So yeah. I live in Syracuse (Mattydale / Town of Salina to be exact) and have always liked the idea of a wood stove. I was just stumbling around on YT (I live alone and I like some of the survivalist videos because they give me ideas I never would have thought of to try to save money) and of course stumbled on some of the rocket mass heaters and viola, here I am.
I would LOVE to have one of those babies in my house.
Mostly because National Grid charges people in my area the highest heating rates IN THE NATION and as Hillary Clinton once said, take NYC out of the equation and we would be in the bottom poorest states in the country.. so yeah. I reallllly want to get out of using my furnace (Natural Gas) and go to a wood stove instead, and I like the idea of staying off corrupt companies' payrolls as much as possible, saving money, etc, but I have some basic questions..
My home, like most in the area, is in a suburban little area.. I mean, suburbia to the max here.. I'm not opposed to sneaking one in illegally if need be though I hope it would be legal. It's a 3 level house (basement, 1st floor, and second story).. would a rocket mass heater be good for a three-level home like mine? My bedroom is on the top floor and my living room on the main floor.. ideally I'd like to have the RMH either in the basement or on the 1st floor. Is there a way to hook one of these up to an existing heating duct system to spread the heat throughout the home? I'm a single female living in her own home here, so I don't have much 'male help' around that would help me complete a project like this... And my mom would probably look at me like I was crazy and she's really the only person strong enough to help me dig into the ground here to do stuff like this. I don't have any hills or anything though, and the house has all existing masonry and such - I think the only logical location for one is the living room, currently. But if it's something where the heat could be transferred to the vents, I'd love to have it in my basement instead to keep the whole house warm. (I prefer mid-70s and putting the thermostat that high is like asking for a $500 bill for a month... so I have to freeze at 65... and if a rocket mass heater can work on mere sticks... well my three massive maple trees in the yard shed sticks like my husky/shepherd sheds fur, lol...)
Anyway, any advise is greatly appriciated.. I just really wanna get a different heating solution in here... I'm looking at getting zeer pots and stuff for refrigeration / root cellars too, so yah. :3 I just wish I knew about this site sooner!
I don't think you are going to get it to work with vents.
I made one on my first story on a wood floor, about 2 tons in the space I could get it and it was a huge pain in the ass to make sure the wood floor wouldn't burn and it could support the weight.
I got it to work but I am already an experienced extreme do it yourself-er.
If you attempt it it would be better on the first story were the slow radiant heat would warm that room and eventually the air spaces.
I got it to heat the rooms farther away from the stove by cutting large intake vents near the ceilings of people's rooms and return air vents in the doors. Event then their rooms are 10 degrees colder than the room the bench is in.
It all works by natural convection and my house it on its way to being super insulated (60R in the ceilings and 40R in the walls.)