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9 Best Rocket Stoves for Survival & Prepping [Guide]

Have you ever wanted to go camping or backpacking without having to worry about bringing canisters of fuel for your stove?

Have you been on the lookout for off-grid means of cooking provided there’s a massive power outage in your area? 

Minuteman Rocket Stove
Rocket stoves are compact and draw plenty of air for a blazing fire!

Enter the rocket stove

In essence, rocket stoves are a metal version of a Dakota fire hole. They are incredibly efficient, require minimal fuel, and produce very little smoke whatsoever.

It’s because of all these benefits that they’ve gained in popularity over the past few years.

As a result, rocket stoves have begun to flood the market from all over. However, not all rocket stoves are created equal, and consequently, choosing the proper one for you can be slightly confusing. 

How a rocket stove works
The airflow of a rocket stove lets it get really hot, really fast!

Thankfully, we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you, having narrowed down the options to what we deem to be the nine best rocket stoves on the market.

Take a look, and I think you’ll find what you’re searching for. 

Best Rocket Stoves

1. Minuteman Rocket Stove

This was an easy choice for me, and quite simply, I don’t believe this one can be beat.

The Minuteman is a .50 cal ammo can that has been repurposed as a rocket stove, something which it does an absolutely fantastic job of doing. 

Minuteman Rocket Stove
Minuteman Rocket Stove

Aside from cooking food and making coffee with ease, the Minuteman is tough as nails, and incredibly portable as well.

I can easily load it up with twigs, leaves, tinder, and a fire striker and then stick it in the cab of my truck and forget about it.

Minuteman Rocket Stove
I pack mine full of fuel ahead of time

Should I end up at a tailgate, needing to cook a meal on the road, or in some type of power outage situation, I then easily have a means of cooking my food right at my fingertips all ready to go. 

Personally, I consider this a whole part of the purpose of a rocket stove – having some means of off-grid cooking.

Considering that thunderstorms are a significant reason why we even end up with power outages where I live, it makes sense to have some means of dry tinder at the ready. So, I can cook dinner even if it is raining outside.

The Minuteman helps me to fulfill this responsibility wonderfully. 

Minuteman Rocket Stove
Read to get cookin’!

To add even further benefit to this fantastic stove, it’s made here in the beautiful South in North Carolina!

What’s not to love? 

200
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Minuteman K Stove

I admit, I’m a sucker for Minuteman products, including the K Stove. The primary reason for that love is that I tend to detest fragile backpacking/camping products.

In my experience, such items only break when you need them the most. If you’ve ever been 30 miles into the woods when a tent pole breaks, you know what I mean. 

MinuteMan K Stove
Minuteman K Stove

As such, anything built like a tank garners my support.

While this most certainly is not a rocket stove you’re going to be taking with you on foot (it’s too heavy for such), this would be a fantastic stove to keep in your trunk for camping trips, or in your basement as a backup source of cooking. 

I’ve found that the extra air vent within this design helps get your fire started a lot quicker. I’ve been able to cook some rather massive blueberry cobblers on this thing due to the wide cooktop as well.

This is an excellent choice if you need a backup form of cooking for a lot of people.

240
at Minuteman Provision Company

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

3. Hot Ash Mini Stove

If you’re looking for a rocket stove for backpacking, the Hot Ash Mini Stove is what you want.

I’ve long detested having to carry two canisters of fuel with me out into the woods as well as a stove to boot.

If you’re in the woods, why not use the fuel that’s all around you instead of carrying it about?

Weight truly does matter when you’re backpacking, something that the Hot Ash Mini Stove has no problem with, seeing that it comes in at all of a pound.

Hot Ash Mini
Hot Ash Mini

It comes with a lifetime guarantee from Hot Ash as well. So should you ever end up damaging it while you’re out in the bush, you have the confidence that all will be well once you contact their customer service department. 

It is important to note that due to its size, the Mini Stove will take a lot longer to heat up larger meals.

But provided you’re using smaller backpacking pots and cooking your food in sessions, that’s not something you really have to worry about. 

Hot Ash Mini with a camp cup
Perfectly sized for solo campers!

When you’re done with it, the whole package folds up into this little box structure that you can easily stuff into the side pocket of a backpack. 

55
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

4. Bruntmor Camping Rocket Stove

As I mentioned before, I’m a sucker for gear that’s sturdy.

The Bruntmor fits that description perfectly.

When I think of the term rocket stove it’s an image like this that pops into my head.

Bruntmor Rocket Stove
Bruntmor Rocket Stove

Again though, this sturdiness comes at a cost, and in this case, it’s portability.

This isn’t something that you’re going to be able to just stuff into a BOB and go. But rather, it’s a stove that you’re going to want to either keep in your house or in your vehicle. Just in case. 

Whatever your intentions, this rocket stove will have no problem whatsoever putting out some serious heat to cook whatever you throw its way.

Bad Bruntmor photoshop
Also their site’s product photos are just… top notch.

It is made and shipped over from China though, so shipping speeds may be an issue for where you live.  

100
at Bruntmor

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

5. EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove

It wouldn’t be right to have a list of the nine best rocket stoves on the market and not include the incredibly popular EcoZoom Versa.

EcoZoom Versa Stove
EcoZoom Versa Stove

EcoZoom has a huge following within the camping world and does a lot of humanitarian aid work overseas with their rocket stoves as well.

That may be all the convincing you need to take a harder look at their products. 

The EcoZoom Versa is easily one of the most efficient rocket stoves on the market as well. So, if fuel consumption is something you’re worried about (perhaps you’re not sure how much access you’ll have to proper fuel) then that’s a big plus.

