2021 Rocket Mass Heater Jamboree
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
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
TRACK FIVE – Testing and Improving Design:
- Efficiency/Clean Burn Tests on Existing Appliances
- Cottage rocket improvements
TRACK SIX – Rocket Mass Heater Basics
Part of our formal SKIP/PEP1 Program
- 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
- 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
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
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, 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.
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.
James S Juczac
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where exactly is Wheaton Labs?
Wheaton Labs is about an hour away from Missoula, Montana, USA. Since this is the private residence of Paul Wheaton, he--like most people!--would like to not post his address online. But, you will be given detailed location information and directions after purchasing your ticket.
If I really love it at Wheaton Labs, can I stick around?
There are many options for continuing your stay!
- You can continue to rent one of our accommodations as part of our SEPPers Program - Seriously Excited About Permaculture Pampering
- Get Deep Roots. This is an alternative to buying land at Wheaton Labs (sorta like lifetime rent)
- Or Shallow Roots - 3 years - acreage rent of a shorter time frame
- Become a Boot! Permaculture Bootcamp - boots to roots is a way to learn and earn an acre at wheaton labs in about 21 months. And, you'll gain a bunch of skills in the process!
- Join Ant Village. This is the main community on the lab where "Ants" each rent an acre on which to build their own home(s) and food systems
Can I bring my kids &/or spouse? Do I have to pay extra for them?
You are more than welcome to bring a spouse. If they also pay for a ticket, they can join in all the activities. However, if they do not pay, they will not be able to take part in the classes. But, they are welcome to stay at your rental and explore the vast expanses of wilderness.
As for kids, they are welcome, too. But, they need to be watched and cannot take part in innovations or classes, especially if they have not paid for a ticket. Please note that Wheaton Labs is not childproofed, and with all the experiments and innovations, it's important to keep an eye on your children. You can find out more about kids at Wheaton Labs HERE.
Can I attend this online?
At this moment, we are not thinking of recording the event. But, we have videos of some of our other events!
These DVDs cover multiple innovative rocket technology builds, from rocket ovens, to cob rocket mass heaters, to a tipi heated by a rocket mass heater:
The rocket oven DVD has step-by-step instructions to make your very own rocket oven. You can bake cookies, pizza, and everything else you'd bake in a normal oven--but with just a few sticks of wood.
We actually recorded all 177 hours of our previous Permaculture Design Course and Permaculture Technology Course (then called Appropriate Technology Course).
You can learn everything that was presented in those four weeks, and do so at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home (and pajamas!).
What about my dog?
In a perfect world, we would have systems set up for dogs here at Wheaton Labs. We would love a Dog Village. Alas, we are currently not set up for dogs unless you can insure that they will be super well-behaved (find out more about that here). Perhaps building a permaculture Dog Village here at Wheaton Labs is a project you would like to undertake!
Smokes? Booze? 420 friendly?
Wheaton Labs is a tobacco, vape and drug-free campus. We don't mind folks have a little hooch from time to time, provided that they pack out the bottles or cans. And we do ask that you go very easy on the hooch -- due to some past events we would like to forget.
What other things are nearby?
There's all sorts of things to do, from organic groceries to theater to bars and hot springs. There's a lot more detailed information HERE.
What should I wear/bring?
Here's some ideas!
- dress for being outside in whatever Montana weather might bring! Layers, hats and boots are recommended
- average temperatures in June range from 46°F to 77°F (or 8°C to 25°C) and June can be our rainiest month!
- bring your own water bottle, travel mug, etc. to stay hydrated, and/or sunscreen
- bring your favorite gloves, safety glasses or tools as you wish - we will have limited amounts available (though be prepared for the tool monster to eat your tools)
- if you are camping on site, bring your camping gear and your own towel for our outdoor rocket-stove-/compost-heated-hot-water showers
- flashlights are recommended!
- (if applicable) bring/use only biodegradable, natural soaps and other toiletries (low to no scents are appreciated, too)
What kind of food will be provided?
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