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Rocket Stove Takes Wood Heat To New Level
Rocket heater stoves have been around for a long time, but Sky Huddleston and his father, Phillip, have designed and manufactured the first stove that meets UL standards. The Liberator rocket heater installs like a conventional wood stove, but uses less fuel.

    “We set out to fill a void to make a rocket heater that is UL-rated and uses sticks and small fuel sources to heat houses very inexpensively,” says Sky. While many rocket heaters are mass heaters enclosed in concrete or stone, the Missouri entrepreneurs wanted something simpler for customers to install.

    With a sideways burn, fuel is fed from the top, and the stove reaches 600 degrees in less than 5 minutes. By using a lot of air, rocket heaters burn fast to efficiently use all the fuel’s volatile compounds resulting in a low exhaust temperature (less than 300 degrees) and very little smoke.

    The 165-lb., 3-ft. tall steel stove has cooling fins to radiate heat. While the stove requires refueling every hour or so, the Huddlestons are working on a pellet hopper for fuel pellets. One bag of pellets lasts about 8 hrs. They are also working on an outside intake air adapter to further increase the stove’s efficiency.

    The Huddlestons manufacture the stoves themselves with U.S-made A36 hot-rolled steel. The current price is $1,500, but they hope to reduce the price as production becomes more efficient.

    Videos on the Liberator website show how the heater works.

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Liberator LLC, 350 Farris Spur, Bourbon, Mo. 65441 (ph 573 468-4043; www.rocketheater.com; smhuddleston@rocketmail.com)

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #6