I think rocket mass stoves are interesting, and have been looking into them.
I started to wonder how would best way to heat water to pipe through a floor. So I got to thinking, what if a copper coil was wound around the exhaust within the thermal mass, or a coil was incorporated into the thermal mass. I am sure it varies from stove to stove, but how hot does the thermal mass get 5 or 10 feet from the barrel? The trick would be figuring out where the water could pass through that would be that would heat the water to a desirable temperature, a pump to circulate water through the system into an insulated reservoir.
It would work kind of like a radiator. The thermal mass takes in and heat, the water in the coil transfers heat in the thermal mass to a much larger thermal mass.
It seems like it would be a pretty low pressure system, the reservoir would probably need some kind of pop off valve or a small hole in the reservoir so that steam could vent, a copper coil could turn that steam back into distilled water. I don't really see much of a way that it could explode. My main concern would be building one and having the water get too hot and the floor being too hot to walk on. I guess after a certain point the pump could just be turned off and the water would stop circulating.
I am sure that a lot of things could vary greatly, but I wonder things like where the best place to put a coil would be, and the length of the coil exposed to the mass to avoid turning a lot of water into steam but still heat the water enough to warm the floor efficiently.
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Actually you have quickly grasped many of the key points of hydronic heating and went right to the heart of the system the 1st 10' - 12' of the horizontal
Exhaust pipe, and clearly you have given running the system as a low pressure system with safeguards some serious thought !
However, shutting down the circulation pump with a fire in the Rocket Stove can potentially trap water that could flash to steam because you created the
very same condition you were working to avoid !
You could hardly avoid this trap, as a working hydronic Heater has so many interconnections that need a successful integration within a system that works
best by being frequently attended to maintain a fire for ~6~ to ~8~ hours to provide ~20~ to ~24~ hours of heat stored within your Thermal Mass.
The fact that a Rocket Mass Heater R.M.H., can not be safely operated with a damper to control draft, as a conventional wood stove can, means that due
to operator error a fire can be maintained at the very time that any failure to keep circulating water through the system, like a power outage, can lead
to an accident.
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