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I was going to use some clay tile pavers on the top of my thermal mass for a cleaner look and crisper edge
also I was thinking to use a brick front wall and fill this with rocks and clay then lay the paving tiles on top
but i'm not sure if it would allow heat to escape as well as a cob bench top


Is this a bad idea?
 
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Justin G.: Welcome, actually because these materials are denser they will transfer heat better and will probably always be hotter, and feel hotter !

Consider the shape of the letter ' P ', the top of the ' P ' is where you sit and that undercut section below is the slightly concave section where you
place your feet under you to help you arise from a siting position ! go ahead and try geting up with out moving your feet back towards your but 1st!
hard isn't it !

Here is where i ask you to please go to rocket stoves.com to get your PDF Copy $15.oo U.S., of Jackson and Evans' Great book " Rocket Mass
Heaters '' ! There is no greater source of rocket stove information, under one cover in any language ! ( and I don't make a dime !), two pictures of
the undercut bench are found on pages 25 and 26 !
 
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Justin, bricks are better than cob for heat transfer, concrete too. If your mass is going to be permanent, i'd advise to use a half barrel system, with concrete on top, bricks on the front, and whatever you fancy to cover the top of the bench. Myself i'd may be go for planks, as in a park bench or something like this, where air can circulate above the mass, so your butt doesn't get too hot If only my landlord would let me do a rocket in my lounge! To hide the barrel, i've been speaking often of a brick latice. For example. Or a convection sleeve.
 
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You should google Russian stoves since you are interested in tile & brick as aesthetic elements. The style could give you some ideas.
 
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Justin G. : I probably should have remember welcoming you from before. It is plain that you are thinking of your Thermal Mass as just that,Mass !

I Immediately think of the great enjoyment of setting on the ThermalMass and soaking up all that heat deep into my bones. With a fully charged
Thermal Mass you can set still anywhere that you are not actually standing in a draft and be feather bed comfortable down to the low 40s, even
the high 30s, Think about those crisp cold clear winter days that come with intense sun shine and Wind and sun burn for skiers. On days like this
if you can get out of the wind the heat of the sun can be a physical weight on your body, a very comfortable weight !

The fact that you are thinking about the best way to dress up your rocket stove to make it pleasing to the eye shows that you have an Artists soul
but have not yet spent the many pleasurable hours hand feeding the Dragon that lives in Your Rocket Stove, please allow yourself the freedom to
think in terms of the many hours that you are going to spend with your Dragon and you will grow beyond crisp edges and into a certain Higher mode
of relaxation sometimes approximated by people who take time to enjoy swings and rocking chairs !

For the Good of the Craft ! Be safe, keep warm ! PYRO Magically - Big AL - As always, your comments/questions are encouraged and Welcome ! A. L.

 
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