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I recently gave a “What is Permaculture?” presentation and was contacted by one of the participants afterwards about a comment I made on using wood as fuel. He then asked if I thought rocket stoves, a form of mass heater, would be used in Permaculture. This episode is modified audio version of my response. The answer is not a yes or no, but one about why many of our stick built homes are not prepared to make use of these kinds of technologies and the idea of appropriate technology in Permaculture.
You also get to hear about my lack of confidence in building a mass heater. Though I’m all thumbs, I encourage you to give it a try.
More information on rocket stoves and mass heaters:
The Book of Masonry Stoves
Masonry Heaters: Designing, Building, and Living with a Piece of the Sun
How to make a 16 brick rocket stove. I like this because it is a simple demonstration and something you can experiment with inexpensively:
DRTV video. His description of how it all works is simple and easy to follow: