Standard wood stoves waste much of the heat and wood energy when they burn, much of it going up the chimney as hot smoke. A rocket stove burns more efficiently converting nearly all of the fuel and smoke into CO2 and water. It also stores the extra exhaust heat into a “thermal battery,” a bench made out of rock and cob the warms up during the fire and then releases it slowly in the hours following. The stove can burn small logs, twigs and scrap wood and the best part is, it can heat the same space as a regular wood stove with 1/4 of the amount of wood!
Midwest Permaculture, based out of Stelle, Illinois, aims to support the transition of our society from a culture of consumption, into a culture of creation. Bill and Becky Wilson teach a range of permaculture workshops and courses, including Thermal Mass Rocket Stove builds. Find more about their work at www.midwestpermaculture.com.