ART LUDWIG is an ecological systems designer, researcher, author, and activist. He has consulted for the states of New York, California, and New Mexico on water reuse policy and building codes and has developed numerous innovations which have been adopted worldwide, incorporated in building codes, etc.—all of which he has published in the public domain. Art has authored numerous articles as well as the books Water Storage, Principles of Ecological Design, and Create an Oasis with Greywater.
Find Art online at www.oasisdesign.net.
Remarkable about Art’s installation is how much he focuses on firesafety. His homestead, rigged with firesprinklers, fireproof doors on his home office, and nestled in the firezone of the central California coast, he doesn’t take any chances. When he first built his stove, his was the longsest exhaust pipe we knew of, at about sixty feet.
Art introduced me to the notion of the dangers of any flammable materials close to the hot surfaces of your stove, can actually LOWER their flash point. So even though you may have allowed for plenty of clearnace from your wooden wall members or structural support –or wall studs–over time, they require less to flame up, all depending on the materials themselves, their exposure length, and distance.
Art and I wrote the “Fire!Fire!” chapter together, possibly the single most important update to this manual.