The Beauty and Benefits of Rocket Stove Mass Heaters
Rocket stove mass heaters have been around for over 30 years, and their growing in popularity. A superior heating alternative to the standard wood burning stove (conventional wood stove), fireplace, electric heaters, furnaces, and with a much more creative and personalized design.
Some quick highlights and benefits of rocket stove mass heaters:
- Zero Carbon Footprint
- Exhaust is virtually nothing more then steam and CO2
- Utilizes 80 to 90 percent less wood (fuel)
- Contained heat can last for days
- Average build cost under $50.00
- Projected build time less then 2 days (average handy person)
Material Lists for building basic Rocket Heaters
- Fire Bricks
- Stove pipe or furnace duct work (straight lengths and flex elbows)
- High temperature thermometer
- 30, 50 or 55 Gallon Drum (size depends on size of heater being built)
- Sand, Clay and Perlite
- Straw (for cob) Great article on making and building with cob. Making Cob 101
Most of these materials should be able to be located either for cheap from local scrapyards, recyclers, or hardward stores.
Great video on Rocket Stoves from Green Energy Futures:
Some great resources for more information on Rocket Stove Mass Heaters, and constructions check out the following sites:
Ernie and Erica Wisner – Building plans, pictures and science behind rocket stoves
Paul Wheaton – permaculture articles and forum, DIY solutions on Rocket Heaters, videos, and more
Inspiration Green – Great resource, information, and guides
Other designs and uses of heaters:
Click to see more Unique and Beautiful Rocket Stove layouts and designs
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hello! I’m looking for a good forum on RSMH .. Can you suggest a forum.
Peace and Happiness, Petra
If you are ever on Facebook may I suggest checking out the following fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/RocketStoveScience you will have to ignore the “F” word in the site title, but they seem to have valid content, and helpful information.
One more option on the Facebook side of things is the following group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/502734133080025/
I am a member and follow both. Hope this helps.