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Rocket Mass Heater Jamboree
October 2nd-10th, 2021
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Rocket Mass Heater Jamboree at Wheaton labs 2021

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Only 2 tickets left!!


About the RMH 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 innovation.



Seven Tracks of Rocket Technology :

TRACK ONE –  Food and 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
  • Test "Sand Insulation" upgrade on Red shed heater core
  • Install replacement rocket in Love Shack (or at least improve chimney and thermal mass)


  • TRACK 4: Testing and improving design
  • Efficiency/Clean Burn Tests on Existing Appliances
  • Tipi Rocket Bench Rebuild
  • Workshop Rocket (heat riser insulation)
  • Bell vs. pipe bench "burnoff"
  • Bun Warmer (Making it "pretty")
  • Puppy Warmer (test 4" exhaust to see if it improves performance)
  • Library Rocket (rebuild intake, pebble bench)


  • TRACK 5: Rocket Skills
  • PEP welding
  • PEP rocket (basic brick core build)
  • PEP natural building (cob)


  • TRACK 6: Homesteading Skills
  • PEP Gardening (hugel)
  • PEP cob
  • PEP food prep (lots of cooking with rocket stuff, solar ovens, etc)
  • PEP natural medicine
  • (maybe) PEP Textile


  • TRACK 7: Bonus Wild Experiments
  • Rocket Desk/Table/Workbench
  • Rocket Wood Steamer/bender
  • Rocket Hot Tub Heater
  • Rebuild large shop heater against wall so trucks can be worked on in winter
  • Insulate buildings to improve performance
  • Spontaneous innovation - other projects that might come up during the event!




  • 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



    Instructors

    Chris McClellan -- Instructor:
    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.

    Kirk Mobert -- Instructor
    Kirk is a natural builder who has taught with Cob Cottage Co. and around California for over a decade. Kirk's particular interest in Rocket Stoves and Rocket Mass Heaters is in providing a pathway to super efficient, high technology solutions; with low technology, do it yourself methods. Kirk, also known as Donkey, is the administrator of donkey32.proboards.com, a hotspot for discussion and innovation of all things Rocket Stove.

    Christina Keegan -- Instructor
    Christina Keegan organizes mutual aid projects with neighbors in Cleveland, Ohio to meet basic needs, advance housing justice, and advocate for greater community control of decision-making.  Her work as a grant writer, project manager, teacher and builder focuses on developing healthy, affordable housing and community self-reliance. Her tools include rocket mass heaters, natural building, Permaculture and other urban land regeneration practices.

    Ray Cirino -- Instructor
    Ray Cirino is an inventor, happy scientist, permaculturalist, natural builder, cob oven and rocket stove master.  As a skilled woodworker, natural builder, welder and artist, Ray teaches young people proven sustainable skills and methods. A prime mover and shaker in a world that has become less sustainable, he promotes the abundances nature offers.

    Sky Huddleston -- Instructor
    Sky Huddleston is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the renewable energy industry and commercializing obscure technologies. Over a decade of combustion system engineering experience including the engineering of diesel engines, aircraft engines, and biomass combustion systems for residential and commercial applications. Extensive experience in mechanical engineering, drafting, and design. He is currently the CEO of Liberator Rocket Heaters, which has the worlds first and only rocket mass heater that is tested and certified to being compliant with UL-1482, ULC-S627, ATSM-E-1509 safety standards, and fully EPA certified.

    Rodney Morgan -- Instructor
    Rodney Morgan has a Masters in Sustainability and has been working with energy building energy efficiency and alternate designs for over 15 years. He is a Small Wind installer, CPHC (PHIUS, Passive House), Landfill Manager, Hazcom 40, and Mud Buddie. In short, an overeducated mechanic that enjoys playing in the mud and preserving the planet.

    Isaac Workman - Instructor
    Isaac became interested in Permaculture in his teenage years. After attending a PDC in 2016 he decided this would be a direction he would pursue for his life. Since 2019 Isaac has been pursuing opportunities and projects that allow for learning and practice in natural building, wood working, farming, and videography. Isaac often spends his other time working on sailboats.

    Paul Wheaton -- Host/Instructor
    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.

    Amelia Morgan -- Chef
    Amelia is a lifelong learner who is excited to explore and expand the social aspect of permaculture through edible hospitality! She attended a PDC at Cloughjordan Ecovillage in Ireland in 2018, and has been utilizing many of the great tips and links from the Wheaton Labs network on her 5 awkward mountain acres in North Idaho. She has appreciated teaching from the Weston Price Foundation, and attended a Foundation for Functional Fermented Food in-person seminar, both of which have had a significant influence on her concept of, and preparation of food which she considers to be a creative work in progress.



