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How to reinforce a floor for a Rocket stove

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Hello All
Please pardon this question. i know ive seen the topic posted before, but i cannot find it now that ive started looking for it again.
it is my intention to build a rocket stove in my home, but the floor is of convention build with beams and joist.
I know it will need reinforcement, i once read a post somewhere on the topic, but i can no longer remember where it was and cannot find it, ive search the various rocket stove forums to no avail and looking in the rocket stove book, but cannot find the topic anywhere.
Could someone lend me a hand if they have the link or know of it or explain how to go about reinforcing a standard floor to hold the weight of the Mass heater.?

Thank you all for you time and Patience
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If you are concerned with heat, you could look for sources of industrial insulation. This may be found at various building supply houses or commercial cooking warehouses.

If you are talking about carrying extra weight, you may need to buy a carpenter a 6 pack to get some in person "engineering" advice.
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While i will need to insulate the floor for heat, at this time im talking about the Weight of the RMH. as i will soon be going some work under my house i figured i might as well take care of it all at 1 go as i do not find crawling around under my house to be a fun thing
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Cyric30 H. : Welcome to Permies, and Congratulations and a big welcome to the Permies Forum 'Rocket Stoves'! You will long remember your 1st post here!

Conventional build ? how old ? Any large pipes passing through the joists? what sized floor joists ,and how far apart ? and how much space do they span ?
i. e. how long are the joists ?

So that you can clearly follow the further comments of the Rocket Stove members, please consider going to rocket stoves.com to pick up your copy $15.oo
U. S. of Jackson' and Evans' Great book '' Rocket Mass Heaters '', there is No other single source book in any language that contains as much information on
the Rocket Stoves subject !

Specifically, there is a clear picture of Exactly how to reinforce your floor on page 62 of 'Rocket Mass Heaters', with further information included in the sections
on safety in protecting exposures and during construction and use in the Fire! Fire! section on pg 58 !

I know that Ernie Wisner and his wife Erica, (forum moderators here at ''Rocket stoves") have spoken at great length on this subject if you would rather spend
a couple of hours going through their combined Posts !

You could also gain a simple understanding by going to ernieanderica.info to see their pictures of their 8'' Rocket Stove and thermal bench raised off of
the floor, with wall exposures protected !

I come off here more than a little bossy, but if you will check these two sites! I am sure your will understand why I am Trying to direct you there ! And you will
save yourself hours and days of time !

For the good of the craft ! Be safe, keep warm ! PYRO Logically Big AL - As always all your comments are solicited and are welcome ! A. L.
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