I've read yet Ianto's book, got the E & E DVDs, plans and booklets, but that's the first time I put my hands on bricks and mortar (althought I've done some cob in a cob-house-making workshop and I hope I'll count with some briclayers help).
I've done (and used to warm my house for the last winter) a Pocketc Rocket, and now I'm sketching my first RMH.
I'm getting kind and wise support from the forum good fellow about the design, and It's getting on the way. But time is coming to lay some bircks and (hope soon) try my "backyard tests".
NOTE: please, excuse me because this is a topic for sure covered yet , but I've had a look about this topic using the SEARCH tab and haven't found it.
If I have understood right, In order to test how the system works I should (doubts underlined):
- Build the complete stove, (brun chamber and heat riser) OUTDOORS with at least clay slip between bricks to seal leaks. - Insulate burn chamber and riser. - Put the barrel in place.
- Light it on to test for the stove draft and test for the best gap between barrel and riser-top.
- Let the heath to dry the insulation and mortar? (I suppose it won't work the same until added water gets out of the insulation and mortar.
- Seal with some cob the barrel on best place. Connect the flue (no mass added) and seal.
- Try it
- If it losses draft I can try without the horizontal flues and connect just the vertical (to chimney) ones, to see if the problem is in the horizontal path.
- if working OK take measurements and dismantel it.
Here comes my question: some water and pattience should be the key to take everything appart without much trouble?
- Remount it on place.
- Sealing joints and repeat testing.
- Tinkering as needed.
- Adding mass.
- If OK, caring and enjoying.
Please, let me know If I'm missing or missunderstanding something.
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