Meet the Horizon rocket stove

Horizon rocket stoveRocket stoves are a big deal in Africa. Not only do they save fuel so there’s less need to buy firewood or walk miles to collect it, they’re also cleaner burning so people aren’t breathing in nasty fumes. Lots of aid agencies are championing them. So what’s that got to do with camping and outdoor cooking here in the UK?


We’ve come across five or six companies who are making rocket stoves for African communities, but by expanding their market to include UK customers they can make more stoves, keep their prices lower and, ultimately, keep them affordable for people in need.

Frontier stove

Fabulous Frontier wood-burning stove.

One of the best is Anevay’s Horizon stove, which is a gasifying rocket stove made in South Africa. We liked Anevay’s Frontier stove (see our review here), and this new piece of kit is good too. They cost around £80 and come with a free bag made of recycled inner tubes.

Horizon rocket stoveThe big selling point is that, because it’s a high efficiency stove, it burns smokeless – no more moving seats every time the wind changes to avoid a face-full of smoke. Another advantage is that the outer cage of the stove stays cool, so you can pick it up and carry it whenever you want.

Anevay say you can see how efficiently it burns by how little wood you use. They claim you can cook a meal on just a small handful of kindling and that it takes just 15 minutes to boil five litres of water with only 250g of wood.

The stove is made of stainless steel and is lightweight, at just under 2kg. Its bag is roomy enough to take a pan and some wood.

Now for the science! Its thermal efficiency is 45 per cent for the large pot on high power (using the SeTAR thermal efficiency test). It has a combustion efficiency of 96.7 per cent and burns off most of the harmful gases before they’re released. Black carbon particles are significantly reduced, which is good for the environment.

Horizon rocket stoveThe winner of our Horizon rocket stove

Congratulations to Darren Browett, who won a stove and its carry bag made from recycled inner tubes.

Darren lives in Coalville in Leicestershire and wrote: “I’ve been looking for a clean and efficient wood burning stove to use when camping in my belltent and saw one of these Horizon rocket stoves in use this weekend at Elvaston Castle Wood Fair. I was seriously impressed by how quickly the stove was able to be used for cooking from when first lit and also by how little smoke was produced, as nobody enjoys having clothes that smell like a bonfire for days! With the added eco benefits, this stove looks like a winner.”

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Shakshuka poached eggs in tomato sauce…and make a delicious shakshuka

Here’s a super-easy recipe that you can make in just one pot on your rocket stove. Using one pan means no lugging around heavy equipment if you’re camping and less washing up, so you can spend more time running wild in the woods or sitting back with a glass of wine!


Shakshuka is a North African and Israeli dish made up of eggs poached in a gorgeous tomato sauce with chunky vegetables. It’s traditionally eaten for breakfast, and makes the perfect warming meal to fuel you up for a day of outdoor activities. In this recipe, we’ve added chunks of sausage to make it a bit more substantial for dinnertime, but feel free to play around with the ingredients depending on your tastes and what you have available.

This recipe works best with a Dutch oven or shallow pan with a lid, but if you don’t have one you can just make a quick lid out of tinfoil or put a plate over the top.

We recommend serving with big chunks of crusty bread – perfect for mopping up every last bit of that gorgeous sauce! With a dollop of yoghurt or crème fraîche on top and a sprinkling of your favourite herbs, this dish is guaranteed to impress!


  • 1 pack sausages (or veggie sausages)
  • 2 onions
  • 2 red peppers
  • 200g mushrooms
  • 400g can tinned tomatoes
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • Generous pinch of brown sugar (you can use honey or any other sweetener)
  • Yoghurt, crème fraîche, or chopped herbs to serve
  1. First get your stove going. It should only take around five minutes to get the fire ready.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of the oil and fry your sausages. When browned, remove from the pan, cut into chunks and set aside.
  3. Heat the other tablespoon of oil and add the garlic and onions. Fry for a few minutes, until the onions start to soften.
  4. Add your mushrooms and peppers. Cook until the veg starts to soften, around five minutes.
  5. Add the can of tomatoes. Stir in the cumin, paprika and brown sugar. Add the sausage chunks.
  6. Simmer your sauce for five minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. When the sauce has thickened, make four indents in the sauce and crack an egg into each one. Cover and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the whites of the eggs have set. If your stove is very hot, you might want to remove the pan from the heat after five minutes (keep the lid on) – the eggs will poach in the steam.
  8. Using a big spoon, serve into four bowls. Add any toppings you like – yoghurt or nuts and seeds work well, as do any of your favourite herbs. We like coriander or parsley.

Ta-da…sunshine in a bowl!

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  1. A cook stove without a chimney does not make sense to me. How many days in the year is it comfortable to cook and eat outside here in Alberta. I use a tin can rocket stove mounted on a chimney that is the center pole for my tarp shelter which is pitched with all sides tight to the ground. Stove and chimney weigh 1.5 lbs.

