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Rocket Stove in Alaska???

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Location: Southcentral Alaska
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This is Chuck's widow, Jenny. He died suddenly last fall, and now I am responsible for getting in all the firewood. Is a rocket stove something I should consider, and if so, which one? We started building a log cabin -- one story 24 ft x 36 ft (864 sq. ft.), but it isn't finished yet. Working on that this summer. My sons and I live here on our remote Alaskan homestead year round, and have to charter a plane to get in materials. Would a rocket stove be something I could do without spending a fortune? If I used a regular wood stove such as a Blaze King, I'd have to purchase it and fly it out anyway, so just wondering if this would cost any more, and if a rocket stove will keep us warm in this climate using less wood. (Less Wood is the key for me) Winter temperatures are often 40 below zero for a few weeks at the time, but average lows are usually around zero. Long winters --- Oct. to April. I have lots of spruce and birch trees. I know I can't get as much wood as my late husband could, so I need to find a way to use as little wood as possible.

Thank you for any advice you can give,

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Welcome to permies Jenny. I am sad to hear about Chuck passing. He will be missed by many of us here.

As to your question about RMHs, I think that could be a good option for you.
Much of the advantage of a RMH is that the fuel is usually twigs and branches rather than felled trees.
If you bring home an arm load of twigs on each outing, you are bringing in your heat supply.

Another huge advantage they have is that instead of pumping half of the BTUs up the chimney, they are storing them for use, long after the fire is out.

Read several of the more basic introductory threads on RMHs to get the concept understood.
Here is Paul's intro video to RMH:

Another huge advantage is that much of the bulk of the materials to build one (cob and stone) are local.
You don't need to fly them in.

Check them out. They could be a good fit for your situation.

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I don't know where you are located in Alaska, but there's a natural builder that I know of, living in the vicinity of Homer, on the Kenai Peninsula. He's doing workshops in building rocket mass heaters and has lots of experience building those. He's got a a profile on permies.

And here's an article in the Homer Tribune about him.

May I suggest you could try to contact him?
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