I'm a long time rocket stove fan, I used to have the book but loaned it out years ago and haven't re-bought it yet. I'm planning on building my own stove, and I've always wondered if it would be a bad idea to wrap the outside of the barrel with chicken wire, then tiled over that with decorative tile (I'm a potter and make tile) so as both to hide the plain barrel and maybe add some mass insulation, but I'm not sure whether this is a desirable quality in the outside barrel... I've always admired European tile oven heaters and thought it might be nice to combine that with rocket stove design...?
any input greatly appreciated!
I see that the decorative tiles on this example form a sleeve around the burn barrel, leaving an air gap in between the tile and the barrel...not the same kind of thing I was thinking of. Is it not good to insulate the outer barrel?
Jon, I'm not the builder, so I may not have the best answers for you. I'm sure any questions or comments would be very welcome at Kirk's (donkey) site. I believe idea was to provide a better looking surface and to protect from little ones getting to the hot barrel. The air gap is open on the bottom and top and should provide a convection current of hot air.
If I understand your question, insulating the outer barrel will not provide the heat extraction necessary for these things to function.
As for Erica's contest, I haven't seen anything new lately.
Jon Terry : I believe Erica is about to revive the 'Hiding the Barrel thread'. I texted her on a related manner about a week ago! You can always go to the
good folks at Rocketstoves.com and pick up a PDF copy, $15.oo of Evan's and Jackson's book 'Rocket Mass Heaters' and this will give you an unlimited
number of future copies.
For the good of the Craft! Good Luck ! Pyro Allen
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