Gerry Parent wrote:Hi Robert, Your project sounds very inspiring to catch all your needs in one shot but if you have never built a rocket mass heater before, from my experience would be to consider starting a lot more simple and adding on as you go. There are so many things you will learn from a basic setup that will teach you about their functioning, what you really need/don't need and ways to improve it that you never would have considered without operating one first.
When you do build one, I would also recommend using clay/sand as a mortar so that it can be modified much more easily without having to destroy or throw away materials because they can't be reused.
I hope this doesn't bum you out in not getting exactly what you want right from the start, but think that it may be worth considering so it doesn't get overwhelming or make you frustrated if so many factors don't work out.
One of the links that Thomas provided is for Matt Walkers website. He has also been doing a Live Stove Chat every Wednesday for everyone to ask him questions and chat about rocket stoves. Maybe we'll see you there?
Gerry Parent wrote:Good to hear that you have a football helmet and band-aids to put on those skinned knees when some of your experiments don't turn out quite the way you planned. A finicky dragon can bite, throw fire and smoke you out all in one breath! Perhaps you are a dragon tamer and get it right the first time though?
Do keep us informed of your progress and pictures of your mock-up when you get to that point. We'll help as much as we can.
Gerry Parent wrote:In Matt's last stove chat 14, he had a question concerning the differences between a high mass vs an insulated firebox, cf blanket and using clay tiles starting at around the 7 minute marker.
Also, looking through my notes, he also mentioned in chat 12 around 25:50 minute mark about IFB insulated fire brick (kiln brick) vs CFB ceramic fiber board comparisons.
Hope these help to answer some of your questions.