As part of the light straw clay home/office project it was important to us to demonstrate techniques for off grid living. This project is particularly important because Pine Ridge Reservation currently has a huge shortage of viable firewood. Hardwood such as ash and elm are hard to come by so it is very important to have as an efficient stove as possible so as to conserve dwindling resources. A rocket mass heater is an extremely efficient and affordable heat source. Building one is easy but has many tricks to making it work effectively. This project has been a learning process for us and our long time friend and supporter, John Victor Anderson. We have used this stove to heat the home office for the past three winters and are still making adjustments. Our goal is to continue building more rocket mass heaters and perfecting the process while including local community members so that we can support others to do the same.

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