Liberator Rocket heaters for your home
Does anyone have/know about rocket heaters for your home? Liberator is the only one l’ve found any info on that is certified. Does anyone have one? Know if they really work? Any info? Thanks. Have a totally electric house and hoping to find an alternative heat source.
Jay ValenciaContributor - April 4, 2021
I have heard of outdoor rocket stoves before that are primarily designed for cooking, but have not ever seen an indoor rocket heater before this one.
I think most people use wood stoves for alternative indoor heating, but as that guy points out on his site, his rocket heater design is supposed to be more fuel efficient. I’d like to see a comparison of his rocket heater vs. different wood stoves in the same price range and see which uses more fuel, and what puts out the most heat.
LBV - April 6, 2021
I have a friend who uses a rocket stove to heat his greenhouse over the winter.
Alicia - April 17, 2021
The liberator has flexible fuel options. If you’re looking for an alternative that doesn’t have to be so flexible, my brother has used a wood pellet stove for years. It really works well and gets sat upon regularly when I visit over December holidays – not too hot to touch . It’s pretty low maintenance, no odor and less obtrusive than the liberator. I don’t know what brand he has but it looks something like the one in this blog. I’m sure some online research would help you find brands/sizes.
If you’re looking for something less permanently installed, we used kerosene heaters growing up. They did have a bit of a smell when they were burning and definitely when filling them.
Liz Klein - April 17, 2021
Alicia, do you know how expensive wood pellets are? I know it was your brother that had the stove, but I’m curious now about pellet stoves after reading a bit on that link you provided. I like the idea that wood pellets are made of old wood waste and it may be a potential ‘greener’ option than buying harvested wood.
Alicia - April 18, 2021
Hi Liz, I know he gets them by the pallet which makes them cheaper but also require a large storage area – maybe ok outside covered in a tarp. He has propane heat as well and I think this is cheaper but certainly more effort comparatively. Like firewood, you need a lot to heat a home for a winter. Here’s a link to one supplier. I’m sure there are others that would be local to you. This is definitely something where shipping would be hefty as they’re heavy. I was impressed by the safety aspect and how convenient they are compared to tending a fire -just keep adding to the hopper like a bird feeder and clean out the ash bucket/tray once a week or so. All without turning it off.
Liz Klein - April 18, 2021
$5.50 for a 40lb bag? That’s better than I thought it would be, and if bought in bulk and resourced well that price could get even lower.
I like that low maintenance idea. I’m not a very good prepper and am not the best at fire making… hopefully something I will work on and improve.
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