How to Make a Clay Rocket Stove – DIY Mud Play Activity

Do your kids enjoy playing with mud? Then try this DIY Clay Rocket Stove Project with them and teach your kids about fire!

With help of two old alluminium cans you can make your own popcorn or chocolate delights.

Let’s find out more.

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How to Make a Clay Rocket Stove

The name is as exciting as the product, rocket stove!

Rocket stoves are an excellent way to teach children about fire, energy, and survival skills.

A rocket stove is different from other stoves as it uses less wood. Using less wood means reducing the smoke and harmful emissions going into the atmosphere. Most importantly, more trees are kept in the forest! 


It makes good eco-sense too.

Now you don’t need expensive materials to make rocket stoves.

Ingredients are simple:

Materials

  • clay soil
  • sand
  • water
  • small wooden plank to hold the stove whilst drying
  • two aluminium cans

Instruction

These step by step instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this fun DIY clay rocket stove. Please scroll down to simply print out the instructions!

Step 1: Mix your own clay

Add water to the clay. Feel the texture. The mixture must have at least 20% clay.

If the clay is too stiff, add a small portion of sand. Keep adding sand and mixing until the clay mixture is malleable and easy to mould. If the mixture is too difficult for children to mix be hand, why not try mixing with feet.

Option: If you do not have access to clay and sand, you can purchase fire-clay from hardware stores.

Here the short video how the kids mixed the clay with their feet: https://youtu.be/MybsG9hrF74

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Step 2: Make the clay foundation

Place a handful of clay mixture onto the wooden square. Mould the clay into a round base of approximately 2-3 cm.

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Step 3: Position the cans

Position an aluminium can so it sits vertically on the clay base. Then position the other aluminium can horizontally.

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Step 4: Secure your mud stove design

Securing the cans in position, use clay to mould around the cans. Keep moulding until the cans are enclosed.

Step 5: Make Ridges

Make little ridges at the top of the rocket stove to support a pot as shown on the picture above.

Step 6: Start Cooking

Once the clay has started to dry, gently remove the cans. Remove the wooden base from the rocket stove.

Now it’s time to experiment!

You can start a small fire from the top of the stove. Once the fire has begun, you can start feeding the rocket stove from the horizontal opening.

Please be advised that this activity is for children age 8+ under supervision!

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Children experimenting with their rocket stove in Brazil, making chocolate delights!

Did your kids enjoy this outdoor mud kitchen project? Then try one of our other fun hands-on activities for kids. How about our DIY Foil Stream or our Paint Filled Egg Art Project. The kids will love them!

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How to Make a Clay Rocket Stove

diy clay rocket stove design

How to Make a Clay Rocket Stove

Please be advised that this activity

Materials

  • clay soil
  • sand
  • water
  • small wooden plank to hold the stove whilst drying
  • two aluminium cans

Instructions

  1. Add water to the clay. Feel the texture. The mixture must have at least 20% clay.
  2. Place a handful of clay mixture onto the wooden square. Mold the clay into a round base of approximately 2-3 cm
  3. Position an aluminum can so it sits vertically on the clay base. Then position the other aluminum can horizontally.
  4. Securing the cans in position, use clay to mold around the cans. Keep molding until the cans are enclosed.
  5. Make little ridges at the top of the rocket stove to support a pot as shown on the picture above.
  6. Once the clay has started to dry, gently remove the cans. Remove the wooden base from the rocket stove.

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