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ROCKET MASS HEATER

Amazingly efficient wood heat using materials directly from Mother Earth
May 13 – 15, 2011
Personal instruction with Cob Cottage researchers:
Ernie and Erica Wisner 
www.ErnieAndErica.info

Recent message from Ernie and Erica: check out the 'permies.com' rocket mass heater threads.
Here's one that a guy just finished in his greenhouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpJLS3eD6Po

Greetings Earth Lovers and Rocket Scientists,
Thank you for contacting us about the upcoming Earth Rocket Stove workshop, May 13 through 15, 2011 at Twin Brooks Farm. We look forward to hosting cob researchers and Earth Stove experts, instructors Ernie and Erica Wisner of Portland OR. Twin Brooks Farm is located half-way between Seattle and Portland, in the foothills of the Beautiful Cascade Mountains.
What This Workshop is About?
Rocket Mass Heaters are super-efficient wood-burning devices, site-built from reclaimed and earthen materials.  They operate on some of the same principles as masonry heaters, Rocket cook stoves, and incinerators. 
      Ernie and Erica are a fantastic hands-on education team, balancing learning and fun, live demonstrations and explanations, theory and practice. With their guidance, we will explore things that make these heaters work, and build the core of a Rocket Mass Heater together so you can experience every detail from the ground up until it actually works.
Rocket Mass Heater Schedule:     
Plans to be adapted to each day's realities, and collective needs:
      Participants are welcome to arrive as early as Thursday for convenience of travel and preparation help. You'll be like a WWOOFer working for your keep. If you are spending Friday on site, please plan to help set up for a great workshop!
Friday Prep:
Site Cleanup and Foundation Check; confirm final design plans, mark space. Work Party under the able direction of Ernie and Erica.
PM: Tools and Materials staging, set up camp and prepare for evening gathering
Friday Night: 5 pm Dinner, 6:30 pm Fire Science Theater
Please join us at the farm by 5 pm for dinner, to get settled and ready for a fun evening. (Neighbors and family members welcome to attend just the evening presentation for $25)
Fire Science Theater presentation includes Clean-burning Fires; Heat Handling for transfer and storage; Historic Design Breakthroughs for cooking, heating, camping, and entertaining; and Intro to Rocket Science.

Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM
AM: Materials Practicum: Brick Mock-ups, Cob Stomping, Clay Slip, and Duct Layout
Lunch Discussion: Personal Projects and Design Goals
PM: Project Teamwork: Level and Plumb, Footings, Masonry, Exhaust and Cleanouts, Insulation and Mortar
Night: Music, Merriment, Healing Arts, Cob Dance – Massage table available for use, and mini-sessions by Heal & Toes Therapeutic Reflexology

Sunday 9 AM to 4 PM
AM: Connecting the System (manifold, continuing cob and masonry)
Lunch Discussion: Technical questions and current research
PM: Check seals with the barrel, and Test Fire!
(Night: Safe travels homeward)

Tuition and Registration:
Earth Rocket Stove Weekend: $180
Fire Science Theater only: $25 
Interest is picking up, so contact us soon to reserve your place. Workshop size is limited to ensure hands-on instruction for every participant.
Full payment is encouraged, and a $30 deposit is required, at registration.
Online Registration (full price only) available through Raintree Nursery website: http://www.raintreenursery.com/catalog/productdetails.cfm?ProductID=Z513
      Please Note: Cancellation within 10 days of event may forfeit workshop fees.
If you want/need a discount, please consider the following offers, and let us know when you register.
Cob Cottage standard discounts:
- 10% discount for family and friends coming together
- 50% discount for youth participants aged 6-15 yrs. 6 year age limit because of farm risks
Twin Brooks special discounts:
- 10% Friends discount Cob Cottage returning students, Raintree Nursery customers with receipt 
More information about Rocket Mass Heaters and our guest instructors:
www.rocketstoves.com  www.cobcottage.com  www.ErnieAndErica.info 
Recommended books:
Rocket Stoves to Heat Cob Buildings, by Ianto Evans, or:
Rocket Mass Heaters: Super Efficient Woodstoves You Can Build, by Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson
About Twin Brooks Farm: http://www.twinbrookpermaculture.com/
- Rural 150 acres established in 1953. ½ mile of Lucas Creek, twin brooks West and East
- CREP – Riparian Conservation program for the health of fish and maintain native trees
- EQIP – Conservation program to aid tree thinning, and planting
- Stewardship Forest Certification working with Kirk Hanson kirk@nnrg.org 
- Organic year round garden with features like solar cones
- Permaculture projects: Chinapas, Huegle beds, Waste water, forest garden work, etc
- 2 mile Twin Brooks Trail along Lucas Creek crossing the brooks and through the forest
- Tent areas, one with a composting toilet
- Indoor and outdoor showers
- Limited RV parking (no hook ups)
- Some indoor sleeping; nearest motels in Chehalis, 15 miles northwest
About Your Workshop Experience:
- Meals – Please let us know of dietary limitations, and bring things you can't get along without, the nearest stop and go is 10 miles. Vegetarian and nightshade-free diets will be available at all meals, with meat and fish served on the side. Fresh salad will be picked from the garden daily.
- Designated smoking area. Twin Brooks is AA friendly thanks for keeping drinking low key. Illegal drugs are not welcome.
- Celebrating 40 years of hosting World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)
Thanks again, Lorna etal. 360-262-3169 twinbrooks@lewiscounty.com
 
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Ernie, I sent you an e . . . do you want me to bring the gas hot water heater tank to the workshop?  Also, how much time is there for going over our personal projects?  I'm thinking if you're doing a complete build there won't be much time.  I ask because I have a sawdust burner I want to bring if you think there will be time.  It's a "just for fun" thing.

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ElfNori wrote:
Ernie, I sent you an e . . . do you want me to bring the gas hot water heater tank to the workshop?  Also, how much time is there for going over our personal projects?  I'm thinking if you're doing a complete build there won't be much time.  I ask because I have a sawdust burner I want to bring if you think there will be time.  It's a "just for fun" thing.

Nori



Are you coming to this one?  I'm excited to see you again!

There usually turns out to be time for those kinds of things, especially if you don't mind waiting until after hours.  It's hard to predict how fast a build goes, but most workshops there's a little extra time around the edges.

Like always, we will try to keep the focus on the basics and on 'doing' for the first part of the workshop, and then open up a more technical Q&A after everyone understands the essentials.  Cool personal pyro projects like a sawdust burner can fit into almost any evening, because it's not 'required' knowledge.  But we like to keep the design discussion on details of other RMH projects for near the end, so they don't confuse any novices who are still getting their feet under them. 

So please bring both, if it's convenient; but don't feel obliged.

-Erica
 
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