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  3. Love the look of the Anevay stove. Hoping to sneak in at just after midnight for the comp please!

  4. Efficient, smokeless, economical to run – what’s not to like?!

  5. I love the idea of spreading awareness of the stove and in turn helping them sell more in the UK to keep the prices low for those who need them rather than just like them <3 fabulous

  6. This would be great for camping trips. The price of methylated spirits has become ridiculous so the idea of easy cooking with a small amount of wood is very appealing

  7. I love the idea of a smokeless stove.


    wonderful and very useful

  9. Not getting a face full of smoke sounds great, especially with 4 kids. Also the quick cooking time, the safety factor of the outside staying cool and it’s environmentally friendly. It sounds wonderful.

  10. Amazing tool for our camping trips.

  11. This is wonderful, will take all the stress away when deciding how much fuel to carry around. Great that it will working less developed nations, and will be a boon in disaster relief.

  12. Andrew Halliwell

    Looks much better than my old camping gaz stove. Always nice to eat food cooked outdoors.

  13. I love cooking when camping. This is so much better than a gas stove. It is great that it is efficient and environmentally friendly.

  14. I have been looking for a clean and efficient wood burning stove to use when camping in my belltent and saw one of these Horizon rocket stoves in use this weekend at Elvaston Castle Wood Fair and I was seriously impressed by how quickly the stove was able to be used for cooking from when first lit and also by how little smoke was produced, as nobody enjoys having clothes that smell like a bonfire for days! With the added eco benefits this stove looks like a winner.

  15. Love the stove, not only a brilliant product but one that has its developmental roots in caring both for the environment and people. Embodies the ideas and ethos that many campers hold dear.

  16. this would be a great tool, not just for camping but for in the garden, would love to give it a try

  17. Elizabeth Smith

    After burning my hand moving another style of stove I think this one sounds wonderful

  18. Hello there, I would LOVE to win a Horizon rocket stove because manufacturing enhanced DIY stoves (wood burners, fuel burners, multi-fuel stoves) is one of my hobbies (i.e. on an entirely non-commercial basis — occasionaly I use them as gifts for friends and family)! Starting in early 2013, I’ve hand-built roughly 20 stoves and cookers until today, and I’m VERY interested in expanding my skills (I’m still learning) towards rocket stoves. Plus, ever since I started constructing stoves, I use them on a regular basis, indoors (alcohol burners) and outdoors (wood and charcoal burners alike).

    Best regards from Frankfurt-am-Main, — frank

  19. I want to feel wild and alive with this GREAT kit ! I would take it camping , to the beach and use it in the garden , it is fabulous and i’m sure food cooked on it tastes GREAT.

  20. So many trails to be had, so many meals to make, and so many camp-side fires needed to keep the spirits up.
    This would be the ideal companion.

  21. luisa de gregorio

    My partner is a shepherd. He is out in all weathers and at all times of the day and night. THis would be ideal to set up at his barn so he could at least get a hot meal once in a lambing season. PLUS……..I love it!

  22. I would simply add to this a cast iron skillet and some bacon. You can not beat the smell and taste of mouth watering bacon cooked outdoors on an open wood fire, and with this you can do it without the eye watering smoke.

  23. Samantha Atherton

    It would be great because it would mean i could cook up a tasty super where ever our adventure take us.

  24. I have PTSD and don’t get out of the house much, my only pleasure time out is when I’m having a camp fire on the beach. How I would LOVE this piece of kit, I’d definately get out more often!

  25. Wow, awesome bit of kit for any camper.

  26. with agreat reputation behind it, and the promise of great cooking ahead, I can enjoy more of the camping experience knowing I`ve something so portable, lightweight and most importantly up to the job of allowing me to create a hearty meal simply and efficiently. Looks good too!

  27. Owning a Horizon rocket stove would mean that, with every meal I cooked, I could take pleasure in thinking of the families in South Africa who are cooking their meals more safely and economically, thanks to this clever little stove.

  28. I love the idea of having a portable lightweight stove to use whilst camping, which is so efficient it only needs a small amount of wood, burns smokeless and you don’t need to wait for it to cool down before picking it up and moving off.

  29. A very compact, robust, light, fuel efficient stove with added colour, what more could a man ask for? Fast, stable, smoke free and portable with its own carry bag made of durable rubber. What more could a man ask for? Carbon neutral, universal fuel available worldwide, small enough for one and big enough for a family to cook on. What more could a man ask for?
    To have FOC!
    thank you

  30. It would be great to have to cook meals quickly before it rains, or to be able to use and not have to worry about wind etc. when camping in the UK.

