2021 Rocket Mass Heater Jamboree

Rocket mass heater Jamboree at wheaton labs people learning woodfired technology
wheaton labs gardening, tipi, wofati

About the Rocket Mass Heater Jamboree: 

Whether you are an experienced builder, or new to wood-powered rocket technology, there is something for you at the Rocket Mass Heater Innovators Event! 

Rocket stoves and rocket mass heaters (RMHs) are a low-emission, efficient way to harness the power of sustainable wood for fuel. The term "rocket" comes from the sound that the wood makes as it burns--there are no actual rockets involved!

At the RMH Jamboree, the basics of rocket technology will be taught, while multiple innovations will be made, such as a tiny house rocket mass heaters, a rock kiln, rocket forge, solar food dehydrator with rocket booster, rocket oven, rocket sauna, and a whole lot more!

Our Jamboree Format:

Attendees can wander among all SEVEN of the tracks and participate or observe as much or as little as they like. The instructors will see a project to completion either with or without help.

This is an event where you can follow your passion and interests to learn about the aspects of rocket mass heaters and other efficient wood-powered technology. You can learn the basics, or join in the more advanced rocket innovations. 

Seven Tracks of Rocket Technology

people building and using rocket ovens

TRACK ONE –  Cooking with Fire:

  • Portable Rocket Kitchen/BBQ/Fogon
  • Rocket Booster for Solar Dehydrator
  • Solarium rocket

TRACK TWO – Forge and Kiln:

  • Rocket Forge
  • Rocket Kiln 2.0

TRACK THREE – Home Heat:

  • Rocket Mass Heater for Shann-Delier
  • Rumford or Rocket Heater

TRACK FOUR –  Toasty Tooshes:

  • Bun Warmer
  • Puppy Warmer
  • Library Rocket
people cutting metal, welding, making RMH rocket mass heater

TRACK FIVE – Testing and Improving Design:

  • Efficiency/Clean Burn Tests on Existing Appliances
  • Tipi
  • Cottage rocket improvements
people welding and building rocket stoves and lighting rocket mass heaters RMH

TRACK SIX – Rocket Mass Heater Basics

Part of our formal SKIP/PEP1 Program

  • welding
  • metalworking
  • build a J-tube style rocket mass heater
  • build a dakota stove
  • operate various rocket mass heaters and rocket stoves
  • metalworking basics
  • make cob

TRACK SEVEN – SKIP: Skills to Inherit Property

Part of our formal SKIP/PEP1 Program

  • make a bird house, insect hotel, snake and toad habitat
  • make a hugelkultur garden (everyone who wants to can drive the excavator!)
  • hot water bath canning
  • fermenting
  • pickling
  • foraging
  • harvest and eat wild edibles
  • harvest and preserve natural medicine: comfrey poultice, dried mullein leaves, and more! 
  • make public art and branding a location
  • textiles: sewing, darning, crochet, basket weaving, making twine
  • using rocket stoves, rocket ovens, and rocket water heaters

Daily Schedule

7:00am – breakfast
8:00am – summary of the day
8:30am – session 1
10:00am – session 2
noon – lunch
1:00pm – session 3
3:00pm – session 4
5:00pm – cleanup
6:00pm – dinner
7:00pm – evening presentations
9:30pm to 6:30am – quiet time


Chris McClellan


Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. Between building things out of mud and junk he writes for Mother Earth News Magazine and teaches simple DIY skills at workshops and fairs.

Paul Wheaton


Paul wheaton in snow

Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more. 

better world book, paul wheaton ted talk, rocket stove and oven DVDs, permaculture cards, World Domination Gardening

Lara Bigotti

Event Coordinator

Lara became interested in Permaculture while living and teaching English in Japan. She worked on an organic vegetable farm in her hometown for two years after returning to the U.S., and then fulfilled her longtime dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. After participating in Wheaton Labs Bootcamp in September 2020, she returned to Missoula in February 2021 to take on the role of Event Coordinator and Rental Manager for Wheaton Labs. She is excited to learn more about gardening, natural medicine, photography & videography, and building.

Lara Bigotti

James S Juczac


The King of Scrounge

James is an author and lecturer on topics such as self-reliance, true sustainability, building off-grid energy systems and mortgage-free housing. He has been dubbed "The King of Scrounge." Jim lives with his wife, Krista, in their round, cordwood and papercrete home on the property where they have established an off-grid intentional community. He is an EMT and an adjunct professor at SUNY Jefferson where he teaches the NABCEP Solar Installers course.

Cordwood papercrete home and The Art of Scounging

Zhivko Stefanov



Zhivko Stefanov spent around 10 years in the IT sector. After some books and walks in the mountains he quit his job and went to look for a sustainable lifestyle experimenting and volunteering in permaculture, geodesic domes, cob building, food forest, reforestation, and ram pump projects.

He has been developing rocket heaters full time since 2013.

gamera rocket and cookstove collage

Stoyno "Tony" Kalvachev



Tony Kalvachev while working in IT security decided he missed forking (gardening) with his hands.

After realising the inhumane business model in corporate business he left his job and spent the next few years wandering and experimenting with raw food, yoga and sungazing. His time researching and hand-building rocket heaters led him to design the Gamera rocket heaters.

rocket stove in living room and other gamera rocket stoves


Note: 80% refund up to two weeks before the event starts. If you are not comfortable with being recorded, please do not attend. Tobacco/drug/vape free campus.

Rocket Mass Heater Innovators Event

October 2nd-10th, 2021

Paul will provide three simple meals a day at no charge, but food is not included with your ticket.  If you have special dietary needs/desires, you might want to bring your own food and use our rocket cook stoves, ovens, solar ovens and other cooking contraptions.

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