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 sustainablewood 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.
PEP food prep (lots of cooking with rocket stuff, solar ovens, etc)
PEP natural medicine
(maybe) PEP Textile
TRACK 7: Bonus Wild Experiments
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!
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
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.