I am very interested in RMH and would dearly love to see one in action. We recently moved to Pisa area of Tuscany. Anyone know of any within driving distance who wouldn't mind us seeing it in action? Thanks, Julie
I am down visiting Phoenix for a couple days and desperately want to pick a gallon or two of raw olives to cure!
I know they are around because 12-15 years ago when here we went to a city park for a picnic and I found some.
I wish I remembered where we went!!!
I am willing to pay a little if I need to.
Please call or txt me if you have some or know where to send me! 907-750-8702 THANKS!!!
That you can use those dyes that way is so cool to know! Thanks!!! I will have to use it on mine. Oh, since I am building outside without a roof (at the present anyway) can I use a cement type slip coat to protect it all?
You can always trace or stencil a design on before you "Paint" if that would be easier....
Thanks! Thomas! Had my friend bring me 4 bags of fire clay from Spokane! (didn't want to overload his car!) I will take pictures!!! Still acquiring supplies. I need to finish filling in foundation with rock... We dug down to gravel to avoid shifting issues with freeze thaw cycle...I am dying to get out and work on it, the weather has been great, but I am 13 days out from a painful hysterectomy and have to limit myself...(driving me nut though!!!)
I have been looking and looking at all the outdoor oven choices out there and finally found one I love. My question is should I leave air intake under fire grate open without ash pan to increase air flow and make hotter fire? or just bring an air intake into the firebox part way back? I still want that rockety fire but like the clean oven interior and mass combo! What do you all think?
I have a friend driving back to AK from ID tomorrow and want to have him bring me some fireclay and high temp cast-able
if I can find it for normal lower 48 prices and not to hard for him to get to. Anyone have a source in that area?
So far all I have found in Fairbanks is clay cat litter,,, oh and one place that sells the high temp cast able for $115 a bag...
I will be coming up to Fairbanks on Thursday 4-23-15 for some Doctors appointments. Anyone have a working RMH that I could come see/feel in person? Also anyone know of a reasonable source for fire clay in Fairbanks? I have called all over town and can't seem to find any... I think the soil on our place has too much silt...
750-8702 Thanks, Julie
Ok, WOW! Chad Thanks! (still had my head spinning but I can get it! (I'm a simple sort) I will play with some mock ups when I can and will post pictures/Video. Ok, I will plead mercy again... Seems like I have seen several systems where the Burn box size did not match the exhaust chimney. That's a no-no correct? you can increase the CSA in the middle (bells) but the exit/exhaust chimney needs to be the same as burn box and riser? and If I use half barrels in the middle do I open them up the whole way or use off set holes to vent from one to the other? seems like it would need to be the second... Thanks so very much everyone you all are a great help!
WOW! Chad, would you "dumb down" the 1,1,3,6 for me? are you really saying I would need a 6ft. diameter barrel? I guess I will go dig around and see if I can come up with smaller pipe. I just didn't want to have to babysit it so often. I am planning on heating a greenhouse/sauna. but need the large mass storage cause I live in Interior AK zone 2. I have unlimited wood supply even if I just use downed trees on our property... I will look at the castle build thing. Thanks for being patient and answering my questions!
I have a bunch of 12" pipe and a couple old doors off wood stoves and was wanting to make a batch feed RMH. I am planning on casting both the firebox and the riser. I have been collecting used firebrick and want to make a oven on top of riser. my question in about spacing on sides of riser and if a barrel is big enough if I use a 12" ID for riser. So that would make the OD about 16" . I want to get the book but haven't been able to yet...
I have a "salvage yard" of stuff on this property from previous owners so am trying to use whats here as much as I can... I have been inspired by some of the work of others here!!! TIA Julie
I would love to stop in and see your stoves in action! Anyone else have a rocket mass heater in Fairbanks/Delta area?
I want to build one in my greenhouse. I have been collecting supplies. Haven't found my clay source yet...
