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Rocket Mass Heater Jamboree
October 2nd-10th, 2021
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Rocket Mass Heater Jamboree at Wheaton labs 2021

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Early Bird Prices end June 1st!!!

About the RMH Jamboree:

Whether you are an experienced builder, or new to wood-powered rocket technology, there is something for you at the Rocket Mass Heater Innovators Event!

Rocket stoves and rocket mass heaters (RMHs) are a low-emission, efficient way to harness the power of sustainable wood for fuel. The term "rocket" comes from the sound that the wood makes as it burns--there are no actual rockets involved!

At the RMH Jamboree, the basics of rocket technology will be taught, while multiple innovations will be made, such as a tiny house rocket mass heaters, a rock kiln, rocket forge, solar food dehydrator with rocket booster, rocket oven, rocket sauna, and a whole lot more!

Our Jamboree Format :

Attendees can wander among all SEVEN of the tracks and participate or observe as much or as little as they like. The instructors will see a project to completion either with or without help.

This is an event where you can follow your passion and interests to learn about the aspects of rocket mass heaters and other efficient wood-powered technology. You can learn the basics, or join in the more advanced rocket innovation.



Seven Tracks of Rocket Technology :

TRACK ONE –  Food and Fire:
  • Portable Rocket Kitchen/BBQ/Fogon
  • Rocket Booster for Solar Dehydrator
  • Solarium rocket


  • TRACK TWO – Forge and Kiln:
  • Rocket Forge
  • Rocket Kiln 2.0


  • TRACK THREE – Home Heat:
  • Rocket Mass Heater for Shann-Delier
  • Rumford or Rocket Heater
  • Test "Sand Insulation" upgrade on Red shed heater core
  • Install replacement rocket in Love Shack (or at least improve chimney and thermal mass)


  • TRACK 4: Testing and improving design
  • Efficiency/Clean Burn Tests on Existing Appliances
  • Tipi Rocket Bench Rebuild
  • Workshop Rocket (heat riser insulation)
  • Bell vs. pipe bench "burnoff"
  • Bun Warmer (Making it "pretty")
  • Puppy Warmer (test 4" exhaust to see if it improves performance)
  • Library Rocket (rebuild intake, pebble bench)


  • TRACK 5: Rocket Skills
  • PEP welding
  • PEP rocket (basic brick core build)
  • PEP natural building (cob)


  • TRACK 6: Homesteading Skills
  • PEP Gardening (hugel)
  • PEP cob
  • PEP food prep (lots of cooking with rocket stuff, solar ovens, etc)
  • PEP natural medicine
  • (maybe) PEP Textile


  • TRACK 7: Bonus Wild Experiments
  • Rocket Desk/Table/Workbench
  • Rocket Wood Steamer/bender
  • Rocket Hot Tub Heater
  • Rebuild large shop heater against wall so trucks can be worked on in winter
  • Insulate buildings to improve performance
  • Spontaneous innovation - other projects that might come up during the event!




  • Daily Schedule:

    7:00am – breakfast
    8:00am – summary of the day
    8:30am – session 1
    10:00am – session 2
    noon – lunch
    1:00pm – session 3
    3:00pm – session 4
    5:00pm – cleanup
    6:00pm – dinner
    7:00pm – evening presentations
    9:30pm to 6:30am – quiet time



    Instructors

    Chris McClellan -- Instructor:
    Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. Between building things out of mud and junk he writes for Mother Earth News Magazine and teaches simple DIY skills at workshops and fairs.

    Zhivko Stefanov - Instructor:
    Zhivko Stefanov spent around 10 years in the IT sector. After some books and walks in the mountains he quit his job and went to look for a sustainable lifestyle experimenting and volunteering in permaculture, geodesic domes, cob building, food forest, reforestation, and ram pump projects. He has been developing rocket heaters full time since 2013.

    Stoyno "Tony" Kalvachev - Instructor:
    Tony Kalvachev while working in IT security decided he missed forking (gardening) with his hands. After realizing the inhumane business model in corporate business he left his job and spent the next few years wandering and experimenting with raw food, yoga and sun gazing. His time researching and hand-building rocket heaters led him to design the Gamera rocket heaters.

    Paul Wheaton -- Host/Instructor
    Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.

    Lara Bigotti -- Event Coordinator
    Lara became interested in Permaculture while living and teaching English in Japan. She worked on an organic vegetable farm in her hometown for two years after returning to the U.S., and then fulfilled her longtime dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. After participating in Wheaton Labs Bootcamp in September 2020, she returned to Missoula in February 2021 to take on the role of Event Coordinator and Rental Manager for Wheaton Labs. She is excited to learn more about gardening, natural medicine, photography & videography, and building.

    Josiah Kobernik -- Instructor
    Josiah cobbled together a diverse background in commercial agriculture, horticulture, market gardening, raising livestock, homesteading, and other general build/fix skills before landing at Wheaton Labs in 2019. Since moving to the labs, he has taken to working with roundwood timber framing, earthen plasters, videography, rocket contraptions, and any other inventions he can get his hands on.

    Jennifer Richardson --Instructor
    Jennifer Richardson is a former cattle rancher and current resident of Wheaton Labs. She is participating in the boot camp and living in Allerton Abbey, the first wofati, in order to test the thermal inertia of the structure.

    Fred Tyler -- Instructor
    Fred has led the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for three years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building.



    Tickets

    Work Trade for Rocket Mass Heater Jamboree
    Work a 7 weeks in Bootcamp for a ticket to the RMH Jamboree!


    click here for super early bird prices


    Early Bird Prices end June 1st!!!
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    Is Oct 2 and Oct 10 partial days for arriving/leaving, or does 10/2 begin at 7am with breakfast? I wasn't sure if I need to get plane tickets arriving the evening of 10/1 for the classes to start the morning of 10/2, or if noon-ish or 6pm of 10/2 works, as well as when on 10/10 getting back to Missoula to fly home, is a 1pm flight out too early?

    Edit 6/3/21: Paul explained that both Oct 2 and 10 are considered full days, so people should plan accordingly.
     
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    i wonder if the canadian/usa border will open up before this?
     
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    Agreed! We were just talking about that over here.
     
    steward
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    The weird thing is that I have talked to people that are crossing borders without any problems - as if the borders are currently open.
     
    Mark Brunnr
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    I would think that a person with documentation of vaccination would have an easier time of it, but there's probably a web site or phone number to check what the requirements are for entering both the US and Canada from the other.
     
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    it is weird indeed. I just heard about someone who was travelling from washington to alaska on a solar powered boat. They apparently are not allowed to land in canada anywhere.
    They have this customs sign displayed on their boat that the border gave them.
     
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