    Tickets

    Work Trade for Rocket Mass Heater Jamboree
    Work a 7 weeks in Bootcamp for a ticket to the RMH Jamboree!

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    Is Oct 2 and Oct 10 partial days for arriving/leaving, or does 10/2 begin at 7am with breakfast? I wasn't sure if I need to get plane tickets arriving the evening of 10/1 for the classes to start the morning of 10/2, or if noon-ish or 6pm of 10/2 works, as well as when on 10/10 getting back to Missoula to fly home, is a 1pm flight out too early?

    Edit 6/3/21: Paul explained that both Oct 2 and 10 are considered full days, so people should plan accordingly.
     
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    i wonder if the canadian/usa border will open up before this?
     
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    Agreed! We were just talking about that over here.
     
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    The weird thing is that I have talked to people that are crossing borders without any problems - as if the borders are currently open.
     
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    I would think that a person with documentation of vaccination would have an easier time of it, but there's probably a web site or phone number to check what the requirements are for entering both the US and Canada from the other.
     
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    it is weird indeed. I just heard about someone who was travelling from washington to alaska on a solar powered boat. They apparently are not allowed to land in canada anywhere.
    They have this customs sign displayed on their boat that the border gave them.
     
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    A few questions:

    1) I supported the Kickstarter for SKIP. I clicked that I wanted to be in the running for 1 of 6 tickets to this event. I assume I didn't receive one, but it would have been nice (i.e. for future Kickstarters) to have been told I definitely didn't get one. It was a major part of the reason I supported the Kickstarter, all the while fully expecting to buy a ticket if I didn't get a "free" one. Because I am not super familiar with the email and forum system, despite lurking for years, I wasn't aware of how I would be contacted or if I would be contacted in the event of not receiving a "free" ticket. Because of that I was a few days late on the Super Early Bird time frame. It appears, however, it must have been extended (or it just wasn't updated on schedule), because I only ended up paying super early bird pricing after going through the payment process. I am grateful for that. Am I sure to have not received a "free" ticket by this point? How soon after a Kickstarter end are tickets awarded?

    2) I opted out of tickets on previous Kickstarters, so I didn't care back then, but I assume next year's Kickstarter will offer tickets to whatever events take place, and I fully expect to support the Kickstarter and may be interested in the PDC or ATC or both, if things go as I hope. Is there any way we can get a run down on which levels of support actually ended up absorbing those "free" tickets? That may just push some of us "gamblers" into a higher bracket for future Kickstarter support.

    3) The forum says someone "should" contact me soon. Am I being impatient to think a month after getting a ticket is pushing soon? Am I looking in the right place? Will I get an email with detailed instructions about directions, etc? I somewhat grasp the dynamics of the empire and am not trying to pressure anyone into work outside the regularly scheduled updates. I like to plan things way in advance, and I was hoping to find out what kind of accommodations for sleeping (indoor/outdoor, wofatis, tipis, basecamp, Fisher-Price, etc.) are available, expected distances between sleeping areas, eating areas, and all the different tracks, etc.

    4) The site says we should expect to be recorded, and I was wondering if all tracks are being recorded, which would mean I don't need to bring a video camera or at least not expect to have it on ALL the time, and whether the tracks will be purchasable later, or if attendees would receive access to those recordings as part of ticket price?

    5) Speaking of battery powered stuff, is there access to electricity for charging devices? Is the Lab in cell phone range? Should I expect my work to not have contact for 10 days? I have US Cellular, can anyone speak to reception for that cell service on site?

    6) Is there a limit to the number of tickets available for this Jamboree, and is there a running total somewhere? I seem to recall a cap of 45 on one of the older podcasts about a PDC. I have invited a few people, one of which has accepted the offer to join me. Can I pressure some others with facts about limited ticket amounts or just the normal haranguing about missed opportunities?

    Thanks for any help!
     
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    Kevin,

    1  The tickets through the kickstarter have been sent out.  I was going to say that I sent out an update telling everybody that if you didn't get an email about it, then you didn't get the ticket.  But when I double checked I see that I never did send that email.  So I need to do that right now!  (there were a lot of people that added a  bunch to their kickstarter pledge amount - and that made all the difference)

    2  I think you are asking "what was the lowest dollar amount of backing that ended up getting a ticket?"  ??

    3 Thanks for the heads up.  I just talked to Lara and she is getting you set up with the next steps to coming out here right now.  I hope we get much better at this and get a healthy response within hours.

