I am in the process of organizing a simple workshop on how to build a tin-can rocket stove and a 16 brick rocket stove. I would like to organize, down the road, a rocket stove mass heater workshop, but I have no idea how to make that happen. Can anyone who has successfully organized a rocket stove mass heater workshop advise me? What were the costs, and how did you attract an expert to give the workshop?
Well most folks send an email or give a call.
as for the attracting students, you advertise all over the place in your local area and beyond if you can afford to. the costs of a stove installation are materials travel for the expert and food. two of the three can be had for very little if you can do some basic prep. 1. get the materials (bricks, ducting, barrel, ETC.) ahead of time via crags list or some other form of local used stuff list. make sure you have an idea of where there is clay to be found on your property and get it hauled to the space you will want to use for mixing well ahead of time, have masonry sand delivered dumped and covered. get straw bales and store them where they will stay dry. most of this if you are willing to spend the time can be gotten for very low cost or free (many times we get them delivered to us for free so we dont even pay in fuel). Allow 6 months to a year for advertising and site prep. Food can be gotten from local natural foods stores, bakeries, your own garden and any other place that supports permiculture often for free or low cost. now the sticky bit is the expert and due in large part to the fact they have to eat they charge a bit. This is how they make there living so its a tad expensive. Generally you are paying travel, room and board, and a percentage of take on the work shop. Some will ask for a deposit due to folks bagging on them so often and the space on the calendar being taken up. Figure that you will have the expert/s with you for 9 days; three before the work shop to go over the design and placement (some drafting might happen in this part), three during the work shop where the stove gets built and the clients get taught how and why of the stove, and three after so you can finish little bits that didnt get done in the workshop and you get to learn about the care and feeding of your stove, make a plane for plastering and finishing in general. then you will probably get the phone number of the expert so as your first year of use goes around and you have those questions you can get answers. Normally the expert will also give some hints on how many freeloaders ( those folks who for various reasons show up with no money or other form of barter goods and dont leave till the class is over) and work trades you can have and if they retain a scholarship space. most experts can handle about 10 people as students, the freeloaders and work-trades come out of that total number of students and ironically the the take on the workshop.
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Ernie and Erica
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