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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Rocket.

This BB requires you to start and operate a batch box mass heater for one hour. You are not required to build your own rocket mass heater but you will need access to one. The batch box rocket mass heater used for this BB must be a different one from the rocket mass heater used to complete the first Start and Operate Batch Box Rocket Mass Heater BB. Otherwise, this BB is the same as the first one.

Some threads on Batch Box Rocket Mass Heaters:
  - Batchbox RMH from Innovators Event
  - Explanation of Batchbox RMH
  - Emergency Batchbox RMH for Wofati
  - Batch Core Without Riser

Peter van der Berg on Batch Box RMH



Lighting and Loading a Batch Box RMH



To get certified for this Badge Bit you must provide:
  - 5 pictures
       o pic (or 2) showing the 1st and 2nd rocket mass heaters to clearly show that you used 2 different rocket mass heaters.
       o pic of starting materials, PROPERLY placed in the batch box before fire
       o pic of fire started
       o pic of additional wood added
       o pic of even more wood added
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Tonight I started up and ran the batch box RMH in the shop at Wheaton Labs.  I ran it for over two hours during a movie.  I've previously operated the cyclone batch box heater in the Red Cabin for a BB HERE.
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wood set up to start batch box rocket mass heater
wood set up to start batch box rocket mass heater
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wood set up to start batch box rocket mass heater 2
wood set up to start batch box rocket mass heater 2
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batch box rocket mass heater started
batch box rocket mass heater started
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more fuel added
more fuel added
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batch box rocket mass heater running well
batch box rocket mass heater running well
Staff note (paul wheaton):

I certify that this BB is complete!

 
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First batch box RMH I ran was in the Classroom. The second was in Allerton Abbey as can be seen by the flames coming up to the cooktop.
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The 1st and 2nd RMH to clearly show that you used 2 different RMHs
The 1st and 2nd RMH to clearly show that you used 2 different RMHs
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Allerton Abbey - Starting materials, PROPERLY placed in the batch box before fire
Allerton Abbey - Starting materials, PROPERLY placed in the batch box before fire
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Allerton Abbey - Fire started
Allerton Abbey - Fire started
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Allerton Abbey - Additional wood added
Allerton Abbey - Additional wood added
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Allerton Abbey - Even more wood added
Allerton Abbey - Even more wood added
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Allerton Abbey - Cat wanting in
Allerton Abbey - Cat wanting in
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I hereby certify this BB complete!

 
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The first batch box rocket mass heater I operate for a Badge Bit was the batch box RMH in the Auditorium at Basecamp.



This is the Cyclone Rocket Mass Heater in the Red Cabin at Basecamp.



These are the instructions for using the Cyclone Rocket Mass Heater in the Red Cabin.



These are the starting materials before I started the fire. Since this batch box rocket mass heater is designed a little differently, the starting materials are setup as a top-lit fire instead of a bottom-lit fire (like some of the other batch boxes). Normally, I would put paper on the bottom, tougher paper or cardboard next, kindler higher, and then, chunks of wood on top. For the Cyclone RMH, I put everything in the reverse order of normal batch boxes, as per the instructions.



These are the starting materials after I started the fire.



This is the first load of logs I put in underneath the bits of wood left from after the fire got going better.



This is the second load of logs I put in underneath the bits of wood left from my first load of wood. As per the operating instructions for the Cyclone. I am putting new wood in the bottom, instead of the top (like other batch boxes would be operated).

Staff note (Mike Haasl):

I hereby certify this BB complete!

 
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I've got batches and batches. First was the shop, second was the Batch Stove in Cooper Cabin.
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Cooper Batch,
Cooper Batch,
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Fred taught me his special loading technique
Fred taught me his special loading technique
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More wood!
More wood!
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More wood!!
More wood!!
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That other Batch
That other Batch
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Forgot to add: fire started
Forgot to add: fire started
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I hereby certify this BB complete!

 
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