUD (top down updraft) technology that in short, makes it burn super-efficienty and the biomass goes through a 2-stage burn process which gasifies it and makes the fuel burn super-effeicient.
Here’s a quick video demonstration I put together for this little stove:
A DIY concrete rocket stove
I run another small YouTube channel called Cook Different that features ideas for cooking things different with an outside-the-box approach. In one of the videos I built a heavy duty rocket stove made from nothing but concrete where its shaped was molded from a 5-gallon bucket and burn chamber was molded from 4″ PVC pipe. If you aren’t familiar with rocket stoves, they work by sucking air in through the bottom where the fuel is and burn very efficiently and none of the heat is wasted allowing you to use a very small amount of fuel. Again, this stove cooks using nothing but simple biomass found almost anywhere on the ground. Weighing in at 70 pounds, this one is definitely intended to be stationery.
Do you enjoy cooking outdoors or have you used biomass stoves in the past? If so, what’s your favorite one?