allen lumley wrote:Creighton S. : Welcome to our Rocket Stove area on Permies . Have you been to rocket stoves.com to get your Pdf copy $15.ooU.S. of Ianto Evans' great book
Rocket Mass Heaters ?
The basement location for a wood stove is problematic because the dragon that lives in your Rocket needs frequent feedings of smallish wood over 8 hrs to provide
20 -25 hrs of stored radiating heat ! Your plan for this area should include its use as an Adult recreation/entertainment, otherwise it will be out-of-sight - Out-of-mind .
You need to carefully look on all 4 sides of your basement brick column for an Ash pit or capped clean outs connecting directly with the back of, or floor of the
first floor fireplace. All flues found most be carefully checked for inside diameter, blockages,or cracked flue tiles. Any brick veneer must be regarded with a high degree
of suspicion and looked behind !
Failing to find any clean outs I would climb up on the roof and count the number of chimney flues you find in your chimney. Do i understand that you have located
two separate flues originating in your First floor living area, one for your fireplace and a second one for a wood stove ? ?
Not only will the brick column be great as a thermal mass, with a cement floor you can gain that as thermal mass too. You could literally wrap your thermal bench
around all 4 sides of the basement column, Additionally as part of a multi-media entertainment area you could create a two level area with light chairs located up on
the bench/thermal mass, with a more informal area on the lower floor level of your basement
allen lumley wrote:Creighton S. : Where do you live, its unlikely that with an internal chimney that you should have any problems in anything like normal operation, In the spring and fall
coming home from a 'trip away' you might find that the house is actually colder than the outdoors, in conditions like this getting the chimney to draw can challenge your
I just can't seem to leave the idea of of two tier seating, by using a raised Thermal Mass bench you can use hassocks for foot rests which could be used for other seating !
You can't really 'close off' the top of the feed tube, but possibly something that is too heavy (without increasing the height of the feed tube) can be arranged with a counterweight.