  31. My son and I are stuck with expensive economy 7 daytime electricity, this would enable us to cook hot meals quickly and cheaply in the garden, whilst also having quality fun time together

  32. This stove lends itself ideal for wilderness canoeing. The fuel being in abundance means more tasty and satisfying meals can be cooked these being a hell of a lot better for the soul than the quick boil in the bag mixtures some claim to be food. Furthermore boiling water for purification purposes would be a breeze with this stove with the odd cuppa thrown in for good measure. The efficiency and the economy of this stove also means there is considerably less impact on the environment and for an extra bonus point a lot easier on the eyes and lungs of the paddlers huddled out of the weather and under a tarp, but still giving the campfire comradery that can only be achieved by collecting, preparing and burning wood.
    Its not a lightweight stove at around the thee kilos mark but for canoe camping the benefits still out weigh the weight by far.

  33. what an awesome looking piece of kit this would make an excellent breakfast.

  34. Dave Whittaker

    Great design, sustainable and more fun than a gas stove!

  35. Brilliant for camping as it has no smoke.

  36. It a great idea. It is so safe with no horrible fumes to contend with.

  37. Paula Readings

    Its eco friendly, which is good to hear. its little & lightweight. great for camping & days out hiking.

  38. Definitely the reduced carbon and less impact to the environment, by burning clean and having to burn less wood 🙂

  39. Alexandra Blue

    the big plus is that you can use a renewable heat source – I dislike using natural gas or petrol when I’m camping, but have little choice tat the moment, this would be a great alternative. I have huge quantities of cleared wood from the garden so fuel would be free as well as more environmentally friendly.

  40. very useful to have indeed, with no smoke

  41. Brillant for the camping weekends over the winter months and a must have need for making the Shakshuka as I already have the pan!

  42. after reading your description what’s not to like but it would be brilliant to leave in the caravan instead of cleaning and loading the big bq every time we go out

  43. what’s not to like

  44. My lovely wife has all the best outdoor gadgets. Stoves (dutch and Frontier), fire pit, Swedish hand crafted axes, and a kelly kettle. I’ve just an old tarp and my swiss army knife and a serious case of cool gear envy. I need that stove!

  45. Clean, efficient and easy to transport. Whats not to like?

  46. Efficient clean burning of (almost!) free fuel; what’s not to like?

  47. Fran Newman Ford

    This looks fab. Small and portable. Much better than a portable BBQ as it’s smokeless so you don’t end up stinking for the rest of the day!!

  48. What a great piece of equipment to have. It could be used in a whole host of situations, Camping, picnics, on the beach, in the garden or as an emergency cooker. Small enough to be kept permanently in a vehicle. would like one in the back of my car.

  49. It would be brilliant for family camping

  50. Great for the environment, fun finding wood to burn, and yummy for our tummy, English breakfast in flash while camping in country.

  51. I love the fact that it’s smokeless, I usually end up looking like a panda with tears running down my face from smoke! I like the thought of being able to pick it up by the outer cage, if we want to move and with my lot, we could be moving a lot. Somebody always manages to find a better spot, we rarely end up in the place we started out at!

  52. Great portability and practicality, -would encourage the cooking of fabulous healthy meals whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

  53. This looks ideal for the festival season where long walks from drop off points carrying enough of everything, now we can BBQ as well and not smoke out neighbours

  54. Andrew Halliwell

    Love outdoor cooking, it tastes so much better in the fresh air. And my old camping gaz stove is very old now, must’ve had it for 30 years. At least.

  55. It would be great to have the Horizon stove, I would never have to lug the gas bottle to the car boot again, would never run out go gas again and could have lashings of hot water whenever I wanted.

  56. This would be great to take on the motorbike. Already in love with its big brother, the Frontier stove, which we use when out with our 30yr-old campervan, but definitely need this one for the motorbiketrips.

  57. Stephen Fowler

    The Horizon rocket stove would be a good piece of kit to have because a member of my family owns a very remote plot of land in France and when the family gather there to camp, a rocket stove would be the ideal cooking appliance whilst living out there in the middle of nowhere 🙂

  58. We love to cook on the campfire rather than a gas stove especially when using a dutch oven. The Horizon Rocket Stove would give us an effective, efficient way of using wood to cookeven on sites where campfires are not allowed.The stove would mean that cooking our favourite recipes from Campfire Magazine

  59. Kathryn Davies

    Great to have fun while helping somebody else!

  60. janet humphrey

    Nothing worse than getting a faceful of smoke from an inefficient cooker, this looks like a great idea and a great aid to a successful camping trip

  61. Kevin Minihane

    Fantastic way of cooking. Without the hassle of smoking yourself

  62. There is NOTHING better than the taste of a good stew after you’ ve been walking in the woods for a day except for the taste of a good stew with that great wood-smoke tinge to it! This stove would be a very portable, safe way to make that happen – and it would be really nifty to have one to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse we all know is going to happen one day!

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