By: Kevin Schmidt on January 16, 2015
Most of you know what a Rocket Stove is, but for those of you who don’t, let me explain. Afterwards I’ll share how we are uniquely using them to solve lower water temps and further reduce electrical cost.
First, picture in your mind the letter J. That’s basically the blueprint. The small end is an open hole to place small sticks. The flat part at the bottom acts as the burner that “jets” air through it. Then the high part of the J is the flue.
At the bottom rear of the J is an opening, often referred to as the manifold. There you can do many magnificently efficient designs for stoves, mass wall heaters, floor heaters, hot water tanks, etc. And many are simply beautiful.
YouTube has what seems to be an endless supply of Rocket Stove videos. So to get a better visual, simply YouTube: ‘Rocket Stove’.
Now on to how we are going to use our Rocket Stoves for aquaponics.
Keeping the water temperature around 75 degrees or higher has been a slight problem in the East Texas winter. To combat that, we are going to cycle water out of the aquaponic systems and into hot water tanks that are heated by the Rocket Stoves. From there the heated water returns back to the aquaponics system.
What we are doing is adding an element of permaculture design to our aquaponics. Everything remains the same, except for small amounts of the systems water is siphoned off to be heated and will return back to the main body of water.
This looks like a solution many of you may be able to use, too. We will be sharing the progress of our test in our video blogs. So stay tuned for those.
We hope the videos we post soon will spark your own creativity where you can implement Rocket Stoves to reduce your electrical cost.
As always, here at Doodley Dee’s Farm we will share our knowledge with you…please share yours with us!
Here’s to good eating,