flametower compact rocket stove

Cone of Flame: FireTower Builds Collapsible Rocket Stove

The FireTower folds down to the size of a small book and uses twigs for fuel. The eye-catching compact rocket stove grabbed our attention on Kickstarter.

The FireTower rocket stove commands one very important marketing principle: It holds your gaze. For humans, that’s always been true about fire. But the collapsible stove sets it off nicely with its steep, glinting pyramid profile and various openings that belie the internal glow (including the gaps in the hinges on the corners).

It all folds down and stashes in a case the size of a field guide, and it runs on biofuel — that is, sticks and leaves.

flametower rocket stove

Built by Arnaud Desseyn, a Belgian product designer and outdoor enthusiast, the camp stove seeks funding now through October. It styles itself as being lower impact and less complicated than other rocket stoves on the market.

Rudiments as Principles: FireTower Basics

For us, simplicity is the key to the FireTower’s appeal. The shapes stand out artistically but not distractingly, directing attention toward its function.

That function is the elemental human experience of fire: burning sticks to make light and heat. The angled hopper makes short work of it, and the geometry focuses it toward a central point.

flametower compact rocket stove

The FireTower requires no batteries, fans, etc., and it sits on its own ashtray for safety and self-containment. It bypasses fuel canisters, containing its own ash, and skimping on raw materials.

The current Kickstarter campaign, if successful, will fund a stainless steel production version. The company will also make a lightweight titanium version, but only if the campaign clears €100,000 ($117,280).

Both variants will be significantly lighter than most rocket stoves, but some, like the existing and cheekily named Hot Ash, compete in weight.

However, FireTower appears to have cornered the market (so to speak) with its collapsible concept.

firetower compact rocket stove

Compact Rocket Stove Funding Status, Pricing, and Specs

At the time of writing, funding climbed above $16,000 with 41 days to go. Pledge reward packages start at $69. If the campaign makes it to its $41,500 reserve goal, delivery will begin in April 2022.

Check out FireTower demo videos and more on Kickstarter. The full specs are below.

firetower compact rocket stove

Stainless Steel

Material: 304 stainless steel
Weight: 1.65 lb.
Dimensions (assembled): 8” x 6.7” x 4”
Dimensions (packed): 8.5” x 5” x 0.8”

Titanium

Material: Titanium
Weight: 0.66 lb.

Dimensions (assembled): 8” x 6.7” x 4”
Dimensions (packed): 8.5” x 5” x 0.8”

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Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.