Earlier this year while I attended the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo, put on by the Utah State University Extension programs. While there, I had to look at many new developments in new preparedness products. One thing that particularly drew my attention was the Survivor Rocket Stove made by Silverfire. Now I have encounter Silverfore’s product in the past and have found them to be excellent. Here is a review I did of The SilverFire Scout Biomass Stove is very Efficient
Todd Albi the owner of Silverfire has several different cooking and heating products on the market. I have not had the chance to test them all, but I bought one of the Survivor Rocket stoves and have spent some time playing with it.
The stove is stainless steel and well made. It measures about 12.5 tall by 9.5 wide without the tray for inserting the kindling. It is fairly heavy, which I consider to be good. It can hold an 8-quart Dutch oven or a large frying pan without wobbling
There is a bit of a learning curve, when you first start using it. But once you get used to it, the stove will put out a constant heat with attention every 5-10 minutes. When you first light it, start the fire with very dry small wood and shredded paper or a fire starter.
I learned you have to use the proper sized wood for the job at hand. If you want to boil water fast, start with some small sticks then increase in size. If you want to simmer, let the big pieces turn to coals then add small sticks as needed to keep the heat up.
If you overload the combustion chamber it will choke off the air flow and generate smoke. So feed the stove slow and steady. Use dry material; it will burn just about any type of biomass, sticks, pine cones, dry grass or brush. There will only be a small amount of white ash left over, and you just have to turn the stove over and it falls out.
I am very pleased with my decision to get a Survivor Rocket Stove. It works much better than the ones I have had in the past. I recommend it, with one condition, you have to use it to learn how it functions best, prior to really needing it.