Building a Rocket Stove Sauna: Earth Sky Time Farm
Earth Sky Time is a community-based organic farm in the beautiful, wooded foothills of the Taconic mountains, just outside of Manchester, Vermont, USA. In addition to year-round sustainable agriculture, they also have a wood-fired bakery (featuring a massive Catalan wood-fired oven!) and make other prepared foods like humus and veggie burgers. During the autumn and winter of 2012-2013, I was involved in the design and build of a wood-fired rocket stove sauna at Earth Sky Time, for the enjoyment of the EST community, family, neighbors, friends, visitors, etc. It was an exciting and ambitious project, and we strove to make it highly efficient, environmentally friendly, sustainably built, and locally sourced. Below you can see some photos of the building process, from the laying of the foundations to the first sauna we held in the finished building. The frost in Vermont reaches deep underground, meaning more work needs to go into ensuring a stable foundation is built. - Ben
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