January 8th, 2017
"Finally got to install your stove. We were vendors at the Richmond VA NPS show. Stove replaced a propane stove that could cost as much as $1000 per month with heavy use (so we just didn't use the room in the winter) Your stove is doing the trick. Going to build a pebble style bench for it this summer.
March 11, 2017
The stove has proved itself under very trying conditions. We have had 65mph wind gusts here on and off for the past 3 weeks. This, as you know, makes it difficult to maintain a steady draft. Even my beloved Ashley could not keep a draft established and would puff back. Your stove has not had even a teentsy puff back, with the wind howling around the house. The house here, sits in a difficult place because of the surrounding terrain almost funneling winds from a saddle in the mountains to the west right over the house. It's great for breezes in the summer, I always have a little bit of a breeze here. But for burning wood in the winter, it's not ideal at all. The winds tend to get very high here in the fall and spring and that creates serious draft issues. I removed the fireplaces the house came with as totally useless and worse. The winds would come down the flue and there would be ash all over the room. I have used a Vermont Castings Defiant stove here but found that it couldn't adequately heat the square footage of this house. I got the Ashley circulator type stove and used it for 7 years here. Every stove I have used here but yours has had draft issues occasionally. The stove I built wasn't in place long enough to test it for draft issues. I knew within a week that I wanted a rocket type stove. I have been heating with wood for over 40 years now. I just know that I can not physically cut and haul firewood anymore. Purchasing firewood is not financially feasible either now. So, I was forced to look for options. That's when I found rocket stoves and started experimenting with them to see if that type of stove could meet my needs. I build several rocket stoves, because I knew that I could not have a mass heater in the mobile home that I live in, due to weight considerations. So, I kept researching and trying different setups and finally built a rocket stove on the hearth in the living room. I tested it for a week and knew that I wanted a rocket stove. I had looked at your stoves quite a while ago, but couldn't justify the expense without knowing that it could actually heat this house. I kept going back to your website and looking at the stove as I learned more about rocket type stoves. The Liberator is well made. It is solid and is not going to burn out ( as some of the information about rocket stoves says a metal riser will burn out) I don't NEED to fire the stove to 2700F to heat my house. So far, the stove meets or exceeds my expectations while at the same time looks great and is an instant "oooooooh... what IS that??" , from everyone who walks in the door. I have neighbors who have followed this process for over a year now and can't wait for the first briquette firing of the stove. We've sat and had dinner and been amazed at the amount of heat the little guy puts out. The Ashley was a big.. er.. large for the space and dominated the area completely. The Liberator puts out more heat with less than 1/2 the footprint or presence. I can hear the rocket song throughout the house if I listen, so I always know when the stove needs to be checked for fuel. It's not invasive, but it is a low-key rocketsong that I have become familiar with so I know when it needs attention. The stove sings to me.
And certainly, you may use any or all of my comments. I would love for many, many more people to discover this stove. You guys do quality work and the less smoke there is in the world, the better for us all. I have tried to smell the stove when it was running. I went all around the house, smelling. I couldn't smell any kind of wood smoke aroma, couldn't see any smoke at all. I had friends stop at the house to make sure I was ok because there was NO smoke coming out of the stack. Before, they always knew I was at home and the stove was going because of the smoke. They were concerned because it was cold, pretty darn cold and there was no smoke and they knew I was home. Should have seen the looks on their faces when they came inside to a snug and warm house with no smoke at all from the stack. They sure looked the stove over and that was the day it was delivered. I had the stove on the hearth and running the first day, and did it myself.
There ya go... the beginning of the Liberator saga. The why's and wherefore's of my rocket stove adventure.
Below is a customer review of an early prototype!
-"Hello Sky and Philip,
We are loving our liberator in the frigid Idaho winter (see pic).
I just started using wood chips and loved how the heater performs with them.
-Jarod Blades, Idaho.
Special Thanks to Farm Show Magazine for this excellent article below!
Be sure to check out Farm Show Magazine, lots of great stuff in there.
Below is an interview of Sky Huddleston, COO of Liberator LLC, by Lisa Myers of Rebates Zone.
Below is our official listing certificate as having been tested to meet and exceed the safety standards in UL-1482 and listed by a NRTL as such!
Listed at NRTL Website. http://firetesting.com/B-473.html