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Has anyone built a rocket mass heater "North of 60" with any success?  RSS feed

 
Pat Roberts
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Just happened upon the rocket mass heaters on you-tube and I'm really excited about building one for myself. I've started a 1500 sq ft house with a full basement and wondering just how much area these style of heaters will effectively heat to a reasonable temperature in a climate where minus 30 celcius is possible on regular basis during the winter months. The house will be up for sale as soon as it's done and would this heater add resale value to it?

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Saybian Morgan
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If you use the RMH in a sub floor heating fashion it could really add to your resale. "radiant floor wood stove" sounds like a juicy perk without the renovation. Now the flip side to it is depending on your background the project could prove to be a disaster, I build a small one for a drying room and doing the subfloor with my no experience was so hard i gave in and just raised the floor 8 inches by putting deck boards over the piping thats sitting on the former floor. RMH's are scalable so North of 60 is more of a burn tunnel diameter and wood refill rate issues than a can it do the job issue.
 
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So, are you suggesting installing the tubes on the bottom of the floor joists or in between them on the main floor or on the basement floor?
 
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Pat, Where are you located? I'm in Whitehorse and am building a RMH. Are you nearby?
 
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I wasn't recommending as I havn't seen your location, im mainly providing my personal workaround for skillset limitations. You can't do what I did inside a house if there's a wife about, i added a room to the outside of the house so my mistakes could be forgiven. When going under the ground level left me confused i simply build another a deck over the floor so i had a new floor. This reduced my stress allot as like my inner genius said hey who want's to work in the cold why not add glass walls first so theres no room to do anything safely. My RMH is disassemble because im renting so being able to pick up a 8x10 deck and retrieve my 40 feet of tubing is a bonus, your planning on selling so a proper sub floor heating system is more work than I can recommend to myself. Retrofit is harder than starting from scratch.
 
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Hi all : I have created the forum thread Rocket stoves in Greenhouses, we have 20-25 self-identified members interested in Rockets in greenhouses - this is an attempt to give 'our' group their own forum thread - check in, check often, Allen L.
 
Pat Roberts
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Chris Sturgeon wrote:Pat, Where are you located? I'm in Whitehorse and am building a RMH. Are you nearby?


Hi Chris. I'm in Chetwynd BC.
 
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Canyon and Donkey have built north of 60, and not only one.

http://donkey32.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=discuss&thread=379&page=1
 
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Satamax Antone wrote:Canyon and Donkey have built north of 60, and not only one.

http://donkey32.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=discuss&thread=379&page=1


Thanks Satamax Antone.
 
El Rowlatt
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Hi, Pat

Did you end up building a RMH in Whitehorse?  My daughter and her partner live there, and I'm seriously thinking of emigrating. If you did, may I ask - how did it go with insurance? 

Thanks
 
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