Jordan Holland wrote:We use them because they are awesome! They do the job well, and they are free. (And there's nothing wrong with how they look.😂)
Anomika Anderson wrote:Great answers. Thanks. Because my stove is outside and the entire brick structure will be 3 walls of brick, i'm not concerned with a lot of the plus sides of the barrel. I see how it makes a lot of sense for indoors. I was planing on bricking around the barrel anyhow. And maybe i still will. I mean it doesn't hurt to have the barrel there and like you say it's free - 10 bucks per barrel. I find it interesting that cobbling around the barrel reduced draft. If that is true, i may run into this issue with my 3 layers of bricks. I"m building more of a traditional masonry heater then a rocket stove, but i'm using an insulated j-tube, so technically I think it's should be called a rocket stove. But then instead of the hot air going through a bench or a cob mass, it will zig-zag thru 3 walls of bricks before exiting. The last layer of brick might get insulation next year, but i want to test out my design this winter without it.
Anyhow, thanks for the info. It all made sense.