Pyromania! Rocket Mass Heaters
A weekend course for those in love with fire. Learn how fire burns, what makes combustion efficient, how to build the ultimate in snug, energy-saving campfires, stoves, and fireplaces for cooking and comfort, all hand-made at almost no cost. Rocket Mass Heaters by Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson has made these incredibly clean-burning wood burners big news. Ianto Evans will be teaching with help from other pyromaniacs. He has over 30 years experience with stove design (see Lorena Stoves, 1980). We'll build one (or more)Rocket Mass Heaters, cover basics of combustion, fuels, etc. and light a lot of fires. These stoves are easy to build with scavenged materials, offering maximal efficiency at minimal cost. Many cob builders install rocket bench heaters, piping their stove through a cob bench or bed, making a cozy place to hang out in the winter months. We'll explore firewood, fuels and other aspects of combustion, comfort, and heating our bodies not buildings. Join us for lots of fun by the fire. OTHER INSTRUCTION MAY INCLUDE: * Earthen Bread Oven - an earthen oven suitable for a variety of baking needs including bread making, cookies, pies, pizza and so much more. * Rumford Fireplaces - The Rumford fireplace is the most efficient type of fireplace for open hearth heating, and can cost many thousands of dollars to have built. Our system can be built with cob for almost nothing. Recommended reading is Cob Cottage Company's textbook, Rocket Mass Heaters at $24 US Post paid. Read it before the workshop! We also stock photocopies of the text of Lorena Stoves, $8 plus shipping. For personalized attention and hands on learning, this course is limited to 10 participants.