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I have a barn/garage and my work shop is on the second floor. What is required to safely install a rocket mass heater on the second floor? I was thinking a heat shield on the floor and design the combustion chamber off the floor. Any ideas to do this safely? Has this been done?
 
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Howdy Rick, welcome to permies!
If you are going to have much "mass" you will have to be sure the structure can hold the weight.
 
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Hello. I was hoping to use the concept without utilizing a large amount of mass. I was more worried about the fact it was on the second floor. I was going to add support structure below where the weight would be the greatest. I could just do a wood burning stove but really liked the idea of efficiency and less exhaust.
 
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Rick, are you in the workshop often? Because i find, in my workshop, i need quick heat, so i have a big metal bell around a batch rocket, and barely any mass.
 
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take a look at this video would work well for you floor situation...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hd36FQfiGY
 
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Brian, metal is doomed.
 
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for a heatshield place heatresitend insulation first ,then put bricks on thier side put 2 layers of brisk on that,creating a plateau, then you have a nice funnels ceeping your heatshield cool ,the toplayer is were you build your RMH on . If they (top layer bricks) crac those underneeth will hold them in place,this is how would do it
 
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