Rocket Mass Heaters Boast High Efficiency in the Blustery North

While we still have some cool weather ahead, here's a great look at the unbelievable efficiency of rocket mass heaters even against an icy, frigid backdrop. A lot of people assume these wood stoves are only Southwest appropriate—not so!

Important note: Building departments in most towns still don't recognize rocket mass heaters—which presents  a bit of a blockade for a lot of applications where you'd need a building permit or, for insurance purposes, would want everything built in your home or office to be up to code and compliant. Still, this heating model is gaining ground in a big way throughout the United States and world... maybe it's only a matter of time? We like to think efficiency would be rewarded. Let's just hope the heating fuel companies don't buy up some rocket mass heater patent, a la Big Oil and the electric car.


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.