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Rocket Mass Heaters: Superefficient, ultra low emmission wood fired heaters you can build for yourself in a weekend for less than a hundred dollars.

Rocket Mass Heaters: Superefficient, ultra low emmission wood fired heaters you can build for yourself in a weekend for less than a hundred dollars.


Rocket Mass Heaters – Super Efficient Woodstoves You Can Build
“Here is a superefficient wood fired heater you can build for yourself in a weekend for less than a hundred dollars. This book explains in detail exactly how to build one, then how to use it in a range of applications.

We discuss materials: where to find them, what to pay and how to make use of found and recycled parts. The section on fire and fuels is thorough but simple; we tried to keep away from numbers wherever possible.

There are success stories, case studies, references and where to find further information, all heavily illustrated. Home heating can be expensive both in capital equipment and in running costs. If we heat by gas, oil or electricity we are supporting a big corporation and impoverishing ourselves.
Superefficient, ultra low emmission wood fired heaters you can build for yourself in a weekend for less than a hundred dollars.
By building an extra efficient heating system you will be one more big step off the treadmill and your move to self-sufficiency and true wealth. Good luck with your stove!”
—From the Introduction by Ianto Evans

Publisher’s Review
“This little book is about a revolutionary concept in wood burning stoves that ensures almost completely clean combustion with high efficiency use of the heat produced. Rocket Stoves are still experimental in that probably fewer than a hundred were in regular use by early 2004, but some have performed well, daily, for more than a decade.

They save a lot of fuel, and completely rearrange our concepts of house heating, of wood burning, and of dependency on coal, oil, hydro or nuclear power for our comfort. Rocket Stoves can be built at home by relatively unskilled people. Rocket Stoves are the ultimate in efficiency, reducing wood to carbon dioxide and water vapor, with a little ash. Coupled with heat storage in a cob bench bed or floor they provide gentle heat for up to two days without an all night smoldering fire that poisons the neighbors and heats mainly the sky. They are quite safe for small children as there are no dangerously hot surfaces.

Rocket stoves work by burning wood in a completely new way then providing almost all their heat for cooking, toasting, baking, or heating water or people. They keep you snug. Previously unskilled people can build them of local and recycled materials at almost no cost. Rocket Stoves incorporate the heat storage of a $10,000 mass stove, the convenience of a woodfired cookstove, the efficiency of a pellet furnace and limitless flexibility in design, all without moving parts, fans or motors. Here, for the first time, is published the story of the Rocket Stove, with theories and detailed descriptions and illustrations of how we and some of our friends have built successful models.”

Rocket Mass Heaters – Super Efficient Woodstoves You Can Build
Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson, Cob Cottage Company. 2006. 7×10, 100 pages. ISBN 0-9663738-3-9. $18.00
Available from: Oasis Design
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One Response to “Rocket Mass Heaters”

  1. Michael says:

    permies.com has a great page about rocket stove mass heaters, not to mention a forum about woodstoves that focuses on RSMH’s that has quite a bit of activity on it.

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