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Here is a big fat package of our most popular plans.

See below for links to the individual plans.



If you'd like to purchase individual plans, or read their descriptions, they are available below:



Annex 6"



Bonny 8"



Cabin 8"



Daybed 6"



Greenhouse 8"



Ely 8"

(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.





More info about the 8-DVD set
(note that "DVD" refers to the general length of each video, and that by purchasing this product you will not receive physical DVDs, but access to the streaming version.  Note further that the above link goes to a description of the product and other offers for the video product that are not related to the other products offered on this page.)


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.

Yours, E&E


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How to Read Erica's Plans and Diagrams:

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!
 
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I merged your stuff with the following thread. I hope that is okay by you.
 
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Didn't get what you wanted for Christmas? For January only, Ernie and Erica are dropping the price of this combo package to just $49.50 - for everything.

Limited time deal, not gonna last, people.
 
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Price is back up, but only to $75.  
(These plans individually cost about $20/each, the book prices vary - total value is over $154 for all the materials included here.)
 
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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?
 
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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?
 
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Erica and I have been hammering out an upgrade to this offer for months.  We even had to make some changes to the software.   And in the last few days we have added a LOT of stuff to this.  

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.  
 
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This looks awesome! I have one (possibly stupid) question: 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!
 
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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.  

 
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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!
 
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Thank you for making this available. I'm excited to peruse through all the contents.

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?

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Just wanted to double check but the DVD streaming includes the section on: adding support under the fisher price house for the pebble style right?
 
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brandon gross wrote:Just wanted to double check but the DVD streaming includes the section on: adding support under the fisher price house for the pebble style right?



Yup!

 
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I'm sorry if I come across as a total retard now with this question, but the big red sign in the beginning of the videos threw me a bit off balance: If I can watch them here, does that mean I have paid for access?

edit: Excellent content, by the way. Thanks so much for all you are doing.
 
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everybody that buys this gets access to the videos.
 
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I apologize, but I was under the assumption that my purchase included either a hard copy or a digital download of the "Wood Burning Stoves 2.0" and "Better wood heat: DIY rocket mass heaters" video's, but it appears to be a link to videos instead.  Is there a way I can get a digital download of the video series listed above so I am able to watch the videos on my device when I am not by an internet connection in place of the links?  Or can I get my money back.  Thank you. Jason
 
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Jason Pecka wrote:I apologize, but I was under the assumption that my purchase included either a hard copy or a digital download of the "Wood Burning Stoves 2.0" and "Better Wood Heat: DIY Rocket Mass Heaters" video's, but it appears to be a link to videos instead.  Is there a way I can get a digital download of the video series listed above so I am able to watch the videos on my device when I am not by an internet connection in place of the links?  Or can I get my money back.  Thank you. Jason



Hi Jason!

I added the videos here as a sort of gift to my friends, Ernie and Erica.  People who buy this package would get all the things E&E are selling and they would get an extra bonus treat.

I tried to make sure that the wording was clear that it would be the streaming version.  Perhaps you could guide me with a suggestion on how I might have made it more clear?

As for "appears to be a link to videos":   I think that now that you have made this purchase, you should see all 8 movies in this thread when you are logged in.   Do you see them?  Yes, I did provide a link in the description so folks could learn more about the product.   But that is not intended to be the product.  I guess I am asking about this to try to figure out if there is some sort of bug in the system.  


So I think what you are saying is that you purchased this massive collection of plans, and you downloaded the plans, and the plans are lovely and awesome in every way that you would expect.   And you can see the videos and they are fine as offered, but you wish to download them also - so is there some sort of upgrade path?   ....   So I am taking a big leap here that might be inappropriate, but I am making a feeble attempt to get to a resolution.

 
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Paul,
Thank you for the quick response. I am not sure what you mean by you added the videos as gifts to your friends Ernie and Erica.

On the page where I purchased the product, I did re-read a description today (in regular print), that I would be purchasing a streaming version of the videos and a few inches down the page (in big bold letters) it says "8-DVD set", so I am sure you can see where the confusion can happen on the buyers end.  I was wondering how I would be mailed my "8-DVD set" when the payment page never asked for my mailing address (even more confusion). Long story short, the main reason I purchased this product was for a downloadable or hard copy of "Wood Burning Stoves 2.0" and "Better wood heat: DIY rocket mass heaters", I have no use for a steaming version of any videos as I have no way to view them at my home.  Are you saying that in order to get a downloadable copy of the videos that I need to make another purchase? Jason
 
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Jason Pecka wrote:Paul,
Thank you for the quick response. I am not sure what you mean by you added the videos as gifts to your friends Ernie and Erica.



The videos are my product.  

This thread sells a collection of products for Ernie and Erica.

At some point I added the streaming version of my videos to this offer in the hopes that it would sweeten the offer a bit and more people might buy ernie and erica's stuff.  


On the page where I purchased the product, I did re-read a description today (in regular print), that I would be purchasing a streaming version of the videos and a few inches down the page (in big bold letters) it says "8-DVD set", so I am sure you can see where the confusion can happen on the buyers end.  I was wondering how I would be mailed my "8-DVD set" when the payment page never asked for my mailing address (even more confusion). Long story short, the main reason I purchased this product was for a downloadable or hard copy of "Wood Burning Stoves 2.0" and "Better wood heat: DIY rocket mass heaters", I have no use for a steaming version of any videos as I have no way to view them at my home.  



I see "8-DVD set" is a bold link to the streaming version.   I changed the link to read "More info about the 8-DVD set" and added text under that "(note that "DVD" refers to the general length of each video, and that by purchasing this product you will not receive physical DVDs, but access to the streaming version.  Note further that the above link goes to a description of the product and other offers for the video product that are not related to the other products offered on this page.)"   Which seems like an ugly mess.   I will talk to erica today about removing these videos entirely from this offer - I thought I was being a generous friend, I didn't realize it would turn into a potential source of frustration for E&E.  

Here is what I am going to do.  I am going to give you access to the direct product, my product, for the 8-DVD set as streaming.   I will then take a bit of time to set up upgrade paths from that product so you can upgrade to whatever you want.  So you will have that access in a moment.   But it will take me a bit of time to set up the upgrade stuff.

 
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Okay,

I have gifted you the hd streaming version of the 8-dvd set here:  https://permies.com/wiki/63837/Wood-Heat-DIY-Rocket-Mass   And I have gone through to make sure there are upgrade options for tiny download as well as physical dvds with US shipping and physical dvds with international shipping.  

All smooth?
 
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Paul,
What is a tiny download?  Will I be able to put this product onto a large capacity flash drive?
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Jason Pecka wrote:Paul,
What is a tiny download?  Will I be able to put this product onto a large capacity flash drive?
Jason



You will be able to download 8 mp4 files.   I think each one is less than a gig.  360p.   But that is really only for people that are savvy with mp4 files.  

 
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