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Rocket Stove Mass Heater Workshop

  • Jun 9, 2013 · 10:00 AM
  • Midwest Permaculture

Price – $95 - Includes Workshop and Lunch At Midwest Permaculture in Stelle, IL(Limit 24 Students per Workshop)

Standard wood stoves waste much of the heat and wood energy when they burn, with much of it going up the chimney as hot smoke. A rocket stove burns more efficiently – converting nearly all of the fuel into CO2 and water, including the smoke. It also stores it’s thermal energy in a “battery”,  a bench that stores the heat from the fire and releases it slowly over the course of the day.  The stove can burn both logs and scrap wood and the best part is, it can heat the same space as a regular wood stove with 1/4 of the wood!


Rocket Stove Workshop

Students Being Warmed by the Malchow’s Thermal Mass Rocket Stove

How the Stove was Made:

Making a rocket stove mass heater.

Stove made from scrap steel barrels, stovepipe, bricks and cob.  Total price: $250

Rocket Stove Model


What students gain from this one day workshop:

  • An understanding of  the principles of a rocket stove and rocket stove mass heater (or thermal mass rocket stove)
  • Poke around and fire-up the Malchow’s stove (seen in the pictures above)
  • Learn to make cob from digging to application
  • Experiment with making and firing-up one’s own model as seen on right
  • As a group, we will assemble a thermal mass rocket stove, and fire it up…!!!

9:30 - RegistrationSchedule for the Day

10:00 - Classroom instruction – theory and examples

11:00 - See and fire a finished stove – At the Malchows

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Cob making

2:00 - Build dry brick stoves

3:00 - Build mass heater

4:00 - Fire mass heater

5:00 - End


Register online or Call Becky at [masked], voice message or text us at [masked].


Pictures from our last workshop:


Demonstrating a Kelly Kettle


Making cob


One of the students dry brick stoves


Rocket Stove Group Discussion


Discussing the connection between the barrel and the exhaust


The finished demonstration mass heater

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