- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Cob Cottage Company; 2nd edition (April 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966373839
- ISBN-13: 978-0966373837
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rocket Mass Heaters: Superefficient Woodstoves YOU Can Build Paperback – April 1, 2006
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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 ›
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.
This type of heater is not for everyone, and the authors describe the pros and cons of this type of heater well enough that one should be able to decide if this type heater is useful for their application.
This is very much a handbook for a work in progress-- a do it yourselfer can typically build one of these heaters, but don't try to hand off construction to the typical hired mason, it is not that type of book.
The illustrations and pictures adequately present the concepts-- one illustration that would be helpful to add is a 3D projection drawing, which would work better than parsing several 2D drawings to get the feel of the in-the-round barrel contra flow of the exhaust smoke traveling up from the inner stack and down the sides.
I'd like to build a Rocket mass heater... but the people I live with don't seem to like a work in progress 55 gallon drum rocket stove for heating a house (the heater installed instead will be a conventional Finnish mass masonry heater, at considerably more expense).
Overall the book is a worthwhile text on a heater option that may work for those who are willing and able to build their own. Even if you don't build one, you learn something new-- always a good thing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting designs. Need a book on the creation of outside rocket boiler, that could burn bio bricks. Whereby, you could fill it once a day...Published 1 month ago by Robert H Cromer
LOTS OF GOOD INFO IT YOUR INTO ROCKET STOVES FILLED MY HEAD WITH MANY IDEAS...Published 6 months ago by UNCLEBUNNY
It's so good that we lent it out and never got it back lol.....Published 10 months ago by Diane L. Lav
This will tell you how to put one together. FOLLOW the layout. I did one successfully doing that. The other not so much - lol. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ramona E. Jenkins
I have not read the book, but just looking at the cover picture and reading the sneak peak, I can see that this is what the Chinese have been doing for hundreds, if not thousands... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Supernova