My name is Tom. I'm currently working in Afghanistan. I came across your group via google and youtube (can't beat the combo). You have really peaked my interest in the RMH systems. We live in southern Ohio in the country on 57 acres (so wood is a natural heating choice) and we currently heat with propane. We have a 20KW backup whole house generator as we lose power regularly, especially in the winter. I was researching outdoor wood furnaces (really expensive) when one page led to another...and another and here I am.
Our aim is to be off the grid as much as possible. I see a lot of these RMH videos and people have the daybeds, etc... How much radiant heat do you get off these? How well does it keep the rest of the house? I have a 1500 sq ft home with a full basement, cement slab floor. I was thinking of putting a RMH downstairs in the basement as it stays cooler there. How large of a RMH would I need? Would it heat the main floor as well; or would I need a RMH on the main floor as well? I see they burn a lot less wood than an outdoor wood furnace and have far less ash to clean up.
I'm soaking everything I can up about this project... any good sites for reference? Or just keep sifting through Google and Youtube?
Any help or information will be greatly appreciated.