This post was sponsored by Woodburningstoves2.com. All opinions are my own and it is all written in my own words.
It's that time of year!
Time to get those heaters going in your house.
For those with wood heat it means you've spent all year getting ready for this; splitting and stacking, drying and hauling wood to your cellar to use. Then you'll have to repeat the process over and over again all winter long. Some houses can use up to 8 cords of wood! That is huge amount. That is a lot of trees, a lot of smoke, and for most conventional stoves..... a lot of wasted heat!
What if you could have a stove that could use only an 1/8th of the wood and cause barely any pollution?
That would be called a Rocket Mass Heater.
Look at this beautiful one:
Rocket Mass Heaters are very different from an everyday stove: the wood stands vertically, the fire burns horizontally, and the heat from one fire can last for so much longer! Here is how they work:
These heaters work so well, some people have reported warming their houses on only the fallen branches on their lawn!!
I lived for almost 5 years in a one room rough made building, much like a yurt but made out of wood, that only had a wood stove as a source of heat. And, it was such a hassle. I love a wood fire and sitting all snuggly by it..... but having to get up at three in the morning because the fire's out and the house is in the 40's..........not cool. We used so much wood and got not a lot of heat out of the process. If only we'd had one of these Rocket Mass Heaters!
For more information on how a Rocket Mass Heater works, including videos and more images,
Another great site where you can get information on Rocket Heaters and on cool topics like Permaculutre......with everything from aquaponics, earthworking, and homesteading is
The evil mastermind behind these sites is Paul Wheaton, a permaculture guru from Montana and a wearer of the awesomest Steampunk Hat in history. Here he is on the cover of the Missoula Independent:
And HERE IS THE HAT:
How cool is that.
You can find Paul Wheaton here:Pinterest