My wife, son and I live in a 16x20 canvas wall tent in SW New Mexico at around 6000' and are terribly disappointed in our woodstove that has warmed us through the winter. It is a cylinder stove and has put plenty of smoke into our home as well as a continual clogging of the spark arrestor outside. We were wondering about the possibilty of safely putting in a RMH. Has anyone heard of this being done before? The tent is on a platform that is maybe a foot off the ground where we'd put the stove. Would the weight of the stove be an issue? How close to the canvas can it be? Is it possible to build it in a way that would be removeable (in case we move the tent)? More questions to come I'm sure...
if you've already got a wood stove in there, then I'm pretty sure you could safely replace it with a rocket mass heater. depending on how the platform you mention is built, weight could be an issue, but you could also shore things up before installation. whether the whole thing is removable depends entirely on how you build it. if you want a removable one, use materials that allow you to remove it.
Howdy Jess, welcome to permies, Paul did a video of a portable mass heater that is around here somewhere.
You might be able to build the stove with a mass bench attached and when you move the tent you would have an outdoor stove and bench to sit at?