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In my quest to learn to be self-sufficient after TEOTW, I have found a good site describing how to actually USE a wood stove to cook and heat your house. I figure, the way to be self-sufficient, really, is to know how to be like my great-great-grandmother. You know, baking/cooking from scratch, scrubbing laundry by hand, living without electricity, and the like. Hopefully it'll never come to this. But if it does...your average person is going to starve to death!
It all started as rocket stoves, very fuel efficient little cooking stoves that help reduce pollution in the third world and make much more efficient use of wood fuel in places where deforestation is a serious issue. What started as an idea to help making cooking a safer, more healthy exercise in the third world has taken on a new life as permaculture advocates have adapted the rocket stove into the rocket mass heater in North America. www.greenenergyfu...