Cooking with the stove. For free, I was able to get gas stove grates from the local scrap yard to place on top of the stove, and underneath the cooking surface to allow for adequate air flow. With the handful of dried sticks shown, Sandy and I were able to cook a meal of Blackend fish in the cast iron skillet.
One thing I need to add is this is not a coal burning fire! Just the opposite. It is a voracious wood burner, but in very small amounts. It is best to use longer sticks than the ones I used, so as to be able to feed them into the fire. We kept stoking the fire to provide a continual hot fire throughout the cooking process, and when the meal was done we stopped the wood feed. After that, the fire was virtually out in 10 minutes. At no time did the table or sides of the Rocket Stove come even close to warm to the touch. The insulating properties of the volcanic Perlite responded as predicted.
For survivalists, naturalists and those interested in inexpensive sustainable energy tools and resources, the Rocket Stove is a Top 10 innovation in my opinion!