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Rocket Mass Heaters, 3rd Edition Paperback – February 1, 2014
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THE manual on how to build an efficient masonry-type wood burning stove from inexpensive parts and practical skills gained from reading this book and experimentation. It was written by the developer of the Rocket Mass Heater, Ianto Evans, who is also co-creator of the Rocket Stove. Rocket Mass Heaters are in a family of efficient wood-burning stoves called Rocket Stoves. What these various types of Rocket Stoves all have in common is that they burn small-diameter wood fuel in a high-temperature combustion chamber with an insulated internal chimney. With clear, delightful illustrations and practical, accessible instructions, the Third Edition contains Case Studies (in full color) by ten stove builders who have been living with these stoves for several years, and have been teaching the craft. Even if you don't plan to build one of these stoves, you will learn practical skills about human comfort, self-reliance, and heating with wood. The casual reader comes away with an ability to build fires—from campfires to highly specific rocket stoves—and will understand how wood burns, and which wood burning stove is best for a given situation. The passionate stover comes away with all you need to build your own Rocket Mass Heater in your home, taking charge of your family's comfort. There is an updated Safety chapter by Art Ludwig and improved construction instruction based on builder feedback, and thanks to the viral popularity of this technology on the internet forums all over the world among passionate do-it-yourselfers, masonry stove builders, homesteaders, and Permaculture practitioners. In this book, you’ll find a basic recipe for building a Rocket Mass Heater. Why basic? Because your stove will be made to your local climate specifications, in your unique house, and with materials you source according to luck/whim/opportunity/dumpster-diving law, or if nothing else, money. Good luck with your stove!
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I actually managed to build one of these things...well still working on the bench. It takes a lot of clay and sand.
Anyway, this is an excellent how to book. I've studied many examples on the internet, but most of them leave out some small detail that the builders either thought was common knowledge or was too unimportant to include. This book includes those little details and in some cases explains why they are small but important.
If you are a little bit handy and have the desire to build a inexpensive heating system, this is the book for you.