    4 We encourage people to record.  We had trouble in the past with people insisting that they not be recorded.  We have no plans to formally record this event at this time.

    5.1  We offer charging of stuff at basecamp.

    5.2  At basecamp, people get full bars for verizon and AT&T.   At the lab, both are poor, but AT&T is a little better.

    6 We currently cap events to 48 due to the amount of seating we have for meals.  My impression at the moment is that there are more than ten seats available.  


     
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    1 - update now sent https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/skip-0/posts/3240904

    Thanks for pointing this out kevin.  PIE for you ....
     
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    Thank you, Paul, for the quick and thorough response. I appreciate you taking the time to write on here.

    2) Yes, more or less. My wording was confusing. I would say I am wondering what the breakdown was by tiers of support. I could understand you not wanting to give out that info, though; that does sound a lot like WORK. :D

    Thanks for the PIE! I look forward to sharing in this mutually loved dessert in a non-digital way in a few months!
     
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    I have questions about the different tracts and the available sessions.  Are there 4 sessions per tract per day or 1 session for 4 different tracts each day (so that you can follow 4 tracts seamlessly)? Do all tracts start on the 2nd and finish on the 10th? Also, will there be resource material provided for each tract, or are we limited to our observations, notes, and tracts we followed?
    Thanks!
     
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    This sounds amazing! I’m a mold avoider, and sensitive to a lot of things, including most buildings (which is why I’m learning about permaculture and building my own house on my new property).

    If I register, would I be able to bring my 2-man tent in case I don’t do well in the sleeping accommodations there?
     
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    Shannon,

    In order to accurately answer your question, I need to know the answer to the age old question:  how long is a piece of string?

    The key is that we will have several experts working on several projects simultaneously.  Sometimes a project will be complete in 2 days.  And sometimes that same project which we thought would take two days, takes two weeks.  

    Complicate that further with the covids and border issues and some of our instructors are currently working on getting visas.  

    So while I have successfully dodged your reasonable question, I think I have given you the information you seek.  ??
     
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    This is going to be great fun!
     
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    Thank you Paul!
    That does answer many questions.
    Follow-up question: How many tracts can one follow and understand what is going on?  Is it best to stick to 1 or 2 tracts and find friends in the other ones?
    This is my first program there and am unsure of the structure and what to expect.
     
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    With the jamboree format, it seems most people quickly pick one track that is their favorite and spend about 80% of their time on one track - but they still tend to check out other tracks every day.
     
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    Thank you!
    That really helps me prepare.
     
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    Hi Wheaten Labs:

    Is there shared bunk house space available for the RMH?  And, if there is bunk space available, is there an extra cost?
    Also, if I bring a tent, how far is it from base camp? In the thread it seemed like it was 2 miles away.

    Thanks for clarification.


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    Hi, i partially built a rocket mass heater with an aircrete design L shape, but i bought the plans from honeydo carpenter from idaho, but he only sent plans for the box promising to send the rest later, its been 2 years now. I cant figure out how to finish it and im hoping you could help me complete it. It is an awesome stove heating 1200 sq ft for 20 hours with 2 logs. I need help with the riser and the door. Im willing to bring it all to montana or if you know an instructor who would come to slc, utah that would be great too. We have instruction vidoes to watch as well, but they are incomplete. Im wanting to pay for the help, but im not sure what an intructor would want. We just need to complete it, and it seems like your team may know someone with the knowhow to tackle this, and i dont care if they want to make their own as well. Im willing to share the plans i have for the aircrete box. Thanks, i hope to hear from you soon.
     
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    Kent,

    What we have here are very different designs.  If you come to the rocket mass heater jamboree, you will see several designs, and be able to participate in several builds,  but none of them featuring aircrete.
     
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    Hi Kent;
    Packing a whole stove up and bringing it to Montana sounds like too much effort.
    How about taking some pictures of what you have.
    Start a new thread in the Rocket Mass Heater Forum.     https://permies.com/f/260/rocket-mass-heaters
    Tell us what you are having trouble with and maybe we can point you in the right direction.
    Aircrete is not very popular as it will not hold up in the long term.
    L tube designs are also not popular with the open feed tube sparks are a constant concern.
    Needing to push feed wood to an L tube is another issue.

