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7 "Dragon Monster" Rocket Stove

7

"Dragon Monster"
Rocket stove
Project

"Dragon Monster 
Rocket Stove" construction


This project was developed during the 10 week internship of the Vale da Lama permaculture Institute.

The idea was to develop a 1 week long bio construction course that would combine different thecnics and that would create something useful for the farm.

Example of design of a roket stove

With the help of Nuno Mamede a bio construction expert, we decided to built a rocket stove to heat the volunteers house and that would also have an heated a bench.


O.B.R.E.D.I.M.C.E.

Observation

Intuitive Observation
-Empty wall in house
-Need for bio construction demonstration areas
-Bio construction course during internship
-Clay available
-Students motivation
-Cold house


Deductive Observation
-Need to divide in teams
-Around 15 students to help on the construction
-Straw bales available in the farm
-Clay available is of very good quality
-Possible to combine rocket with heated bench


D.A.F.O.R.
Priority of Ideas

Dominant
-Quality of clay
-Important that it works well

Abundant
-Time it will take to dry
-Enouth time for the construction

Frequent
-Number of students involved

Occasional
Limitations on materials and tools
Potential for getting great practical experience

Rare
Difficult to implement

Whats the plan mate?
Boundaries

Holistic objectives

Vision
The Vision for the “Dragon Monster” Rocket Stove is to create a strong educational experience in bio construction for the students of the internship.

Mission

The mission for this structure is to be as much multifuntional and efficient as possible on the improvement of the quality of life in the volunteers house.

Values

This project has as main values, education, integration, patience, sustainability, diversity, creativity and healing.

Quality of life
By developing this project i am looking to create a deeper understanding of the direct work with natural materials and the use of local resources in construction.

Future resource base
For the Future of this project the idea is that other permaculturists and volunteers can keep on learning and developing it.


Visible Boundaries
15 square meter area
Painted wall
Construction in the end of summer
Large cob input required
Limited working materials
Working volunteers

Invisible Boundaries
-Time
-Ideas for some areas
-Presence of client
-Limited knowledge
-Budget
-Time for maintenance and development
Never done before

Subtile boundaries
-The clay is a bit dispersive

Desire lines
-The Dragon Monster Rocket Stove is on top of a desire line

Small oven

D.A.F.O.R.
Bounderies
Dominant
-Constant flow of cob mix
Abundant
-Speed and time
Frequent
-Working force
Ocasional
-Lack of sleep due to night sessions
Rare
-Financial limitations


Resources

Visible Resources
-15 internship students
-Tons of clay
-Good organization
-Nuno Mamede cob expert
-Andy as Rocket expert
-Enthusiasm

Invisible resources
-knowledge
-Funding
-Abundance of ideas
-Night time


Imput and output analysis

Inputs
Needs

D.A.F.O.R.
Dominant
-Volunteers
-Clay
Abundant
-Tools
-Time plan
-Broken tiles
-Barrel
Frequent
-Weel barrel
-Straw
Occasional
-Measurements
Rare
-Lack of ideas

Mud pool

Outputs
Yields
Dominant
-Quality of life
-Knowledge
Abundant
-Demonstration project
-Warmer house
Frequent
-Learning Experience with local materials
Occasional
-Visits from students
-Ash
Rare
-Chapatis in micro oven

First bio construction tests on site

Evaluation

Limiting factors

What is limiting your yield?
-Its only used in cold months.

Were can i open more niches?
-Develop other parts of the house

What improvements can be done?
-Circulation of smoke

How to extend limits and comfort zones?
-Test new colourfull protections for the plaster


Energy leaks

Where are you bleeding?
-Wen built in autumn it takes long time to dry

S.W.O.C.
Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Abundance of clay
Inspired students
Experienced teachers
Time
Weather
Never tried
Education
Networking
Experience
Climate
Finance


Systems dynamics

Key functions
Learning
Heating
Cooking

Systems to support the key functions
Cultivating
Practicing
Researching
I.T.

