Article written by Dale Van Camp (co-owner Van Camp Farm)
Rocket Mass Heaters are an efficient and affordable way to heat cabins/homes. After listening to Paul Wheaton (at Permies.com)several months ago on The Survival Podcast (Episode-1243- Paul Wheaton on Rocket Mass Heating) I was hooked on the idea that this is how I wanted to heat our farmhouse.
Read through some of the material here(http://www.richsoil.com/rocket-stove-mass-heater.jsp) and it will give you an idea on what they are and how they basically operated. I purchased the 4 DVD set (Wood Burning Stoves 2.0) and watched them and took notes. I know I can build this!
Ernie and Erica Wisner put on a great presentation all things about Rocket Mass Heaters. Do not attempt to build one of these heaters without watching these videos and reading their books.
I already have about ½ of the materials I need to start fabricating this heater. From what the Wisner’s say, it’s best to build the heater in the spring so that it is all hardened up by the fall when you want to start using it.
Placement of this Rocket Mass Heater will be starting where the existing chimney is in the living room and then it will extend along the wall, under the window by the kitchen/dining room table. The barrel (the hottest item) will be located just out from the existing chimney so it is more centrally located. Look at the following graphic of my plan.
Here is what I want to accomplish this spring/summer: