Ernie was on the original research team at Cob Cottage Company, building and rebuilding hundreds of test-bed systems with Kirk “Donkey” Mobert and Ianto, while Leslie took notes, sketched, asked questions, prepared to self-publish the Second Edition, and wondered at the pyro-show. At the time there was some discussion of publishing the experimental numbers in a technical manual – Ianto and Leslie went with the concise and delightful book that you all know and love, Rocket Mass Heaters: Superefficient Wood Stoves YOU Can Build (and snuggle up to)
The Rocket Mass Heater Builder’s Guide begins with a review of the basics, showing how to build a “J-style heater” in a conventional home. Floor plans and climates are given for rough comparison of different situations. The step-by-step construction chapter shows full brick layouts for the Wisners’ most popular J-style fire box (recognizable as a simple refinement of Ianto’s original), in 6″ and 8″ system-sizes. The last few chapters cover operation and maintenance, dimensions, rules of thumb, code and regulatory details that we didn’t have enough data about during the Cob Cottage development work. But the Wisners save the hard numbers for last – in the appendices, they bust out the science with materials data, sample building codes (1-week approval process in Portland, OR!), home-heating calculations, combustion and gas-flow equations, and all kinds of advanced experiments, accessory designs, and practice activities.
It will come as no surprise that Ernie and Erica have taken an unusual approach to publishing this book. After preparing the manuscript all the way to layout stage for self-publishing, they signed with New Society and Permanent Publications, and got a high-class makeover (including a few final photos of gorgeous student projects and barrel-decoration fancy work).
Now they’re doing a Kickstarter launch (through mid-day April 11) to pre-sell author copies and launch a few new self-published eBooks at the same time.
The book is definitely worth all the effort. At over three times the length, and just under twice the cost of our original, you could say it’s a “volume” bargain.
True to our earthen-building soul, and adapted for conventional approval, this book is a serious resource that our readers will appreciate.
The Cabin Stove, by Max Edleson, of Firespeaking.com
The Cabin Stove is a compact wood-burning stove for heating and cooking. It uses a mix of clean, efficient combustion, and heat exchange strategies, which provide both immediate heat via the cooktop as well stored heat through the channels inside the brick work. Effectively, it converts wood into warmth and good food. … See more.
Thanks for your interest in the book Rocket Mass Heaters, by Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson. A Rocket Mass Heater is a wood-burning stove that uses Rocket Stove technology (of specific materials and geometry) to burn wood very efficiently and clean, and to then store the heat it produces in thermally massive furniture–the bed or couch you sit or lie down on.
In the book, we teach you how to think about wood burning, materials and geometry, so that you can build your own superefficient heater using your own skills and common sense, while spending very little money.
First published in 2004, this little manual has received a bit of attention, and has been in the hands of quite a few people. Ianto Evans is known for his seed-planting abilities (bringing us “cob,” from Britain, the fava bean’s glorious simplicity, and rocket stoves, to name a few).
I’m Ianto’s co-author, Leslie Jackson, I self-published the book ten years ago, and I’m super-stoked to bring you this website’s update, out of the cobwebs of it’s html beginnings in 2004. With the site, I hope to help you navigate the growing world of Rocket Mass Heaters. I’ll tell you about the book’s history, share details about the authors and some of the major players who live with these stoves and had a hand in the book. I’ll point you to some resources such as online forums and workshop instructors, help you decide if the stove is right for you, and steer you towards trustworthy sources of instructional videos, and other books. (Thanks to YouTube, there are some humdingers out there!)
Ten years after the publication of this book, the ‘Rocket Mass Heater’ has become a household term in the sustainability, homesteaders, and permaculture circles. Welcome to the party. Even if you don’t end up building and living with a Rocket Mass Heater in your home, the experiments you can learn from, and the community of DIY woodburners you’ll meet, will enlighten you to a form of energy long lost by us as modern folks. If nothing else, you’ll build better campfires!
Details: 120 pages, paperback and digital download available. ISBN: 0966373847