I mean a book which is short, easy to understand for the layperson, DESIGNED to sell itself, with an ATTRACTIVE title, like
"Rocket (Mass) Heaters, the most efficient wood stove designed by man (yet) and why YOU need one"
which focuses on the advantages and efficiency and environmental friendliness of R(M)Hs in simple terms, with a short comparison with the other stove types, highlighting their disadvantages, and which then jumps around on the positives like a vacuum cleaner salesman, and which is overall short and simple, IMHO there is no chance that RMHs will ever see mainstream or will get certified on a grand scale etc. etc..
There is a reason why the invention of the printing press was probably the most important discovery for mankind so far (after fire, the wheel, alphabet and writing etc.).
It is great that you collected such a giant heap of useful information here, but who knows if the Internet will even be here in 10 years. Or if the Internet will still be free in 10 years, it is already dissolving into the memory hole (censorship). Google is manipulating search results on a grand scale and more and more information is purged from the Internet by various GESTAPO organisations for thought crimes. Free Speech itself is dissolving at rapid pace. If you did not yet hear about all this, ... pfff.
Books, however, will most likely stay with us for a longer time, hopefully
So, making such a book (a book, with ISBN number, not some "self published" writeup or brochure) would be imperative if RMHs should ever become mainstream. Even with such a book it will probably take some decades.
This book could then be easily and quickly translated into all languages without having all the fuss of complicated building plans, calculations etc. etc..
I just added a fictional title in my first posting:
"Rocket (Mass) Heaters, (why it is) the most efficient wood stove designed by man (yet) and why YOU need one"
Yes, I know that the RMH builder guide exists, thanks, but this is not what I am talking about. I am not talking about a technical book for builders, which will only be bought by a small, specialised audience who somehow heard about RMHs and wants to build one, but I am talking about a book designed to bring RMHs to the attention of the average person.
I think unless such a book exists, RMHs will never be adopted by the mainstream or even come to the attention of the mainstream.
There is a reason mankind progresses by relaying information through books.
And there are books which sell and some which dont.
Napoleon Hill wrote, if he would have called his book "Wisdom of an old man from Virginia" instead of "Think and Grow rich" it would not have sold itself. Yes, I agree.
Same goes for books about RMHs. It is very good that the building guide exists, but without a basic book about RMHs, unfortunately you have a ladder with the first 10 steps missing. And only very few, determined persons are going to somehow lift themselves up to the beginning of the steps somewhere above.
posted 8 months ago
Oh and the same goes for the design, unless there is an attractive book and an attractive design (more like a regular wood stove, aka it should have a window so that you can see the flames, which I think is possible with rocket (mass) heaters as well) I fear it wont ever catch the attention of the mainstream.
So, even many of the people who somehow overcome the ladder with the missing first 10 steps wont be too happy having a giant barrel in their living room. It just does not look pretty. It looks rusty, moldy and outdated. This is a problem in itself.
So, attractive book and attractive design, or at least, optical redesign outside, even if it stays the same inside, is a must IMHO.
If these two problems are solved, it will sell itself and will probably be unstoppable, especially if it has an automatic feeder. It is just a matter of time. Just like the dyson vacuum cleaners, 20 years ago nobody knew something like this even existed.
This is all that I want to convey to you. Well, at least regarding this specific topic, this does not mean I am not going to write anything anywhere else (I already did btw, regarding back pain)
Although I agree that any published info would be great, perhaps things are moving to fast to make it worthwhile printing books.
A book about the basic concept would only fill a few pages and anything else might well be outdated in very short order.
As materials and development continue as a pace, designs are changing rapidly!
Peter Vs web site offers a very good explanation but is based on batch box’s and there are now new designs developed by Peter that are not featured.
posted 8 months ago
I will look at all this later and write more in 10 hours or so, or as soon as I find the time
How about the original book? From Ianto Evans. It was the only book for many years.
As Fox stated Rmh's are advancing and changing rapidly. Anyone who was attracted to a book like you are describing. Would quickly, want the builders guide to learn how to construct one.
As far as the "rusty ,moldy barrel in your living room. To start , they (in most cases) are not rusty ugly barrels, they are a fire patina beauty, many are rubbed with an oil. Some are stainless steel.
Regular wood stoves are large metal monsters sitting in your house ... maybe they have shiny knobs and pretty black paint... they still get dust covered , are hot , dirty and belch huge clouds of obnoxious gases about the neighborhood and are always on the edge of a chimney fire. They can severely burn a child who stumbles into one... cob is hot but it never burns...
Meanwhile if only one neighbor were to build a rmh ... their home would have nothing rising from the chimney but steam...I would hope the other neighbors might take notice... and want to know more.... THAT is how rmh's become mainstream. Human curiosity is unstoppable... we have a need to know...
The other thing about barrels... many are replacing them with brick bells! Batch box rmh's are the next step forward (Thank you Peter Berg) however the J tube design is basic, anyone who really wants one, can build one. No matter if they are rich or poor, live in a huge fancy house or a tiny shack, anyone can be warm , cozy and burn next to no wood at all.
Have you built a RMH yet ? If so, might I suggest that you publish the first book in German. Every invention of man has started with one person...
RMH's are being introduced to the main stream. Folks like Paul Wheaton are out there everyday doing this.... its up to the rest of us to spread the word in the trenches.
I hear what you are saying, Albert, and I think it is a good idea! One would use good pictures of the aesthetically nicest looking RMHs already built of which there are some very nice ones, even ones that are incredible works of art, that I personally would be happy to add to my home decor. Matt of WalkerStoves.com has some that are very nice (example above) with detailed plans on his site to make it simpler for people to build, as well as Dragonheaters.com, a site that also shows some very nice designs that I would also be happy to have in my home (along with Matt's). There are some others showing the barrels where they have been polished, etc., that would still be okay in a home. I would also show some pictures of various family members enjoying the warmth of the benches, including the pets.The book could also show some statistics as far energy efficiency compared to regular wood stoves, etc., still keeping it simple, of course, and also speak about the difference of environmental impact, and so on. A short, simple chapter explaining the workings of the heater I think would also be a good idea. Perhaps including a chapter of people that own homes that already have a RMH (again, with pictures) and having them share their experience with a RMH may also add to the book. At the end of the book there could be resources showing the names of other books to get more in depth with and perhaps a list of people in various countries around the world that have some experience with building a RMH that could be called upon for (paid) help.
Since you had the idea and understand the importance of such a book, perhaps you could write it, Albert Dustin. Since it is being kept simple, I don't think it would be so difficult to put together. And with so much global chatter and awakening going on as far as taking better care of our environment and alternatives to current practices, people would be more receptive to it, too, IMO. It seems to be a good time to bring the idea of RMHs to the main stream.
posted 8 months ago
Thanks for all the answers so far I currently cannot write more, but will write in the next days.
I further refined my ideas and already made a list of hopefully good ideas, just found another very interesting piece of information today which could help to bring Rocket stoves into the mainstream "through the back door"
I wish all of you a good next year!!!
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