EcoZoom Versa Stove (Emergency Essentials)
Camp food gone gourmet!

This efficiency is in part granted by the two doors that can be opened within the EcoZoom Versa.

One will always stay open as you feed fuel into it.

The other however can help to adjust the flame and temperature of the stove, allowing you to cook your food without burning it. 

130
at Sportsman's Warehouse

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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6. Marsh Kettles Camping Survivalist Prepper Flat Pack Mini Rocket Stove

The name of this thing is bigger than the stove itself.

This is what happens when you put somebody solely interested in search engine optimization in charge of naming your product.

Marsh Kettles Camping Survivalist Prepper Flat Pack Mini Rocket Stove assembled
Marsh Kettles Camping Survivalist Prepper Flat Pack Mini Rocket Stove

The Flat Pack Mini stove has a wee bit of an arts and crafts vibe to it, but if you’re looking for a rocket stove that you can easily break down and shove into a BOB, then this may be the stove for you.

It packs down completely flat, and though it comes in at 6-pounds (heavy for a backpacking stove), you may be able to atone for the weight if you’re in a situation where refueling a regular backpacking stove is unfeasible (e.g. you’re stuck in the woods for a month).

Marsh Kettles Camping Survivalist Prepper Flat Pack Mini Rocket Stove parts
All the pieces when broken down!

One potential pitfall of this product though is that it’s not stainless steel.

As such, you really need to ensure that this thing is kept dry or you’re going to end up with a slowly eroding stove.

Provided you’re cleaning it off as soon as possible after cooking with it and keeping it secured in the inside of your bag while on the trail, you’ll be able to minimize the risk of such drastically. 

80
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

7. SHTF and Go Bullet-Proof Rocket Stove

The main thing that I like about the Bullet-Proof Rocket Stove is the cant of the fuel hole.

This means that you don’t have to constantly feed sticks into the fire by pushing them.

Bullet-Proof 50 BMG Rocket Stove (TAG Level)
Bullet-Proof 50 BMG Rocket Stove (TAG Level)

They’ll automatically fall into the flames as they burn down. Not that this is that huge of an issue to begin with, but it is one less thing to worry about.

The size of this thing means it’s better served by being a unit you keep in an RV or basement — it would take up a lot of room in a trunk.

One feature with this stove that others lack, is that it can actually be used as a tent stove, provided you have a chimney attached to it.

Bullet-Proof 50 BMG Rocket Stove with chimney (TAG Level)
Bullet-Proof Stove equipped with a chimney (TAG Level)

It accepts standard 3-inch venting pipe which is easily found at just about every other home improvement and farm store you visit. So, finding such wouldn’t be an issue.

If you’re interested in deep country cold weather tent camping, this may be the stove for you. 

189
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

8. Rocket King Stainless Steel Wood Burning Camping Stove

Continuing with the trend of names that are larger than the product themselves is the Rocket King.

This design is stainless steel, and packs down flat at a lightweight 2.5-pounds, making this a great design for those who are looking at a BOB option of cooking.

It’s incredibly affordable as well, coming in at just around $70 — not bad for rocket stoves. 

Rocket King stove
Rocket King Stove

The only catch here with this one is that you’re going to need a bigger pot or pan in order to use it.

The top of the chimney is 6-inches wide, meaning that if you have anything smaller than that, it would fall right through the chimney.

If you can find yourself some form of lightweight backpacking skillet/pot combo, then this may be a perfect option for you.

Note: we know the picture is wrong over on Amazon. This is still the official “buy here” link from the Rocket King site, though! 

68
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

9. Rocket King Micro

I really believe that Rocket King deserves two mentions here, as both of these are great BOB rocket stoves that can easily be thrown into a pack and forgotten about until you need them — minimal weight/space hassle.

The Rocket King Micro takes care of the potential issue its big brother has by having a reduced chimney that is only 3.75-inches wide at the top.

This means you no longer have to worry about the size of the pot or pan that you’re carrying. 

Rocket King and Micro Size Comparison
Rocket King and Micro size comparison

This thing weighs all of 1.14-pounds as well.

For a complete stove system, that’s absolutely fantastic. Most of the backpacking stoves that I’ve carried out into the woods with me come in weighing around 5-pounds when it’s all said and done — two canisters of fuel and the stove itself.

I’m always looking for ways to shave weight while I’m backpacking, and the Rocket King Micro would be a fantastic means of doing so. 

And seeing that the price is roughly $50 to be fully set up for cooking in the woods, that’s pretty hard to beat. 

Shut Up & Take My Money

Again, we know the picture is wrong over on Amazon. This is still the official “buy here” link from the Rocket King site, though! 

48
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Conclusion

Apart from space and weight-saving ability that it provides for a backpack, a rocket stove truly is a fantastic way to ensure that you still have the capability to cook your own food should the electricity go down at your house. 

cooking with fire
Maybe uh…. get a little practice in, though.

Considering how cheap you can find one online, it truly is an affordable prep that can help you to provide for both yourself and your family should disaster strike.

Did you agree with our list? Are there other rocket stoves that should have made the cut? Let us know in the comments below! Planning a Bug Out Bag? Check out our Bug Out Bag content checklist!

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    Head Kace

    Another great option is Silver Fire stoves. Have an assortment of stoves that also have chimneys for tents and insulated side walls. If your looking for really fancy and top of the line. Also there small rocket stoves are a game changer for backpacking light and run off the smallest twigs helps alot in a downpour listen for the twigs breaking in the wind grab them cause they are dry and you can still cook.

    April 16, 2021 9:40 am