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Announcing a Rocket Stove Prototype Workshop with Ernie and Erica Wisner

October 8, 2012 | Rocket Stoves | 1 comments | Author:

We are very excited to announce that we’ll be hosting Ernie and Erica Wisner in April for a Rocket Stove Prototype Workshop! Anyone familiar with Milkwood knows how we feel about rocket stove technology, and many of our wider network … Read More


Rocket Stove Water Heater Redux

October 28, 2011 | Appropriate Technology, Cook It, Design It, Permaculture, Rocket Stoves | 58 comments | Author:

Rocket stoves are awesome, experimental, and a knowledge stream in flux. Or ours is, at any rate. Our rocket stove water heater has been doing its thing for nearly 3 years now, so we decided to take it apart and … Read More


Our rocket stove water heater: 2.5 years on

August 3, 2011 | Appropriate Technology, Build It, Design It, Permaculture, Rocket Stoves | 34 comments | Author:

*Update* – Since writing this article, we’ve deconstructed, improved, reconstructed and cobbed this rocket stove. Have a look here. Way back in the summer of 2009, we built a rocket stove water heater so we could have hot showers at … Read More


Rocket stove roundup

June 14, 2011 | Rocket Stoves, Uncategorized | 24 comments | Author:

At Milkwood Farm we love both our rocket stove water heater and our mini rocket stove, but with winter taking hold I’m dreaming of new ideas, so I thought I’d review what else is out there. DIY rocket stove technology … Read More


How to make a mini rocket stove

April 11, 2011 | Rocket Stoves, Uncategorized | 21 comments | Author:

Rocket stoves have become a part of our lives at Milkwood Farm. They’re hyper energy efficient, can be built out of rubbish and result in more usable heat that any other wood-burning system we’ve come across. Big love. It doesn’t … Read More


The Rocket-Powered Shower

July 12, 2009 | Permaculture Techniques, Rocket Stoves | 30 comments | Author:

rocket-powered shower diagram

Plan for our Rocket-Powered hot water system for the Basecamp shower + bath block

Spending all your day gathering sticks for a hot shower is just no fun. No fun at all. Mind you, anything that results in a hot shower (or even better, a hot bath) has to be considered a priority at Milkwood. So when Nick finished converting the old ‘Sunbeam Sheep Shower’ structure (basically a new-fangled sheepdip) to a shower block with a little wood-fired, home-made firebox thingamy to heat the water for the shower and the bath, that’s what we did. Lots of stick-gathering.


Rocket Mass Heaters: Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson

July 8, 2009 | Publications | 6 comments | Author:

rocket stoves cover
Rocket Mass Heaters – Superefficient wood stoves YOU can build (and snuggle up to)
Ianto Evans & Leslie Jackson

This is a great little book, and one that we used as inspiration (and practical advice) when building our Rocket-Powered Shower at Basecamp. It’s practical, straight-forward, and explains the premise and how-to of the concept clearly… and what a funky concept it is! We look forward to many future Rocket Stove projects… the possibilities are just about endless. This title is a darn good read for anyone interested in efficient, ethical and responsible heating, cooking or drying techniques.

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