Rocket Stoves

Build Your Own Earth Oven
by Kiko Denzer with Hannah Field Paperback 132 pages
$12 + $5 shipping

Build Your Own Barrel Oven
by Eva and Max Edleson. Paper: 100 pages $18 + $5 shipping


For those of us who are visual learners, or visual period, a snapshot of the completed brick tower, no matter the light and contrast, nor how muddy and sandy the fingers of the photographer, is just what's needed.

The brickwork (bricks assembled to comprise the feed hole, burn tunnel and support for the heat riser) is one of the more difficult to describe in words. Here it is in pictures.

Everyone who thinks about these stoves eventually arrives at heating water. Applications abound. The Shower Rocket that Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson built at the School of Natural Building in Coquille, Oregon worked well for a season, serving several hot or cold and muddy cobbing students after an exhausting day. But eventually, the Oregon rains soaked the water heater's insulation. During the book's experimental session, Donkey and Ernie outfitted a small woodfired water heater from Mexico to service the school's shower. In 30 minutes or so one person could have a satisfying hot shower but not ten or fifteen people. Neither at once nor one at a time.

Jay Naydiuk's wood kiln in Canada.

I'm stoked to be able to offer the wonderful masonry stove title Poêles à accumulation by Vital Bies and Marie Milési.
Filled with images and clear illustrations, one of the only French language books on masonry heaters. Covers the history and other kinds of mass stoves, the principles of heat transfer, wood heat, human comfort, efficiency art, and cratfsmanship. Explains operation and construction of a masonry stove for both the DIY builder as well as the customer. There's a section on Rocket Mass Heaters!

192 pages. Paperback. $40 + s/h. Published by Terre Vivant


Erica Wisner has recently released this little gem of a book, The Art of Fire. A perfect companion for any wood-burning device user, especially useful beside the hearth to delight--and instruct-- about fire. It's wonderful.
Two versions are available both for download: A print-friendly version, for $9 and a web format version for $8. Enjoy!

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