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jessie franks wrote:Would it be feasible to char the wood under the glass instead of using the paint? Or would that be problematic?

Just to be sure, please try it and share your results.

We've done some wood burning stuff here and the weather washes it all away in about two years.  But since the char would be under glass, it might last decades?
1 day ago

Thanks for supporting my kickstarters!

I know that during the BWH kickstarter, we used a service to hand out those files.  And frankly, I don't remember the file names.  But since that service went under, we modified the server stuff to provide that same service.  So I have given that to you.  You can either search for those filenames or download fresh files.

Amanda Launchbury-Rainey wrote:I have bought all the podcasts but cant see how to download them. I did download 1 - 40 somehow.....
Please help!

Amanda, this thread is for those people that bought just this podcast gob.    You bought a whole bunch of gobs here:

2 days ago
Jocelyn has volunteered to help a lot with the cooking - it sounds like she plans to do all of the cooking during "build week" and a large portion of the cooking the week before and the week after.

If anybody wants to add to the food pile for this free event, that would be handy!   Or if anybody wants to come for a few days to help jocelyn ....
And august set the new record for visits in one month: 1,448,751

jan through august 2018:


    10.4 million visits
    193.1 million pageviews


    1.6 million visits
    5.5 million pageviews

Ron Bergman wrote:I also purchased the instant watch and should have purchased the download version.  Can you fix it for me.

Look for the new link (I made it just now) "view upgrade options" at the bottom of this thread.  It should give you three upgrade uptions:

    - tiny download

    - 8-dvd set as hd streaming

    - 8-dvd set as tiny download

Please let me know if it worked okay.
3 days ago
This is the 4-DVD "Better Wood Heat" without the 4-DVD set "Wood Burning Stoves 2.0".  So this is just the most recent 4 videos.

HD instant view$15$38$38$55
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!

For more information, see the official pages:  Better Wood Heat and Wood Burning Stoves 2.0

3 days ago
This gob o' stuff has:

- ALL of Paul Wheaton's podcasts - with some in convenient mini-gobs, like all the Botany in a Day reviews
- 2 streaming videos
- Permaculture Playing Cards e-book type thingy

One giant gob of stuff for $20. To get all this stuff, read on!

If you were to buy this stuff separately, here's how it would break down:

podcasts 001-040 041-080 081-120 121-160 161-200 201-240 241-280 281-320 321-360 $4.00 each for a total of $32.00

11 podcast review of Botany in a Day by Thomas J Elpel $3.00

10 podcast review of Just Enough by Azby Brown $3.00

Rocket Mass Heater Podcasts $3.00 (already in the rest of the podcasts, but this convenient gob is provided)

21 podcast review of Sepp Holzer's Permaculture $3.00 (already in the rest of the podcasts, but this convenient gob is provided)

Rocket Mass Heater Care & Feeding 30-minute how-to streaming HD video $3.00

Permaculture Playing Cards e-book type thingy mashed into an ebook-like-thing $3.00

Hugelkultur Micro Documentary streaming HD video $3.00

My math says that's a total of $53 worth of stuff for $20.

So, if you're interested in loading your phone, tablet or computer with gobs of permaculture goodness, to listen to at your convenience, click in the big black and purple box below.

3 days ago