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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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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.



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


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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.
     
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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.
     
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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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    A few questions:

    1) I supported the Kickstarter for SKIP. I clicked that I wanted to be in the running for 1 of 6 tickets to this event. I assume I didn't receive one, but it would have been nice (i.e. for future Kickstarters) to have been told I definitely didn't get one. It was a major part of the reason I supported the Kickstarter, all the while fully expecting to buy a ticket if I didn't get a "free" one. Because I am not super familiar with the email and forum system, despite lurking for years, I wasn't aware of how I would be contacted or if I would be contacted in the event of not receiving a "free" ticket. Because of that I was a few days late on the Super Early Bird time frame. It appears, however, it must have been extended (or it just wasn't updated on schedule), because I only ended up paying super early bird pricing after going through the payment process. I am grateful for that. Am I sure to have not received a "free" ticket by this point? How soon after a Kickstarter end are tickets awarded?

    2) I opted out of tickets on previous Kickstarters, so I didn't care back then, but I assume next year's Kickstarter will offer tickets to whatever events take place, and I fully expect to support the Kickstarter and may be interested in the PDC or ATC or both, if things go as I hope. Is there any way we can get a run down on which levels of support actually ended up absorbing those "free" tickets? That may just push some of us "gamblers" into a higher bracket for future Kickstarter support.

    3) The forum says someone "should" contact me soon. Am I being impatient to think a month after getting a ticket is pushing soon? Am I looking in the right place? Will I get an email with detailed instructions about directions, etc? I somewhat grasp the dynamics of the empire and am not trying to pressure anyone into work outside the regularly scheduled updates. I like to plan things way in advance, and I was hoping to find out what kind of accommodations for sleeping (indoor/outdoor, wofatis, tipis, basecamp, Fisher-Price, etc.) are available, expected distances between sleeping areas, eating areas, and all the different tracks, etc.

    4) The site says we should expect to be recorded, and I was wondering if all tracks are being recorded, which would mean I don't need to bring a video camera or at least not expect to have it on ALL the time, and whether the tracks will be purchasable later, or if attendees would receive access to those recordings as part of ticket price?

    5) Speaking of battery powered stuff, is there access to electricity for charging devices? Is the Lab in cell phone range? Should I expect my work to not have contact for 10 days? I have US Cellular, can anyone speak to reception for that cell service on site?

    6) Is there a limit to the number of tickets available for this Jamboree, and is there a running total somewhere? I seem to recall a cap of 45 on one of the older podcasts about a PDC. I have invited a few people, one of which has accepted the offer to join me. Can I pressure some others with facts about limited ticket amounts or just the normal haranguing about missed opportunities?

    Thanks for any help!
     
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    Kevin,

    1  The tickets through the kickstarter have been sent out.  I was going to say that I sent out an update telling everybody that if you didn't get an email about it, then you didn't get the ticket.  But when I double checked I see that I never did send that email.  So I need to do that right now!  (there were a lot of people that added a  bunch to their kickstarter pledge amount - and that made all the difference)

    2  I think you are asking "what was the lowest dollar amount of backing that ended up getting a ticket?"  ??

    3 Thanks for the heads up.  I just talked to Lara and she is getting you set up with the next steps to coming out here right now.  I hope we get much better at this and get a healthy response within hours.

    4 We encourage people to record.  We had trouble in the past with people insisting that they not be recorded.  We have no plans to formally record this event at this time.

    5.1  We offer charging of stuff at basecamp.

    5.2  At basecamp, people get full bars for verizon and AT&T.   At the lab, both are poor, but AT&T is a little better.

    6 We currently cap events to 48 due to the amount of seating we have for meals.  My impression at the moment is that there are more than ten seats available.  


     
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    1 - update now sent https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/skip-0/posts/3240904

    Thanks for pointing this out kevin.  PIE for you ....
     
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    Thank you, Paul, for the quick and thorough response. I appreciate you taking the time to write on here.

    2) Yes, more or less. My wording was confusing. I would say I am wondering what the breakdown was by tiers of support. I could understand you not wanting to give out that info, though; that does sound a lot like WORK. :D

    Thanks for the PIE! I look forward to sharing in this mutually loved dessert in a non-digital way in a few months!
     
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    I have questions about the different tracts and the available sessions.  Are there 4 sessions per tract per day or 1 session for 4 different tracts each day (so that you can follow 4 tracts seamlessly)? Do all tracts start on the 2nd and finish on the 10th? Also, will there be resource material provided for each tract, or are we limited to our observations, notes, and tracts we followed?
    Thanks!
     
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