Great Big Ideas & Takeaways:
Heating homes with wood has been done for thousands of years, but there’s no denying the environmental impact of this practice. Unfortunately, all of those fires burning through the winter release a lot of pollution, and the designs of wood burning stoves are typically pretty inefficient to boot. You lose heat, you spend money, and pollute, and you burn a LOT of wood.
Rocket mass heaters present a clean burning alternative that’s not only kind to the environment, but burns very little fuel. But is it too good to be true? In this presentation, Paul will address the skeptics and tell you why and how these wood stoves really work.
- Can you really heat your home with 1/10 the wood?
- The beauty and science of the sideways fire.
- Why chimney temperature makes all the difference.
- Are they really any more efficient than a conventional wood stove?
- Downsides of the rocket mass heater.
- A beautiful, eco-friendly alternative to the conventional wood stove.
- A safe and proven wood stove you can make yourself.
About The Speaker:
Paul Wheaton is the self-described tyrannical dictator of Permies.com, the largest permaculture forum on the web. As a certified master gardener and permaculture designer, he’s built an empire around what he calls “infecting brains with permaculture.”
His forums are full of rich information, and there are a number of great free resources, guides, and articles that can be found on his sister site, Richsoil.com as well.
Most recently, he has worked with rocket mass heater experts Ernie and Erica in developing a 4 DVD set on all things rocket science, and has built a following around his World Domination Gardening DVDs, which detail how to use hugelkultur, swales, and natural ponds to capture and utilize water without irrigation.
Crowned the Duke of Permaculture by Geoff Lawton and the Bad Boy of Permaculture by the Occupy Monsanto movement, Paul continues to educate and inspire, and regularly hosts workshops and natural building experiences at his property, dubbed Wheaton Labs, in western Montana.
QUESTION: What heat sources do you use on your property? Would you consider adding a rocket stove to the mix?