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Bamboo makes a perfect P-channel

 
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Howdy doodies😁

I've just fired up my first RMH build. (Chuffed to bits)

It's quite small - 8cm × 8cm.

So, I made a P-channel (using an old stove shovel) but it was quite a bit too deep and I fumbled the re-cutting of it badly. It was too loose. Grrr.
 I gave up on it and settled down to lunch.

In an earlier post I asked some growies "what's the best wood for burning in a rocket mass heater" - and a great growie called Peter helped me realise my bamboo is far from useless but perfect.
Fast growing.usefull for all sorts of other stuff. Makes a fab windbreak and provides enough good food to keep  a pet panda.

https://permies.com/t/126398/permaculture-design/permaculture-projects/tree-feed-rocket-mass-heater

Anyway- I threw in a bit of hollow bamboo and "WHOOSH"...ITS A NATURAL P-CHANNEL.

So instead of taking space and fiddling about trying to make another one I shall simply add a whole round bamboo section for each burn load. Job done.

Oh joy oh joy. I love this community.
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bamboo natural p-channel rocket mass heater
bamboo natural p-channel rocket mass heater
 
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Well Jo;  That's certainly being innovative!  I guess if it works to your satisfaction then its all smiles!  Good Job!
 
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Awesome! 8x8 cm is even smaller than the burn tunnel in my glasshouse RMH, so you've done well. And that is definitely an innovative use of bamboo.
 
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