I live in Delta but would be happy to chat or see what anyone is doing Fairbank's way when up there for Appointments or shopping...
PS. I am also interested in making a earth bag sauna... with a RMH or just a woodstove to get hot fast, or maybe both!
I like to fry! and then chill. fry, chill, fry, chill LOL! I have barrels and am interested in the half barrel ideas but get lost in all that math!
Can anyone make it really simple?
The birds are coming back so spring is on it's way!
Yes, we really like what Thorsten Chlupp is doing in Fairbanks! Would love to have his resources!!! Am planning on using a lg water tank but not sure I can do a 5000 gal one like he has! As far as the other idea I guess I need to look up some pictures. ( I am such a visual aid type! Thanks!!
I was wondering about the energy use in spring...but we do start getting good sun in Feb. And our days get long pretty fast.Plus I don't mind running the RMH extra to get things going. I will leave room for expansion, but I have had open buckets burst on me when they froze.(trying to make ice blocks for winter ice fort thanks for your ideas!
I will be insulating and maybe adding mass to all but south wall and Hubby was talking about doing a solid type outside shutter that would lift up during day but I would like to figure out an internal system. (snow, wind...) I will insulate the ground also and use elevated beds... mostly I am really not trying to grow in winter just be able t get spring stuff growing early enough to have it ready when summer decides to stop by...It is kind of funny how I used to be bothered by the things I had to forgo or work to grow when we lived in zone 5/6 now that sounds SO great when limited to zone 2! But the nice thing about here is that god generously planted tons of wild strawberries,blueberries, and cranberries for us to go pick! Couldn't do that in NM!!! Do miss the heat of the sun in winter that we got there though! Picked up a couple old glass stove doors for use with my RMH to make it a kind of "fireplace" can't wait for spring!!!
What latitude are you? I am over in Ak with similar climate,I think. I am wanting to do something like this but don't have the animals...Maybe just a true three season greenhouse. (We tend to have only spring and winter here)
Thanks for those ideas. Growing up up n down the west coast (lower 48 ) I didn't know a ugly tree til we came here among all this Black Spruce! Lol I love all the Birch though! So its a trade off. One reason I was thinking of going down was we have bad wind issues here. Often,gusty and strong. I will check out the ideas you mentioned. I found a source for free used fire bricks so one way or another I am gonna at least build my cob oven if not a RMH!
Delta Junction, Where we are we don't have permafrost. But I agree about the insulation. Just would like to see if anyone else has done this pit greenhouse in such a cold place and what other issues I may run into...Thanks!
BTW, Paul, Kinch says, Hi! I work with him and we had a nice chat about all this, And going out this summer to collect clay... I know the CD"s will probably answer this but I have to wait a bit to buy them... What do you measure FIRST to get your CSA? The heat riser? So if I use an 8" square brick riser, then all the other areas need to be the same sq. inches of air movement or larger. (64 sq. inches) Also just how much build up are people really getting with long term use? Thinking about making a curved bench so thinking of using 3 or 4 tunnels of metal dryer venting with cob around for support and mass and strength. But The clean out might be an issue... non smooth interior...
I am on the 64 Lat in AK. Our frost line is 10'-12' down. I am thinking I will insulate the outside walls and out from it about 4' (wings) Probably start with poly top and bottom of rafters then later as money allows use double walled poly panels. Probably will insulate the bottoms of the grow beds or use elevated beds. also a cold sink and a RMH. Mostly want to use it from about March or April on... Thanks, Julie
I would love to talk to someone with extreme cold climate issues and if a pit greenhouse is practical. My frostline is like 10'-12'down.I get temps as cold as -60F but usually about -30. I have good gravel soil about 2' down and watertable is 120' down. No south slope but several places where I get sun. I mostly want to be able to extend my season to about March-Oct. I am thinking of putting a lg rocket mass heater in. And some kind of geothermal fresh air vent. Any ideas or someone else doing this I can talk to?