• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Joseph Lofthouse
  • paul wheaton
  • Mike Haasl
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • John F Dean
  • Carla Burke
  • Greg Martin
  • Jay Angler
  • Leigh Tate
  • thomas rubino

scrap truck shop metals for rocket heater (newbie)

Posts: 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have found and think I have access to a heavy duty truck ship. they have a lot of 18 wheeler truck rims, wheel drums and exhaust pipes. Looks real good to integrate into a rocket heater. does this sound like good metal to us to transfer and store heat. I know my terminology may not be correct. I have been interested in rocket heaters and this looks like good material to use?

Posts: 3895
Location: latitude 47 N.W. montana zone 6A
cat pig rocket stoves
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi Mitch; Welcome to Permies!
Some of the things in a truck shop might be of good use in a mass. The barrels of course are handy, especially if any have a removable lid.
Heavy steel / cast iron in your mass is good, although odd shapes must be carefully filled with smaller heat retaining items and all gaps filled with cob.
No air spaces allowed in a mass.
The exhaust pipes are most likely to be of to small a diameter.
Good things to search out are used fire bricks and regular plain clay bricks.
A 50# sack of  fire clay as mortar.  Stove pipe of, 6" or 8"  regular and HVAC.  
A source of clay.  Sand , not from the ocean.  
Mitch Bradley
Posts: 2
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
GM, thanks for the reply....good info
What's a year in metric? Do you know this metric stuff tiny ad?
100th Issue of Permaculture Magazine - now FREE for a while
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic