Hi every one, Kevin here in New Mexico. I've spent the last two weeks studying the RMH and reading all that I could find on the subject. My curiosity was stoked and built a rocket stove for a little test. I was boiling water from twigs in no time and ordered the plans from Ernie and Erica right away.
I also read this forum for days until I think I've read them all. THANK YOU all for the great posts, they were helpful from start to finish. Speaking of finish, that's where I'm at. Putting the final Adobe plaster on with some decorative touches even though this one is in my wood shop. I'm a custom furniture maker and got tired of freezing all winter.
Again, thanks for all of your info.
Hi Miles, I wanted to be able to remove the barrel and installed a manifold with a clamp ring. The manifold is a 10" section of a barrel. The main barrel sits 2" above the stack.As for mass, my back says there is tons and tons of it. The bench is 11 feet by 20" high and 28" wide. I made it from the soil here at the house, basically adobe. On each layer I placed Limestone rock and surrounded with more adobe. I don't know what it weighs but it's a lot.
As for fire tending...Right now I'm trying to dry out the whole bench. I got a little carried away with trying to get it built and am paying the price in tending time to get the thing to dry out. As it is though I'm burning Juniper and Pinon at 1" or a little bigger and have to replenish about every 40 minutes. The barrel top is hitting 550 at a full dragon roar and backs down to 300 at a slower burn.
By the way, I got the plans from Ernie and Erica....the "Annex 6"