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August Brooks
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Hi All,
We came up with a rocket mass heater that is not only beautiful, but works like a charm.
We took the rocket mass heater technology and applied it with form in mind. The result is a modern-looking, very beautiful wood burning rocket mass heater. We call it simply, a Zaug. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
I couldn't wait to show you guys!
Enjoy.


www.zaugstoves.com
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After viewing your pictures, I agree your Zaug, is very nice! I especially like the pedestal foundation, the thick welded steel, and the slanted fuel feed/door. I'm curious about the 'burning paint smell/fumes' from your new units & is the top of the burn barrel easily removed for internal cleaning/inspection, or perhaps there is a unseen bottom ash tray door? Also is your duct work near the stove run around 200-300 degrees F.? If I had to wish upon a Zaug, could there be a fun but always reliable 'flame window'?

james beam
 
August Brooks
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Hey James,
Yes, there is a paint burn-off the first time you light the stove after its' been painted. But, it's the same with wood stoves. The paint is Thurmalox stove paint, so it's made to get hot.

Yes, the lid comes off very easily for cleaning. And, yes, there is a hidden drawer in the pedestal for ash. Although it doesn't collect much ash since everything burns so completely.
The exhaust runs at about 200-250 degrees (F) and yesterday we tested a 40' horizontal run, with a 10' vertical stack and it operated just fine. The cook top ran about 700 degrees for about 3 hours.

We have two models. One that you see here, and one with 3-panel glass on the front so that you can see the fire. It costs a little more, but worth it.
 
Fabrizia Annunziata
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Could it be installed in a 1950s era wood frame house with hardwood floors?
 
August Brooks
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Fabrizia,
Yes it can be installed in a wood frame house, over hardwood floors, however, it still needs to be treated like a conventional wood stove. Must be 18" away from burnable surfaces, and should sit on some sort of masonry. The exhaust sits up 10" off the ground. The cylinder can get up to high temps depending on how long you burn and how much you feed it.


 
Brian James
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August Brooks wrote:Fabrizia,
Yes it can be installed in a wood frame house, over hardwood floors, however, it still needs to be treated like a conventional wood stove. Must be 18" away from burnable surfaces, and should sit on some sort of masonry. The exhaust sits up 10" off the ground. The cylinder can get up to high temps depending on how long you burn and how much you feed it.




How long till you have UL approval for home installations?
 
August Brooks
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We're in the process currently. If all goes well, by January of 2013 we should be certified and listed. The certification costs $6,000 for EPA, and the UL listing is another $10,000. I'll keep this forum updated when it changes.
 
Daniel Truax
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What do you do when the metal heat riser burns out?
 
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