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Better Wood Heat: DIY Rocket Mass Heater Videos

A rocket mass heater is:

• Cheap to run. About a tenth the cost of natural gas, electric or conventional wood heat.

• Clean. They emit about a hundredth of the smoke of a conventional wood stove.

• Good for the environment. Less than 2% of CO2 emissions of natural gas or electric heat. Can reduce your carbon footprint as much as parking 7 cars.

• Sustainable. It uses a renewable fuel which is easy to find and store.

• Cheap to build. About $200 to $600.

• Quick to build. Often built in a weekend

This 4-DVD set about how to build rocket mass heaters was released in September of 2016:

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The back cover of 4-DVD set box.
The back cover of 4-DVD set box.

DVD 1: Cob Style

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If a person was going to get just one DVD, this would be the one. A cob style rocket mass heater is “the old reliable”. We have two projects to demonstrate this technique. One in a log home and one in a tipi. We put one in a tipi as part of an experiment to test how warm a person can be with a rocket mass heater and zero insulation. We interview the couple that stayed in the tipi for the first winter, with a strong focus on how comfortable they were when it was 26 degrees below zero.

This DVD will also be available as a standalone DVD. We tried to make this DVD dual purpose. Something that could fit within the new 4-DVD set, and something that could fit for people that want just one DVD.

DVD 2: Pebble Style

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We will show the construction of three pebble style rocket mass heaters. The difference with these is that the mass is usually a wood bench filled with pebbles and rocks. A different aesthetic. These designs are (relative to cob style) easy to move and modify. They also tend to be lighter, thus, better for installing in places that have a wood floor.

DVD 3: Shippable Core

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The kickstarter from two years ago showed an early prototype. We were certain that by the time the video came out, people could buy a shippable core and plug it in. In the time that has passed, that didn’t happen. We ended up releasing a variety of information on how to make your own – and now, in this video, we supply the “how to” video for a variety of techniques.

DVD 4: Innovators Event

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Last fall we put on an event where Ernie and Erica invited several rocket mass heater innovators that they thought were the best in the world. Each innovator was provided with the materials to create whatever they wanted. The results were: “the ring of fire” – a rocket mass heater shaped in a circle with glass to show the burn; an outdoor rocket mass heater/cooker/smoker; A “batch box style” rocket mass heater with measured output cleaner than anything we have ever encountered; An indoor rocket stove, griddle and water heater.

Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie!

You have multiple options:

• The new 4-DVD set “Better Wood Heat: DIY Rocket Mass Heaters” (BWH)

• The old 4-DVD set “Wood Burning Stoves 2.0” (WBS2)

• Both – a total of 8 DVDs

• The new single DVD “Building a Cob Style Rocket Mass Heater” (DVD 1 of the new 4)

Digital Download (no physical DVDs)

Damn cheap! And you can start watching in minutes!

(Editors Note) All purchases are made via Pauls store, not the PRI Store. This can be located here, https://richsoil.com/wood-heat.jsp

click here for single video digital download $19.50

click here for WBS2 (4 videos) digital download $29.50

click here for BWH (4 videos) digital download $49.50

click here for BWH+WBS2 (8 videos) digital download $69.50

HD Streaming (no physical DVDs)

Fancy like Netflix or Amazon! And you can start watching in minutes!

click here for single video HD streaming $30.00

click here for WBS2 (4 videos) HD streaming $39.50

click here for BWH (4 videos) HD streaming $65.00

The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.


  1. I love the idea for better future.
    It is sad that the only way to make better future for the planes is only once one makes money out of knowledge.
    I found it offensive that you guys present something for sale and not to share the knowledge.
    Permaculture ethics have different vision of the world.

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Paul Wheaton is a good friend to the PRI and politely asked if we could spread the word on his films. To be very clear the PRI is not receiving any financial compensation for doing this. We respect the years of work and dedication that Paul has demonstrated to the Permaculture movement. While you make the statement that it is offensive to charge for this, we do respectfully disagree with that statement, as it is a very simplified statement to a larger ideology that is currently incompatible with the world as it is today.

    2. Hi Mijal – thank you for your feedback! We agree that free information is the best way to spread it, but at the same time, the reality of running a website and getting this information out there is that it all costs money – hosting fees, production costs, and not to mention, the hard working folks behind these projects that have their own families to support.

      We’re not ashamed to charge for a number of products and videos out there, but we also have a lot of free resources as well. Check out this page for lots of free resources you get for subscribing, and then of course, our forums are always information rich!

    3. There is a lot of RMH knowledge out there which is available for free. These folks have spent their time and money to present this information in a more professional and efficient manner, in their view.

      People seem to forget that the third pillar of sustainability is economic sustainability. By being economically sustainable it allows them to create more and better products.

    4. The bottom line of this conversation is:
      ONCE ANYONE IN ANY SUSTAINABLE PLAN USE MONEY they will FEED the greedy ruling system.
      Here in Peru I’ve had an experience of “trueke” exchange where no money were involved. In deed it was one of the most memorable events in my life.
      If you’ll keep thinking money involved you’ll never get of the hamster wheel……think how it could be done without need for money.

      One more point of view…..OK I can accept that at the beginning of the transformation is utopia to live without use of money…..wouldn’t be amazing to be able to buy DVD at more affordable price like 1/4 of the price asked?

      Why I am talking about the price? Here in Peru there are many Non Profit organizations…..those non profit organizations take advantage of the system, exploit the native labor and the guys in management they pay themselves luxurious apartment and reward themselves with huge salary….is that correct? Is it correct that the Pope of the Catholic Church live like a celebrity where as Jesus Christ had no material possesions whatso ever?
      Why in XXI century 60 000 000 people has to die every year as a result of hunger?

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