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Date(s) - 8 Apr 2016 - 10 Apr 2016
6:00 pm


Learn how to take your heating and cooking solutions to the moon with Joel Meadows. Joel not only likes to burn things, he likes to burn things well, as in hyper-efficiently. We’re stoked to be hosting this course at Joel’s place in Castlemaine, Victoria where he’ll blow your socks off, shower you, and cook you dinner with a suite of simple, low cost and crazily fuel-efficient technologies.

Joel’s collaborator Tim Barker talks through a rocket stove hotplate/oven unit on a previous VEG workshop

In this one evening and two-day workshop we’ll see and/or build:

  • Low-tech in-place rocket stoves for household cooking (hotplate and oven)
  • In-place rocket stove house-scale hot water heaters
  • High-tech heat exchanger rocket-powered hotwater boosters
  • Micro-rocket stoves that can fit in a bike pannier (perfect for camping)
  • TLUD (top-lit updraft) stoves
  • Rammed sawdust stoves
  • Biolight thermoelectric stoves
  • Hyper-efficient solar-cooking


The Rocket Oven we built on a previous workshop (along with a rocket hot-water heater and a mini-rocket cooker all of which are working an absolute treat to this day).

See a full report on our last Rocket Stove workshop  here, and here are some testimonials:

“Thank you so much for an excellent workshop! I found it inspirational, creative, & inclusive. The food and hospitality were amazing. Tim was an excellent teacher, knowledgeable and friendly, and he really made the material accessible to people with all levels of understanding and experience” (Amy, Kyneton)

“Awesome workshop – nice group, good size, great people, knowledgeable teachers, excellent food. Communal meals brought group together which was lovely” (Past participant)

“Thanks so much I really enjoyed becoming familiarised with an important technology important to the future. I can’t think of how it could be better” (Past participant)

And be sure to check out this two-part article about one of Tim’s rocket ovens here and here.

DATES: This course actually starts 6pm Friday April 8th at Yandoit farm then Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th (finishing 4pm).  All food (amazing, home-cooked local organic) is provided along with basic camping facilities.

TIMES: We’ll start 6pm sharp Friday eve (you can arrange to come Saturday morning if you can’t make it Friday) and finish by 4pm Sunday.

VENUE: We’ll start out at the the magnificent emerging permaculture and regenerative agriculture demonstration farm of Michael & Lisa Jackson, in Yandoit near Castlemaine, Victoria. Detailed directions will be sent out once you register. We will see two finished and working examples here before travelling to the beautiful home of Joel and Cath in Castlemaine to see a combo rocket oven/hotplate and build even more.

COST: $350 for individuals or $300 per head for groups of two, $280 per head for groups of three, and $260 per head for groups of four or more.


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