Episode-2153- Paul Wheaton on Rocket Mass Heaters

Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture, was proclaimed the Duke of Permaculture by Geoff Lawton in 2012. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture, permies.com, and one is about software engineering, CodeRanch.com. Paul is bonkers about permaculture.

A few years ago he set about turning over 100 acres of Montana mountain land into a true permaculture community.  Building housing in a form he calls a WOFATI and experimenting with hundreds of options for sustainable living off the grid.

Central to this has been heating through brutally cold Montana winters.  To do this Paul has amped up research and work on rocket mass heaters to levels never seen before.  He joins us today to discuss rocket mass heater technology and how it can be used by anyone for sustainable heating.  You can learn more about Paul and all his exploits at Permies.com

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9 Responses to Episode-2153- Paul Wheaton on Rocket Mass Heaters

  1. Hey, Paul I got your 1st rocket mass heater DVDS.  However, I live in the land of over-regulation where they don’t allow new fireplace construction.  Is there any data out there that show the output of particulate matter?  I would like to go to our air quality control board and be able to show these aren’t polluters like fireplaces. They are mostly concerned about the particulate matter rather than CO2.   Any reports anywhere?

  2. This was a great podcast. I am very very interested in building my own rocket mass heater.

    Paul is really funny! You guys crack me up.

    The Facts of Life: Mrs Garrett, Blair, Jo, Tootie, and Natalie… I spent too many hours watching tv in the 80’s 🙁


  3. Jan, does this help at all?




  4. I love the idea of a masonry heater, but not real easy or practical to retrofit in an existing home.  Plus the barrel thing in my living room…Not sure I can sell the hillbilly look to the fam!

  5. That teardrop version came to mind when you mentioned

  6. Was I the only one that had issues with the payback of this podcast? I had many places where Jack and Paul were talking over each other.

    • Modern Survival

      Um if you listened to the intro that was explained right when I introduce Paul, it was weird never saw it before but I think I now know what happened.