2015 rocket mass heater pyronauts event

rocket mass heater pyronauts event october 2017

October 12th - 16th, 2017

rough outline of the timeline

Then the five day innovators event - same format as last year. It will be a 4 day innovators event followed by a one day observation event. Chances are that innovation stuff might still be going on, but it could also be a day of reflection for some. Also, instead of five innovators, this year there will be six innovators. I have asked the five innovators from last year to pick the next new innovator for this event.

what the innovators are conjuring up

I asked the innovators what they might work on this year and here are a few of the responses:

Peter van den Berg wrote:

I want to build two different mini rocket mass heaters suitable for tiny homes. One built inside a 55 gallon barrel and implemented as a 4" j-tube, the other one as a 4" batch box. The latter one, being probably the most powerful of the two, built inside a 85 gallon or larger barrel. Both of those would be suitable to cook on top.

Matt Walker wrote:

Currently I'm interested in playing with variations on a standard J tube to achieve an easy to build heater that offers great performance at a low cost.

Ernie:

I want to make a 'clear' rocket mass heater using a reclaimed quartz glass cylinder from a research facility, and a few other high-temperature translucent parts. I am also interested in continuing work on small, portable rocket fireboxes.

Erica:

I want to make a rocket hot tub heater. I also want to do emissions testing and talk more about how to advance legal status for rocket stoves generally. If time allows, I'd like to make a small rocket cookstove/oven suitable for a boat or camper (possible collaboration with Ernie's fireboxes, or separate).

Tim Barker wrote:

I would like to explore using car radiators as cheap, easy to obtain heat exchangers to be used in conjunction with rocket stoves. I would also like to build a rocket hot water heater. I'd also like to see about designing an insert for a rocket stove so it can burn waste motor oil cleanly. And finally, I'd like to convert an old gas or electric oven to run on a rocket stove.

Lasse Holmes:

Lasse Holmes is the newest innovator that was chosen by the innovators from last year! He is a rockstar natural builder living in a timber frame, straw bale, and clay/fiber home that is heated by a rocket mass heater! lasse image source

attendees

As far as you folks go, we're gonna let 25 of ya come for all the events, and an extra 15 people will be allowed to pop in for observation day. The clever idea of this whole thang is that each innovator will take on whatever project they feel like taking on, and each one of 'em will be assigned a few assistants.

costs

reserving a spot

Attendees have the option between the 3 day tinkerer's circus, the 5 day innovators event, the observation day, or a combination of the two. As long as these options show up, there are still spots available.

  • Tinkerer's Ticket - 3-day tinkerer's circus event: $480
  • Innovator's Ticket - 5-day innovators event: $1000
  • Observation Ticket Observation day (5th day of innovators event): $220
  • Pyronaut's Ticket all of the tinkerer's circus, all of the innovators event, plus 3 days preceeding, plus 2 days in between, plus 1 day after: $1400
workshop

Note: When buying a ticket you are hereby giving consent to be filmed by our videographer throughout the event.

schedule

Itinerary

Sunday, Oct. 4

~Pyronaut Ticket Holders Only~
All Day: Super Secret Scheming and Plotting
(you're on your own for food on this day)

Monday, Oct. 5

~Pyronaut Ticket Holders Only~
All Day: More Super Secret Scheming and Plotting
No breakfast will be served on this day, but lunch will be at 12:30pm, and dinner at 6:00 pm.
Again, this is only for those that have purchased the pyronauts ticket.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

7:30 am: Breakfast for Pyronaut Ticket Holders Only
12:00 pm: Registration for the Tinkerer's Circus begins at 12:00 pm but it is optional to show up that early. If you do choose to arrive at 12:00, there will be a tour at 1:00 pm, then networking and visiting until the meal at 6:00.
1:00 pm: Optional Tour of Wheaton Laboratories
6:00 pm: Dinner

Wednesday- Friday, Oct. 7-9, Tinkerer's Circus

7:30 am: Breakfast
8:30 am: Clever Tinkering and Innovating
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm: Devious Tinkering and Innovating
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: Plotting and Scheming from overly comfortable chairs

Saturday, Oct. 10 (limbo between tinkerer's circus and pyronauts event)

~Pyronaut Ticket Holders Only~
7:30 am: Breakfast
8:30 am: Free
12:30 pm: Lunch
6:30 pm: Free
6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: Campfire

Note: During said free time, it is possible there will be innovating going on, so you are welcome to participate in that, or you are welcome to do whatever the hell you want! This would be a good time to visit the amazing town of missoula, mt.

