On November 8th & 9th, for a full-on 2 days, students were involved in the understanding and creation of EFFICIENT FIRE ! We started with the principles and dynamics of how things burn and the evolution of containing fire for higher efficiency and cleaner burn. A Tour included firing up and using the OUTDOOR COOKER ~ an easy, basic rocket stove, and checking out several efficient RUMFORD FIREPLACES and the EARTH OVEN. We build and fired up a brick MOCKUP of the Combustion Unit of the Rocket Stove to learn and experience the principles of rocket stove proportions. Very fun.
A highlight of the weekend was lighting up and experiencing the Totem Rocket Mass Heater in the Red Shed, where our workshop was held. We felt the instant warmth from the Heat Riser Barrel, and the slow heat that eventually conducted through the bench. AH, how great to sit on this cozy, cozy earthen seating surface, in the midst of practical learning and good folks. Even though it was a cold day, all our fire experiences provided an elemental and comfortable setting whether we were indoors or outside.
Everyone mixed cob and made their own individual model of a rocket stove to take home. The event finished with a demonstration of Finish Plasters and Natural Sealing Oils for completing EarthenRocket Stove projects. It was a very fun and fulfilling weekend.