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Petromax Rocket Stove

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We’re big fans of BioLite, the New York-based startup turning fire into electricity.

What? That’s right, BioLite stoves, as well as being handy for cooking and heating, double as a mains-free power source, for charging lights, phones and tablets via USB. They’re reasonably priced, as well, and if there’s an opportunity to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, we’ll always support it.

Petromax Rocket Stove

‘Made for the outdoor life.’

The Petromax Rocket Stove is one of the pieces of kit that just looks like it belongs outdoors. Solid, with great wooden lifting handles, and a big open space on top for cooking and heating, this stove is one of our favourites. Simply feed wood and other biomass fuel into the Petromax, and using the chimney principle, it’ll heat up quickly and efficiently.

Size and weight
Designed to last a long, long time, the Petromax Rocket Stove is a strong beast, weighing in at 6.5kg. It stands around 33cm tall and around 23cm across, so it’s not huge, but it’s made from steel, iron and wood, so it’s durable enough to withstand regular cooking.

Made from stainless steel, cast iron (door) and wood (handles).

The Petromax is fairly long, which means there’s a lot of room to draw in oxygen to your fuel. That creates a chimney effect, which means heat is generated quickly and efficiently. The cast iron door opens like a regular wood burner, and a tray slides out, so that you don’t have to burn your hands getting wood in there.

Solid wooden handles on the side make it easy and safe to carry the Petromax around, even while stuff is burning inside.

The Petromax Rocket Stove, despite the name, is not intended for petrol. It runs on wood and other biomass.

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Petromax Rocket Stove is a strong beast, weighing in at 6.5kg

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