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Rocket forge "and" heater??

 
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Greetings,

I am considering a rocket forge to use in my blacksmith shop.

1- Are they a really viable option?
2- Can the heat generated by the forge then be put to use in a mass for maintaining heat in my shop space?

Of course it would need a by-pass for warmer days when stored heat is not desirable.

I have searched this forum to great length and cannot seem to find the info needed. Any help would be greatly appreciated. This would be my first build for a rocket anything, BTW.

Thanks!

 
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Salutations!
I am also wondering if they are viable. I have plans to build a rocket forge this fall so I will let you know how it goes.

As far as dual purposing it for a mass heater, I believe that may be tricky. A forge or foundry has a specific access point for metal or crucible placement. The highest temp on a rocket stove is at the top of the heat riser so that is the best place to heat the metal. I imagine there would have to be a manifold to redirect the hot gasses into a mass and without a standard rmh barrel assembly, it may not draw properly, if you are trying to heat a bench. If you just want mass, building it with a mass around and behind the rocket stove and chimney will probably work fine. Think traditional masonry stove with the massive wall structure. Definitely something I would build outside for testing before building it inside.

Just my two cents.
 
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