See below for links to the individual plans.
If you'd like to purchase individual plans, or read their descriptions, they are available below:
(The dimension 6" or 8" refers to the diameter of chimney/flue needed for this heater plan.)
All 4 DVDs from "wood burning stoves 2.0" and all 4 DVDs from "better wood heat: DIY rocket mass heaters" - all 8 DVDs as HD "instant view" streaming.
To purchase ALL of the above, please click the Premium Content section below to purchase with PayPal.
Other items for the fire-curious and earth-friendly: some are not available separately at this time.
• Double-Chamber Earthen Oven Plans
• Builder's Guide to MUD (earthen building, recipes, process/batch-testing notes, compatible natural finishes including paints and plasters)
• Art of Fire (everything we like to teach new stove owners, builders, and fire handlers)
• Simple Shelter: Northern Comfort (booklet on how to make an easier-to-heat home, including off-grid comfort and emergency heating options)
• rocket canner/Forge Plans HERE
• Water Bug Mini Heater Draft Plans (not yet generally available)
• Six Quick Mini Stoves
• Excerpts and supplements to the rocket mass heater Builder's Guide:
- the Owner Manual (chapter 4 of the draft, now chapter 5 "Operation and Maintenance");
- and the EU Appendix Draft 3, a supplement for those who prefer metric, or are interested in building outside North America.
And some just plain fun stuff from our "other lives:"
• Ernie's Chocolate Truffle Recipe (actually about 17 different recipes including vegan, full cream, and flavor variations like Raspberry Velvet, Irish Cream, Rosa Mundi, Habanero Coconut, and Mojito)
• Ivy Basket instructions
Please note that this does NOT include items in our name from other publishers, due to licensing agreements.
• Does not include our book, the Rocket Mass Heater Builders' Guide (New Society, 2016),
• nor the original rocket mass heaters books, by Evans/Jackson, to which we contributed.
• Does not include the Village Video DVD, "How to Build rocket mass heaters with Ernie and Erica." www.villagevideo.org
It also may NOT include certain draft plans still in progress, for reasons.
Thanks for understanding.
Most of these plans are done using standard architectural drafting, old-school style.
(I was the last class to learn conventional pencil-to-photo-print blueprint drawing, using a real old ammonia light-box, before my architecture department got computers. Ah, the good old days.).
Any general builder, framer, mason, or engineer should be able to read these plans quite easily; the age of computers hasn't changed the blueprint language that much, although we now print them in a wider range of colors.
I use a lot of 2-dimensional templates and a standard color key for my more recent work.
So fire bricks will always show up the same size and color (beige) and smaller building bricks will be represented in their own size and color (brick red). Cob is brown, wood trim is light caramel (like Doug fir or pine heartwood), concrete and cement-board will be grey, non-combustible insulation will be light grey or white, or white with a squiggly black line (a symbolic convention for black-and-white drawings).
Plasters, tile, natural stone, and other finish materials may show in a variety of colors, similar to their actual color.
We occasionally hear some confusion from folks who are used to the 3-d modeling or exploded diagrams more common for mechanics and furniture/cabinetmakers.
We do include detail drawings with marked dimensions for critical areas like the firebox. Builders may also want our book the Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide for additional notes about clearances, allowable variation, etc Click Here to see the Wisner Builder's Guide at NewSociety.com.
Architectural drafting conventions:
- Projects are shown from top and side views.
- Studs in the wall are shown as solid rectangles, and windows as lines, as if you'd sliced through the house about 6 feet up.
- Any cutaway view will be labelled, and there will be a line across the top view showing where we "cut" to give that view. Arrows pointing toward the line show the direction you're looking from.
- For the main diagrams, look for a scale key, just like on a map; you can use a piece of paper or compass points to take a measurement off the diagram, and compare it to the scale key.
- We generally include at least one detail diagram, with marked dimensions, for any critical area(s) like the firebox.
Builders' Notes: These plans give play-by-play details of the project goals, how we designed and built the heater, and whether anything was changed in the first year or two for satisfactory performance. We don't publish any plan unless its owner has been satisfied with the performance for at least one year.
If this is your first earthen building project or first time using bricks, you may find new terms mentioned in a given plan, like "cob" or "thermal mass" or "fire clay mortar," without a lot of explanatory detail. Definitions are not hard to find on these forums at www.permies.com, on YouTube, or in the attached "Builder's Guide to MUD".
These plans are already pretty long (the greenhouse one is over 40 pages, showing 3 or 4 different project layouts). So we decided to focus on the specifics of each project, noting its differences from a "standard" system as described in the Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide (Wisners, 2016) or Rocket Mass Heaters: Third Edition (Evans/Jackson, 2014). You may want to pick up a copy of either book, if you don't already have one.
In our limited free time these days, we still participate on these forums and give free advice to rocket project folks and others. I will make these premium threads a priority.
If you want to start a whole thread about your project and ask for advice or show the step-by-step, you can post a link to that thread here for others to check out as they work from the same plans.
I will check out those links as my time allows, too.
Baby pictures welcome!
Cj Sloane wrote:
Erica Wisner wrote:These plans individually cost about $20/each, ...
I'm interested in purchasing an individual plan. Should I send you a purple moosage or another way?
Ernie and Erica have their very own forum with all their awesome stuff on it. Are the plans you're seeking there?
So this offer now includes:
- the 8 DVD set as HD streaming
- "builder's guide to mud" ebook
- "art of fire" ebook
- "simple shelter" ebook
- rocket canner/forge plans
- water bug mini heater plans
- six quick mini stoves ebook
- excerpts from their book "The rocket mass heater Builder's Guide"
- and more
I haven't done the math, but I think this is about $300 worth of stuff for just $75.
paul wheaton wrote:
Sarah Quetico wrote:if I purchase this, would I be able to download the 8 DVDs or would I have to stream them every time I wanted to watch them? We don't have the best internet. Thanks for your help!
Stream them every time. This is the way we could get this to all work.
Sounds good. Still an excellent deal. I'll have to see how much groceries end up costing this paycheck. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly!
A question: Here in Korea (where I live), under-floor heating is the norm. So I was wondering, could any of the plans included in the package be adapted to an in-floor design? I can imagine the feed tube being at floor level, the barrel protruding from the floor, the ducts snaking under the floor, etc. Would such a design be ill-advised?