How can one rightly deduct a star when the book in question performs it's intended purpose and confirms to the reader whether its subject is the right solution for them? Any author can tell you that some particular choice solves all the world's problems, but it is less common to find a book which actually tells the reader the downsides of its subject and how to determine whether it suits your particular need and personality or not. In that regard, then, this book certainly succeeds. It tells the reader exactly what is involved in the construction, what kind of performance to expect, and how much maintenance is realistically involved. That seems worthy of an addition star to me, even if I never build a rocket stove. Would you drop a star from a book about sky diving because you decided you didn't want to jump out of an airplane?
This book does a fine job of explaining the concepts of "rocket" style wood stove design and construction. This 2nd edition also includes reports from individual designers and users, which I tend to find very valuable as it grounds the material in real-world applications. The book covers all important concepts in detail and admirably explains which dimensions are important and which are less so. I found the step-by-step pictures to be invaluable to helping the reader actually build their own stove, but I also found some of the descriptions and associated diagrams to be confusing. A few things that were included in diagrams were not well explained or at least not well understood by this reader without multiple readings. To the authors' credit, however, some of the details are difficult to describe with words.Read more ›
A couple of years ago I was intrigued by the idea of building a rocket stove after reading about them in Ianto Evans' The Hand Sculpted House. When I read the first little rocket stove book I was very impressed. This second edition with a brand new title is even better! The old edition was written in a clear and comfortable way that made a novice like me feel like I could build one competently. This edition has far more text, new applications for the technology, and has excellent color photos and many more illustrations. The details are much clearer. I'm thoroughly enjoying the rocket stove/cob bench now in my office. If you're interested in natural building, saving resources (including money) this book is a must have.
After getting my Rocket Mass Heater book in the mail, I quickly opened it up to find that it is by now far surpassed by more current information available on the web. A current site called 'I will try' provides better graphic representations of the end product. Though more on the engineering side, it definitely stays away from the earthy save the world environmentalist leanings. Additionally, other sites show rocket heater models that are clearly more aesthetically contemporary.
The book alludes to a pilot hole but leaves a gap there. There is another reference to the pilot being associated with a post incinerator clean-out incorporated in addition to the one in the fire box. Does it help with draft? Does it help post chamber combustion? Not clear.
It is really a tiny book that can be skimmed in 7-10 minutes. Graphics are a bit too comic bookish. It just needs to be updated to present more sophisticated presentation and transfer of information.
It is a good primer but you are quickly left wanting to hear the rest of the story.
most fun book I have ever bought! ordered the book, had it two days later with a handwritten note from the author. read it 5 or 6 times in 2 days, then built a test stove in the front yard in about an hour. My kids and I were shouting and dancing as it started roaring and shooting clean hot air out the top! COMPLETE COMBUSTION! its was great! We may never build one in the house, but we sure learned a lot about combustion, and heating options. I would highly recomend it, even just as a interesting read!
I gotta subtract one star because I had such high hopes for actually building the stove and this stove is not for me.
The book is very informative, has some good photos and easily explains the step-by-step process to build the stove.
This would be a great stove for a person who has no other commitments in his life. I suppose all wood stoves are to some extent labor intensive, but the Rocket Stove seems to require a significant time investment to monitor, stoke and clean. The are significant savings to be had(money and wood used) here if you have the time.
I read this book cover to cover and it was an excellent read for a DIY'er such as me. I purchased the book based upon my interest in the subject of comfort heating and the title. It was fun to read about the successes and pitfalls of those who have built this type of heater. Unfortunately, where I live in Southern California wood burning in fire places and heaters has been banned by the Air Quality Management District. So clearly something like this would have to be a bootleg project as you couldn't get a building permit for it. But then again some things are worth doing and this project would be one of them. I think it would be great for a future home or a cabin. However, I wouldn't be willing to modify my current home to install on.
The book itself was very informative and I believe it accomplishes its purpose to inform and inspire someone to tackle a project such as this if you have an interest in such things. Some of the drawings were a little quirky and I realize there is no exact science to it yet that can be referred to. However, for those willing to take the time and tinker with the project I think it will work well.