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RMS heater that is compatible with vintage famhouse furniture.  RSS feed

 
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Hi Guys,
I stumbled on this RMS concept quite by accident, yet now find myself fascinated by it's possibilities.
We are nearing retirement, and consequently our income level will drop so I am looking for alternative heat methods here in Michigan.
Our home is an 1880's farmhouse in a small town and in looking through the images and video's of RMS I have not seen one that will pass the wife's muster as far as fitting in aesthetically with the furniture.
Has anyone created a room-size version that would be appealing to the scrutinizing eye of a sixty-ish year old woman who would string me up if I were to tell her I want to build a large "butt warmer" in the corner of her living room?

Thanks
Rich
 
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Hi Rich, welcome to the forum from Cornwall, UK

Have you seen Paul's video wit the portable RMH that was built inside a wooden box. It might be worth thinking about. It could be hidden in a nice piece of joinery and you would hardly know it was there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkHOwmKyL7A

Have fun

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Hi Rich,

my only thought is to move the mass to the floor, so instead of a butt warmer, you have a toes warmer. but that involves a lot of dig and demo so if the Mrs asks, you did not get this stupid idea from me. =)

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Thanks for the input guys.
I'll research it a little further.

This guy's stove looks pretty interesting..
Maybe something along these lines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSsJZ3ru0ME&feature=plcp&context=C3592efdUDOEgsToPDskJuN-zMPLvkYjGcxOzGUbiA
 
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Dressing up the heater should be no problem at all. Plenty of options out there, should be possible to find something that will fit with your decor.
Bricks/blocks/stone can be done attractively, hold heat and release it slowly to keep a room toasty for hours.
Wood can be used, but if the stove got too hot there could be problems. Wood gives you all kinds of versatility-frame for tinwork, steps, mitten and boot dryers, seating and carving just for starters.
Tile may offer the solution-looks, ease of installation, easy to maintain, holds up with the heat.

In my experience, repurposing old farmhouse furniture can give a piece new life and preserve the flow of the living space. Perhaps an old toolchest or jelly cabinet could be used along with the stove?
 
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My suggestion is to make plenty of drawings of what how you might built it and how you might make it please the wife. A mass bench with a face and sitting surface out of polished stone would work for mine. Good luck. Let us know how it works.
 
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