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Do NOT buy this book!   It isn't a book yet.  There's 95 pages of stuff, and maybe in the next few months I'll flesh it out a bit. Or maybe it will be years.  We'll see.

During my last kickstarter I offered it as a stretch goal.   So I am putting it here for those folks.   And, I figure, if somebody is willing to part with 25 bucks then they can look at an unfinished book too.

15 hours ago


Authors - Paul Wheaton and Shawn Klassen-Koop
illustrator - Tracy Wandling

From the Introduction,
"For nearly every global problem, there are solutions we can implement in our backyard that also save us money and help us live more luxuriant lives. A few of us do these things and bask in the glow of the opulence and extra cash. Others observe and think “I want extra luxury and money too! Not fair!” and then they emulate. And on and on it goes. Then the global problems sorta just dry up and blow away. That’s what this book is all about.

I think the reason we see so many people angry is because they authentically care. But they seem to get stuck at being angry. Some people spend a hundred hours a week for 20 years being angry and not much changes. But I think that if you spend a tiny fraction of that time doing the things mentioned in this book, your global positive impact will be a thousand times greater. ."

About the Authors
"Paul Wheaton is a giant doofus who is bonkers about permaculture. He won’t shut up about permaculture. On and on, every day . . . it’s annoying. He has gone so far as to make a 3-DVD set that is just about the earthworks for permaculture gardening. And not only did he make a 4-DVD set about rocket mass heaters, but he made ANOTHER 4-DVD set about rocket mass heaters. Why on earth do people need 8 DVDs about something so simple? If you think that is ridiculous, take a look at his 177 hours of video of a full Permaculture Design Course, and Appropriate Technology course. Then there’s the cards. Okay, the permaculture playing cards are pretty cool...

Shawn Klassen-Koop’s passion for building a better world grew from many years of working at a summer camp. This time inspired awe and wonder for the natural world through many hours camping in the woods, paddling on a lake, or sleeping under the stars. Seeking to solve world problems with clever thinking, Shawn decided to pursue computer engineering as a career, where he learned the importance of good design and strong critical thinking. In time he felt like modern technology was causing more problems than it was solving and started looking for a better way. "

Where to get it?

   Preorder the eBook: 1 eBook ($7.99)

       12 gift codes ($40.00)  100 gift codes ($250.00)

   Preorder the physical book

       With US Shipping:    1 book($23.00)

            12 books ($120)  64 books ($485)

       With non-US Shipping:  1 book ($38.00)

            12 books ($175)  64 books ($535)

   Preorder the audiobook ($40.00)

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21 hours ago
When I created this BB, I was thinking of dirt or gravel roads.   Asphalt is loaded with petroleum and I would like PEP to move away from petroleum.  

It does satisfy the otis test.  And it is a homesteading thing.  And it is challenging to get away from petroleum.  If you leave the pothole, quality of life is greatly diminished.  

There is no easy answer here.  

I kinda think that when it comes to homestead stuff, how do we shrink our overall petroleum footprint.   And I think a big answer is to figure out a way that the desire to travel is reduced:   nearly everything i want is right here.  Now that I'm not using the driveway, it doesn't get potholes (or maybe far fewerer).  And since I use the road rarely, the potholes are not bugging me very often.   And if it does get a pothole, I sifted some dirt and got the gravel out of it and used that.

The bottom line is that patching asphalt with proper asphalt does qualify for this BB.   I would just prefer to see stuff move in a direction with less petroleum.
2 days ago

Mandy Launchbury-Rainey wrote:Done but used link in email. Is that a problem?

That's good to know.   The guy running the event says that everything will be sorted out in the end.  So it will probably be fine.  
2 days ago

HD instant view$15$28$28$40
tiny (SD) download$20$45$45$65
physical DVDs (US shipping)$30$75$75$110
physical DVDs (non-US shipping)$50$95$95$130

Here are some of the benefits of rocket mass heaters:

cheap to run. About a tenth the cost of natural gas, electric or conventional wood heat.
clean. They emit about a hundredth of the smoke of a conventional wood stove.
good for the environment. Less than 2% of CO2 emissions of natural gas or electric heat. Can reduce your carbon footprint as much as parking 7 cars.
sustainable. It uses a renewable fuel which is easy to find and store.
cheap to build. About $200 to $600.
quick to build. Often built in a weekend
luxuriant. Like the luxury of a heated floor but without all that standing.

Watch the intro video:

better wood heat

DVD 1: cob style

This is all about the ol' reliable cob style rocket mass heater. Watch how a couple spent a winter in a tipi with only a rocket mass heater for heat, and how comfortable they were. Even at 26 below! This DVD works as a stand-alone purchase, or can be purchased with the rest of the set.

DVD 2: pebble style

Watch the construction of three pebble style rocket mass heaters. This style of construction is easier to deconstruct and move than the traditional cob style heaters. They are also better for installing on wood floors as they are generally much lighter.

DVD 3: shippable core

This DVD shows an early prototype, and some how-tos for a variety of techniques for building one.

DVD 4: innovators event

This event has been captured on film, featuring the best of the best in the rocket mass heater arena. This video shows a variety of builds such as a rocket mass heater shaped in a circle with glass to show the burn; an outdoor rocket mass heater/cooker/smoker; A "batch box style" rocket mass heater with measured output cleaner than anything we have ever encountered; and an indoor rocket stove, griddle and water heater. Very cool stuff.


Please feel free to comment below. We love to hear your feedback!


This is four mp4 files.  640x360.  We are trying to keep the file sizes small, so people can have lots of videos on their phone or similar contraptions.

This version is provided for people that are tech savvy and have limited internet stuff. If you are not sure about what this is all about, then don't get the download version! You want the HD streaming version HERE.

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bwh-pebble-640x360.mp4:   634 mb
bwh-shippable-640x360.mp4:   600 mb
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3 days ago
I like the idea that we inherit an anvil.  Something that has been thoroughly used.

It sounds like devaka is up for giving this a try, but will need extensive testing once up - because he doesn't have access to IE himself.

Y'all up for it?
Toby, I split your post into a new thread.

Where is it you would like to come?