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Local Living Venture plans tour to show energy saving technologies


CANTON - According to a local organization that is sponsoring tours of mass masonry and rocket stove heaters on April 5 in St. Lawrence County, it doesn’t cost a fortune to set up a heating system in your home that will luxuriantly warm you twice from a small amount of wood.

“In fact, you can build many of these completely for free out of reclaimed materials and natural elements right under your feet!” states Local Living Venture tour organizer Jackie Bartholomew.

“Add to that the fact that it’s virtually impossible to have a house fire from one of these style of stoves, and you will be impressed.”

According to homeowner Chelle Lindahl, who hosts a tour of the Local Living Venture’s Rocket Mass Masonry Heater Project in her home, these are “do it yourself” projects for space heat and water heating that are fun and well worth a few days work to have one in your home, business, or greenhouse.

Some aficionados of this emergent technology claim that you can burn as much as 90 percent less wood when combined with a mass heater, that radiates the heat from the stove back into the room for hours or days after the fire is out, not just when the stove is going.

This has a significant impact on cost for the homeowner by using less wood. It also means less tree felling, splitting, stacking, and hauling for the average wood stove user. Not all masonry heater users will see a 90 percent reduction in fire wood consumption, but even a 50 percent reduction is significant.

Another huge factor is that there is virtually no possibility of dangerous creosote build-up or house fires due to run-away flame, due to the vertical burn chamber (instead of the horizontal feed chambers of all wood stoves.)

A tour of several homes using mass heaters and rocket stove technology in the St. Lawrence River Valley (Canton/Potsdam area), is being coordinated by the Local Living Venture.

Some of the homes being toured use masonry heaters with traditional burn chambers, others use rocket stove technology for cooking and water heating, and yet others combine the two features into one large, efficient unit for warming the home.

Several sites will be toured but attendance is limited so attendees need to sign up for details.

The tour format is a “caravan” style of cars going from one home to the next, spanning five homes from Pyrites (near Canton) to Southville (near Parishville). Attendees can join in for some or all of the homes being toured and carpooling options are being provided as well, for those who are interested in taking the whole tour.

Attendees must RSVP for the locations and itinerary with the first house being toured at 10 a.m. and the last at 4 p.m. To register contact or (315) 347-4223 with your name(s), phone numbers, number in party, and indicating their interest in the carpooling option. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Event organizer the Local Living Venture (LLV) sponsors workshops promoting traditional rural and simple living skills with the motto “Sharing Knowledge from the Past - Building Skills for the Future.” Listings of upcoming workshops and events are on the “Workshop Schedule” page at

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