Rocket Mass Heater

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A rocket mass heater is a wood-burning technology that uses radiant heat and convective heat to heat living spaces. Wood is placed into a feed tunnel that leads into a burn tunnel with a chimney. This chimney, also called a heat riser, cause the wood in the feed tunnel to burn sideways. The heated air is then pulled through a mass to store and retain the heat. Common materials used for the mass are cob or pebbles.

"Rocket mass heaters in a nutshell:"

  • "heat your home with 80% to 90% less wood.
  • exhaust is nearly pure steam and CO2 (a little smoke at the beginning).
  • the heat from one fire can last for days.
  • you can build one in a day and half.
  • folks have built them spending less than $20." [1]

Wood is placed into a feed tunnel that leads into a burn tunnel with a chimney. This chimney, also called a heat riser, cause the wood in the feed tunnel to burn sideways. The heated air is then pulled through a mass to store and retain the heat. Common materials used for the mass are cob or pebbles. Rocket stoves offer a complete burn, producing minimal waste.

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  1. http://www.richsoil.com/rocket-stove-mass-heater.jsp accessed January 21, 2014

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