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Building a Rocket Mass Heater at Standing Rock - Part 1
In mid November, a few of us from the Ant Village traveled to Standing Rock, North Dakota, to help support the water protectors demonstrating against the Dakota Access Pipe Line. Our general goal was to help with winterization efforts at the camps, but specifically we planned to build a rocket mass heater. Rocket mass heaters are a perfect solution for the problems of a great need for heating, limited firewood, and the low air quality due to numerous conventional wood stoves and open fires spread around the camps. We packed up my truck with winter camping gear and rented a small trailer to carry the rocket mass heater supplies, then we set out towards North Dakota for what would turn out to be an incredible journey and experience. This is part 1 of that journey.