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Rocket Mass Heater Workshop

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Rocket Mass Heater Workshop

Time: November 21, 2009 at 3pm to November 22, 2009 at 4pm
Location: Alternatives Library 11/21 and Alpenhorn Farm 11/22
Street: 717 N. Forest St. / 664 E. Laurel Rd.
City/Town: Belingham
Event Type: re-skilling
Organized By: David Zhang
Latest Activity: Nov 17, 2009

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Event Description

A Transition Laurel Re-Skilling Event!

Here in the Pacific Northwest, it's important for everyone to learn how to heat their homes without using fossil fuels or large amounts of electricity. Wood is an abundant resource, and can be sustainable if harvested ethically and used efficiently. Rocket mass heaters burn cleaner than traditional wood stoves, takes less fuel to run, can be used for cooking and heating water simultaneously as its generating heat, and can be built mostly from recycled and locally sourced materials.

Join Henry Stanley and David Zhang for a 2 day workshop. On Saturday Nov. 21, from 3-5 pm, there will be an information session on rocket stoves at the Alternative Library, located at 717 N. Forest St.

On Sunday, Nov. 22nd, from 10 - 4 pm, we will build a rocket mass heater for heating a greenhouse, at the new location of Alpenhorn Farms (formally Galactic Organics), located at 664 E Laurel Rd. Suggested $20 donation for materials and hosting an awesome instructor. Contact David Zhang to confirm time, location, and your attendance:

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Laurel.

FYI: Check out Paul Wheaton's 5 minute video: A compilation of 12 rocket heaters. 8 video clips of rocket mass heaters, 2 video clips of pocket rockets, 1 picture from the cover of the book on rocket mass heaters and one drawing from me making a feeble attempt to explain what these look like. And look! A peek at the author Ianto Evans!

Note from Farmer Mike Long (Alpenhorn Farm) who could use some pre-event help: "I'll be taking down the greenhouse at the old site myself, and hopefully have it ready to erect at Deshmanes' place this coming monday 16th, I would gladly feed a farm lunch to any volunteers, and would accept their help any time between Monday16th and Friday Nov. 20th."
Place: 664 E. Laurel Rd.
RSVP: 360 303 6095

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Comment by Nori Lamphere on November 17, 2009 at 12:38pm
I'm looking forward to coming! I am a member of the barrelponics yahoo group and we were just discussing heating greenhouses. How fortuitous! I have all the parts for my RMH with the exception of some connectors and cleanouts. A hands-on right now will be perfect!
Comment by Heather K on November 14, 2009 at 1:54pm
These heaters are amazing in the amount of heat that is obtained & stored from the smallest amount of wood, and for the simple tools to build.
Remember on Sunday, the building day, to dress in warm work clothes with work shoes & gloves & hat.
What a great way to learn a skill and to work together with our organic Farmer Mike Long!

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