Chris McClellan

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Hey all,
Print copies of the book are available here:

Printed copies of the book are available here:
https://permies.com/t/94426f51/Print-Copies-Scrounging-Book-James
2 weeks ago

                                                        James in his Natural Habitat

If you are looking for inspiration for a life less consumed by consumerism check out The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging by master scrounger Jim Juczak. Whether its the $50 car or how to find free building materials people will thank you for taking, or tips on finding and storing free, wholesome foods, this book will encourage you and pay for itself over and over. In honor of James' tenure at Wheaton Labs this summer co-teaching the Appropriate Technology Course we are listing the book here at Permies for cheaper than you can get it elsewhere.

This is the link to buy the printed edition of the book.

You can buy the eBook here:
https://permies.com/t/93610f51/Scrounging-eBook-James-Juczak
2 weeks ago
Lina,
The cottage rocket is getting ready for a kickstarter to offer plans, kits, full heaters and accessories. Currently the only way to get one is to come build one yourself at one of our workshops
http://naturalcottageproject.com/wordpress/cottage-rocket-workshop-build-your-own-rocket-mass-heater-to-take-home/
but if you want to send me your email address I can let you know when there is more to know. Info@unclemud.com
--Mud
November 2-3, Burton OH



If you want to learn how to build a Rocket Mass Heater the best way is to come build one, and now you can take one home with you when you go. For the price of the workshop ($300) plus any parts you need (a parts and price list is provided to participants so you can scrounge) you can become a Rocket Scientist. You can register here, or scroll down to learn more.

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This is Timothy. He came all the way from Florida to build his Cottage Rocket with us.



He's still building the Tiny House it's going in, so right now it sits in his yard making pizza and warming his patio.



Our exclusive Cottage Rocket design uses a removable cob or gravel mass so you can build it here where all the tools and fun people are, then load it in your car and take it home.



This is Jeremy loading his Cottage Rocket into his truck to take it to his off-grid cabin in Montana where the barrel will be filled with cob or gravel for heat retention.  The Cottage Rocket uses a hotter, smaller mass than a typical Rocket Mass Heater so it is perfect for smaller buildings and floors that can't handle a three ton thermal mass.



In the Workshop Rocket configuration the mass is eliminated and the barrel (or double barrel) becomes a quick-acting radiator for your shop. This is Rosi's Rocket. It is on its way to her upholstery shop in Ohio.



This Cottage Rocket is hooked to a pebble mass bench to heat a greenhouse at Chagrin Valley School in northeastern Ohio.



At the center of each of these Cottage Rockets is our super clean and efficient core consisting of an insulated heat riser and a refractory burn chamber made from durable, easily located firebrick. With expert assistance you will assemble and test all of the components of your Rocket yourself.



At a Cottage Rocket Workshop you learn to use the plasma cutter, angle grinder, sawsall, and other fun tools.







Then we'll fire up the pizza oven while we talk about how clean and efficient your new Cottage Rocket is.



Please email Info@unclemud.com for more information or to RSVP. Camping and couch space available. Meals are provided, but bring your favorite topping to share for pizza time. Bring Your Own Instrument if you play, we usually have an evening jam session. Ask about staying in the big treehouse (extra charge). If you want to participate as a helper (not take home a rocket) or build a rocket with your Sweetie or friend let us know and we will work out a discount or trade.


1 month ago

                                                        James in his Natural Habitat

If you are looking for inspiration for a life less consumed by consumerism check out The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging by master scrounger Jim Juczak. Whether its the $50 car or how to find free building materials people will thank you for taking, or tips on finding and storing free, wholesome foods, this book will encourage you and pay for itself over and over. In honor of James' tenure at Wheaton Labs this summer co-teaching the Appropriate Technology Course, the eBook is available here for a special low price.

Printed copies of the book are available here:
https://permies.com/t/94426f51/Print-Copies-Scrounging-Book-James
1 month ago
You're doing great Staci. Thomas you're a saint. This looks very much like the one we just built in PA I think you are going to love it. My sweetie fires ours up around November, turns on the laptop, and doesn't move from it until April.
--Mud
2 months ago
Highlander,
How is your rocket doing? With a few years under your belt do you have anything you would care to report about how things are working?
--Mud
2 months ago
Cottage Rocket Update.
Timothy came from Florida to build himself a 6" 35 gallon cottage rocket. He loves the rust patina. I do too, but our last build was excited to have it painted "stove black". Her 8" 110 gallon "Tall" Workshop Heater with a matching "bell" stratification chamber/radiator is going into her upholstery shop near Cleveland Ohio. Her insurance company has even approved the install. We will do more playing with Rockets at the Mother Earth NEws Fairs in PA September 14-16 and Topeka Kansas October 13-14

--Uncle Mud
2 months ago