    Lots of experienced builder's  here, I'm sure we can help you.
    I build Rocket stove doors and parts for a living ,possibly I can help you.
    Check out my website at https://dragontechrmh.com/
     
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    ajeet khalsa wrote:Hi Wheaten Labs:

    Is there shared bunk house space available for the RMH?  And, if there is bunk space available, is there an extra cost?
    Also, if I bring a tent, how far is it from base camp? In the thread it seemed like it was 2 miles away.



    People who tent, tend to tent at basecamp where we have lots of tent pads, and several spots that don't need a tent pad.

    Some people rent a bunk in the bunkroom.  

    We are currently constructing the solarium which might be ready in time for the rmhj, but there will be an rmh built in there during the event, so i am not sure if that is appealing.   At the moment, we are not renting those bunks out until we are sure that it will be available.

    I'll ask lara to pop in here and share information about the availability of bunks in the bunkroom.
     
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    Hi Ajeet!
    I’m currently in the process of situating our instructors for this event. Once this is complete I’ll have a better idea of what is available for guest rentals. That should be in the next week.

    I believe we’ll have space in the Fisher Price House (that’s Paul’s house at Basecamp) bunkroom, or the bunkroom in Cooper Cabin on the Lab property. That’s the one that’s about 2 miles down the road; during events, a shuttle runs morning and evening to bring guests to Basecamp and back to the lab in the evening.

    Does that make sense?
    If you want to ask more questions you can definitely ask them here, as others might have the same questions, or email me at lara@richsoil.com if you prefer.
     
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    We have two additional instructors to announce!


    Kirk "Donkey" Mobert



    http://sundogbuilders.net



    sky huddleston



    https://www.rocketheater.com/


    And I think we will have eight more build leaders lined up in the next two to three days, including a rather famous author on the topic, two rocket mass heater builders that do amazingly beautiful cob work, and a tinkerer that does beautiful tinekerings (including a rocket hot tub).





     
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    Thanks, that’s very helpful! I don’t remember it past mid-September either, but it’s been an extra dry year, so I figured a late fire season could be possible!
     
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    Another builder/instructor:  Isaac Workman

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    another build leader / instructor ...

    Ray Cirino

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    appreciating all the prep going on to make the jamboree awesome.

    Here's news of an extra ticket (getting sad now). I won a free ticket from sponsoring the book (thanks so much! love these awesome collaborations) and I was preparing to fly from Asia (Taiwan) to attend, linking it with a family event.

    Now, delta. And everything has upped in complexity. Family created an alternative way for me to participate from her.

    It was a delightful few months imagining being there with y'all in October, but - tearing up a tad - I pass my ticket back to Wheaton Labs. I'll not be attending. My dreams of metalwork and other rocket heating fun will be explored more alone.

    Thanks all, for all you do.
     
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    thanks for the apple! (blush)
    and re-reading my own post I had a sudden inspiration to still set those days aside to explore permies forum more, plus put all the other SKIP goodies into order to make accessible to the community right here.
    Who says I must be jamboree-deprived. I'll celebrate from here.
     
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    I just noticed the dedicated page for the Jamboree seems to have copied over text from the events a few months back- the FAQ question about "what should I wear?" gives a weather report for June...

    Wish things were more favorable for me to make the journey to the event this year, Missoula in October sounds inviting (oh and that learning cool stuff thing too).
     
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    Coydon Wallham wrote:I just noticed the dedicated page for the Jamboree seems to have copied over text from the events a few months back- the FAQ question about "what should I wear?" gives a weather report for June...

    Wish things were more favorable for me to make the journey to the event this year, Missoula in October sounds inviting (oh and that learning cool stuff thing too).



    Thank you, Coydon!

    I just updated that section to have info for October!
     
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    One of the instructors at the Rocket Mass Heater Jamboree is:


    Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan), who:  "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".


                             
     
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    Another instructor at the Rocket Mass Heater Jamboree in October: Christina Keegan

    Christina has apprenticed at the Natural Cottage Project and has led introductory workshops in cob building and rocket mass heaters. She started out with a one-month Winternship at the Strawbale Studio in Oxford, MI. Christina also co-manages two urban farms in her hometown of beautiful Cleveland, OH.


     
    Oh, sure, you could do that. Or you could eat some pie. While reading this tiny ad:
    Rocket Mass Heater Manual - now free for a while
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