Sunday, Oct. 11

~Pyronaut Ticket Holders Only~
7:30 am: Breakfast
8:30 am: Free
12:00 pm: Registration for the Innovator's Event begins at 12:00 pm but it is optional to show up that early. If you do choose to arrive at 12:00, there will be a tour at 1:00 pm, then networking, visiting and a meal at 6:00 pm.
12:30 pm: Lunch (for those who are not registering/arriving this day)
1:00 pm: Optional Tour of Wheaton Laboratories
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: Plotting and Scheming from overly comfortable chairs

Monday - Friday, Oct. 12-16, Innovators Event

7:30 am: Breakfast
8:30 am: Clever Tinkering and Innovating
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm: Devious Tinkering and Innovating
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: Plotting and Scheming from overly comfortable chairs

Friday, Oct. 16, Observation Day

7:30 am: Breakfast (for everyone besides obervation day ticket holders)
8:30 am: Registration for Observation Day Ticket Holders
8:30-10:30 am: Observe Your Hearts Out: Check Out the RMH Innovations
10:30-12:00: Optional Tour of Base Camp For Obersvervation Day Ticket Holders
12:30 pm: Lunch (for everyone including observation day ticket holders)
1:30-4:00 pm: Optional Tour of The Labratory for Observation Day Ticket Holders
4:00-6:00 pm: Observe Your Hearts Out: Check Out the RMH Innovations
6:00 pm: Dinner(for everyone besides obervation day ticket holders)

Saturday, Oct. 17

~Pyronaut Ticket Holders Only~
All Day: Wrapping up and finishing up visiting with the innovators

accomodations

We have beds, cots, a tipi, and tents. And there are some nearby lodges and cabins for rent. There is also a basic, but decent hotel about seven minutes away.

The price includes a spot to pitch a tent (and we will even provide the tents and sleeping bags - if needed). We do have a few bunks (some twin beds and some full sized beds), but they will go first to the instructors and innovators. For the people camping, we do have a wheelie bin pooper, and a shower heated by a compost pile.

For more information, see this thread at permies.

transportation

In addition to all of this we will provide a ride to and from the airport for any participants flying into Missoula.

If you are driving here, we have plenty of parking.

Om nom nom nom! (food)

Event participants will be invited to dine with Paul during the event. We will all dine together 3 meals a day on Wednesday through Friday of the tinkerer's circus, and 3 meals a day Mon.-Fri. of the Innovators Event week. Those who purchase the Pyronaut Ticket get all sorts of meals on their bonus days as well. See the itinerary for details. If you don't like what paul eats, you can bring your own food. The food served will be organic or better.

Tours

Last but not least, event participants will also get a tour of all the projects at base camp and the laboratory. If you want to get the tour, then listen up.

  • Pyronaut Ticket and Tinkerer's Ticket: Tour will be on Tuesday, Oct.6 at 1:00 pm.
  • Innovator's Ticket: Tour will be on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1:00 pm.
  • Observation Ticket: Tour will be throughout the day.

You will get to see three wofatis, the lemon tree project, the tipi, five rocket mass heaters at base camp, three J-Tube style rocket stoves, three rocket mass heaters at the laboratory, the solar "voltswagon", the "solar leviathan", the solar electric vehicles, the solar electric tractor, the solar electric sawmill, hugelkultur beds, Sepp Holzer's grain, a junkpole fence, a haybox cooker, berms, the berm shed, the bee hut, the porta-cabin, several skiddable structures, compost hot water showers, two poop beast systems, ant village, and more.

Additional Questions

If you have any more questions, refer to this thread at permies.

Contact Information

You can either email us at workshop@richsoil.com, or post questions to the Rocket Mass Heater Pyronaut Event thread at permies.

thanks

Many thanks!