Elements to support the systems
Myself
Volunteers
Students
Teachers
Other permaculturists

Relations + + between systems
Forest + + Rocket
Rocket + + Volunteers
Volunteers + + Forest

Soil Science

Design

Master plan
Moment 1
-Colect clay

Moment 2
-Built bricks tower

Moment 3
-Make cob

Moment 4
-Instal flue circulation system

Moment 5
-Built bench

Moment 6
-Art


Traditional stove

Rocket stove

Zoning

-The Dragon Monster Rocket stove is part of zone 0

P.M.I.
Plus
Minus
Interesting
Resources very close
Fast development
National exposure
Create the opportunity for permaculturists to learn
Experience on design and implementation
Maintenance
Not much time for observation
Combining with other educational activities


Constant use during cold winter
Confort of volunteers
Sharing achievements with other permaculturists




Filtering Tools
Permaculture Ethics

Care for earth

Reduce
We have used local resources

Reuse
Old barel for micro oven

Recycle
Old broken tiles for isulation

Repair
Damaged wall repaired


Care for people

Social landscapes

Landscape used for many visits, courses, and education for volunteers.


Fair share

Open visits to the Rocket
Information
Knowledge

Permaculture Principles

The most frequent principles applied were:

The problem is the solution
Integrate rather than segregate
Start small
Use local resources
Each element must perform several functions

Financial analysis 

Considering most of the materials were local the cost were mainly to pay the teachers and metal tubes and clay fire  bricks

Total budget
About 1000 euros

Quality of life

-The goal we have tried to achieve, was to improve the quality of life of the volunteers creating a warmer place for them to live




Implementation

D.A.F.O.R.
Dominant
Gather all materials needed
Abundant
Observation
Testing clay
Frequent
-Frw mixed with clay for cob
Occasional
-Smaller particles of clay for plastering
Rare
-Art development


Space

-The project was design to use as much as possible the space without compromising the room.

Some cracks had to be repaired

Maintenance

S.W.O.C.
Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Education
Enjoying
Cleaning
Cuting wood
Experiments
Experience
Weather
Time

Door to clean inside
Collecting data

Most of the data collecting was done by videos and pictures since the beginning of the project.

The video reports can be seen at my You Tube Channel HERE


Built with love

Celebration

D.A.F.O.R.
Dominant
Courses
Visits
Abundant
Observation
Frequent
-Art
-Music playing
-Meditation
Occasional
-Chapati night
Rare
Painting



S.W.O.C.

Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Central area of farm
Frequent students
Creates a lot of inspiration

Time
Only used in cold months
Education
Sharing
Relaxing
Exchange

Combining with other developments
Space for big groups


EVENTS

Characteristics
The events organized in the “Dragon Monster” Rocket stove were mostly related to education, having the students maintaining and developing some of the elements, and also researching and designing.

Many events are also related to the celebration of this implemetatio, like pizza nights, chapati nights, and jam sessions.


Wood storage

Evaluation

Limiting factors

What is limiting your yield?
-The factor that limits mostly the use of this strategy is the need for having clay available.

Were can i open more niches?
- There is a lot of potential on the use of rocket stoves in colder climates and is very good strategy to promote sustainable energy use.

What improvements can be done?
-Make the system in a way that it can be maintained by a small number of people

How to extend limits and comfort zones?
-Other bio construction experts can come and get inspired by this construction.

S.W.O.C.
Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Knowledge
Experience
Attitude
Networking
Timming
Angsiety
Patience

Personal and professional growth
Quality of life
Learning
Time
Quality of materials
Luck

It works!!!

What would i do different?

 I think what i would do different would be to do it thru a longer period instead of the 5 days, so that we could go more slowly and more focused.

I would also do it on the spring time so that it would have time to dry out and be ready to be used on the cold winter .

Final observations

This was without any doubts one of the most inspiring projects ive ever participated, mostly because of developing it with a great permaculturist friend , Nuno Mamede and also because of the team spirit that we were able to create among the students of the internships.

More important than a course or a construction its the ability to create a real team that operates like and unique organism and that self regulates cording to the needs of the system.

Wen working with students of permaculture the end result and the quality of the developments, is measured by the inter relations that the students create among them selves , connections and relations that last for ever even if the people will never meet again.



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