Rocket stoves ROCK and they are a great way to cook with very small bits of wood and even gathered twigs. They burn hot and clean with essentially no emissions. An excellent backup cooking appliance for outdoor use when "the power goes out" or just because you like cooking on wood!
While there are many rocket stove designs and methods, we will be working in small groups for TWO SESSIONS to build a rugged version of these stoves from scratch (the evening of September 10 to make fire bricks together and then again on October 26 from 9am to 2pm to assemble the stoves - mark your calendars for both dates because you're registering for both parts!) Our facilitator for these sessions will be designer/builder/maker Jon Chalfant of Chalfant Design and Fabrication.
Attendees can expect to come away from this immersion workshop with a solid understanding of the mechanics of how a rocket stove works and variations on design, practical hands-on experience in making the bricks for the chimney and applied assembly experience making the rocket stoves. We will have a couple of stoves on hand to cook on during both sessions! This is an intensive skill-builder event.
Note that the cost of the event will help defray the cost of materials, so the number of stoves we make depends on the number of participants for the course. Our goal is to get enough people to make three stoves, one to donate to a worthy non-profit, one for educational/demonstration purposes, and perhaps one to draw straws for a student to take home.
There is one work-study space available for this event. In lieu of money, you will volunteer an extra 4-5 hours supporting Jon, our facilitator/inventor/designer/builder preparing components and materials. This will be a learning experience itself! Email the organizer if you would otherwise not be able to afford this workshop and have the physical ability to lift/move up to 50 pound objects.
Tuesday September 10:
6:00 Potluck Supper (bring a dish to share and your own potluck plate/utensil kit) We ill have a rocket stove going if you want to cook something!)
6:30 Brief Intro to Rocket Stove concept and construction options and then hands-on brick making
Saturday October 26:
9:00 Coffee/Tea Fired Brick examination and review of construction steps for the day
9:30 Break into teams for mentored assembly
12:30 Potluck lunch (bring a dish to share and your own potluck plate/utensil kit) We will have a rocket stove going if you want to cook something!)
1:00 until.... Finish assembly, Closing Questions/Discussion
Bring a notebook, camera, work gloves and clothes that can get dirty. Eye protection is a good idea as well!