Mysterious Manifolds MADE REAL! Cooking along...
We just crossed our $42K stretch goal a little after midnight, and I am already gathering manifold photos and drawings into a folder for this eBook project.
A lot of us are getting excited about the Rocket Kitchens project- our $45 K stretch goal. I've already heard back from three builders whose projects I'd like to feature.
So let's make it happen! Today is our chance!
Here are some photos that just arrived from Flemming and Karen Abrahamsson in Denmark:
In case that was too rectilinear and minimalist for you, here is Flemming's curvy personal tea stove (built into his desk!) Just a simple super-insulated rocket, that burns clean enough that he is comfortable using it indoors (like a propane stove). Maybe he has a vent over it, I don't know. That would be a good interview question...
And this next is not a kitchen - it's a stunt - but I have to share it with you.
A Modular Rocket Mass Heater.
The "barrel" is really a water-jacket tank to power a hydronic floor for this expo dome. and the whole thing can be moved around on palettes with a fork lift. I believe this photo is during setup. It worked, and the whole thing was moved (dome and all) for other shows.
I don't know whose idea it was that a one-layer glass dome was the best way to host a green building expo in chilly Scandinavia, but the Abrahamssons really saved their bacon when it came to the heating bill.
If we make our pie-in-the-sky $50K stretch, that would definitely be a candidate for the top 12 rockets glossy rag.
Maybe it looks ordinary to you, but the sheer technical scope of being able to move and re-assemble the mass, and have it hold heat for comfort seating, AND do hydronic plumbing off the thing, AND have it elegantly finished so it looks like it just dropped into being from an architect's foam-core and CAD conceptual studio... well, that's mastery for you.
The Abrahamssons impress the hell out of me.
And they are always smiling, too.
There are some very nice people involved in this field, and some very exciting things happening. Thanks for giving me an excuse to call it "work."
(Ernie is sleeping, like a sensible, diurnal person)