A rocket stove uses a j shaped fire tube to efficiently convert solid biomass fuel (wood, biomass briquettes, etc.) into heat, with minimal emissions. A rocket heater adds an insulated heat riser, and a radiator, as well as a thermal mass for slowly radiating heat into the surrounding area. A inexpensive unit can be made from cans, or thermal mass units with concrete, brick or cob.
Hermon Heater Plans
All-Brick Rocket Mass Heater. Walls are 4.5″ thick. Wood box / air intake opens @ 4.5″ by 9″, same for burn tube, heat riser & initial exhaust. 10 Bricks per layer in the heater, 16 layers high. Around 180 brick in this heater. One bag of masonry heater mortar. Absorbs lots of heat and gives it out for hours after heater shut down. Cad drawings done with Google Sketchup. Electronic delivery $40.
Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rocketmass for discussion of Rocket Mass Heaters and Rocket Stoves.
Want an extremely efficient, clean burning wood stove? Check out the Rocket Mass Heater by Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson! A house that burns 7 cord of wood a season can burn just 2/3 of a cord with this style heater, as it burns cleaner, extracts more heat from the “chimney” without creosote build up (no chimney fires), and stores the heat in a thermal mass for gentle long term radiant heat, so the fire doesn’t have to be fed constantly. The best part? You build it yourself, and it’s very inexpensive. Learn more from the $13 eBook at http://www.rocketstoves.com/. We bought it, read it, and are starting on our stove. We recommend it.
The folks at Stove Team International are building healthier, more efficient cookstoves for 3rd world (developing) nations. These stoves are built upon the proven rocket stove principle, which combines clean burning with fuel efficiency. Here is their story, and you can see how their stove is built on their YouTube channel. Please support their humanitarian work!
I fired up the rocket stove and took some pics. Enjoy! We have these available, delivered, for $99 in the lower 48 states. Discuss these stoves at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/m1941/, and see the videos at http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=C5513B49DCBA3830.
The 24v AIR-X arrived today, and the Whisper 500 watt unit arrived last week. The Whisper was donated by Jim Juczak of woodhenge.org. Allan Smith, the creator of the Rocket Mass Heater came for supper, and we discussed his design, and alternative implementations. We will be building one of these soon. A ebook of the heater with video and Sketchup diagrams will be available from us shortly, as well as one with the wind turbine setup and installation. He has also added a couple more video’s on startup of the heater, and heat circulation. The manual wood splitter mentioned in the video’s is found at Bailey’s Online.
A Biomass Briquette is a compressed brick made of agricultural waste, used for heating and cooking. It is very efficient, renewable, and carbon neutral. Common materials are sawdust, charcoal, grasses, and other biological materials. The following links will describe the process, and how to build your own press.
A rocket stove is a efficient way to use them. There are many youtube video’s on rocket heaters, and we have plans at http://www.green-trust.org/products/
The residents of the town of West Lincoln, Ont. are reporting a variety of stress related illnesses they attribute to a wind farm nearby.
“‘It’s too late, two years too late,’ said Helen Kzan … ‘I’ve been to the doctor. They told me to move. My stress level has skyrocketed. My physician told me my stress will kill me before the wind turbines.”
Many people attribute these illnesses to the reported sounds, vibrations, and light patterns made by the moving blades. What’s wrong with this picture?
The wind farm hasn’t been built yet.
These people are reacting to the anti-wind advocacy groups reports on what they think will happen. It’s not wind turbines that make you sick, it’s listening to the lies and made up statistics of the anti-wind groups. It’s their own fears that are making them sick, and the anti’s are creating self fulfilling prophecy.
I’m sitting here enjoying a great cup of organic coffee, dripped to perfection, but no coffee maker in sight. It’s called Dr. Drip, and it let’s me enjoy a cup of coffee, packaged in a biodegradable (no plastic) package, without needing a coffee maker or electricity to make it. This is not instant coffee! I heated the water on my rocket stove with a few twigs, and 2 minutes later, a great cup of coffee. Can you tell I’m excited about this? You bet I am! I love coffee, and with no landfill waste, I can put all the remains into my composter for the benefit of my garden.