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Has anyone successfully built a Rocket Mass Heater in a mobile home?  RSS feed

 
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I'm just wondering if anyone has done this successfully. We're worried about the weight of the thermal mass. Of course we're not planning on building a huge one. Just something medium sized to meet the needs of the small area. Thanks guys
 
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I know of one case where a small, shed type room was built/attached to a house,
a RMH was built inside the small room and it's heat output would rise, to heat the building.
So, I did the same for my double wide MH.
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This room is on the south side of my MH
 
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Pack,

That's really cool!! Are you still working on the RMH? Did you do all the work yourself? Sorry, I have a million questions!
 
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That picture was taken today. Hope to have it built within the next week or two. I'm just working on it on the weekends. as I have time...
 
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That's really cool Pack. I look forward to seeing the pictures of your progress!
 
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This belongs here as much as anywhere, Usually local districts and their Code Enforcement Officers treat the uniform building codes as an advisory
and want to get you to go through their approval process, and only balk when they can't find a code section that clearly tells them current standards
to enforce.

But, there is both a bias in the codes and in C.E.O.s against Trailers and also a felt need to C.Y.A. with Wood Stoves put them together and you will
have extra hoops to jump through!

Many locations allow for an addition to be built onto the trailer that can contain a wood stove, there is also an appeals process where you get an Architect
to make plans and state for the record that what is being proposed falls under a 'best reasonable alternative Exemption' - and them guys don't come cheap!
For the Craft ! Big AL !
 
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Jennifer: allen makes a very good point. You have to talk to the code people first. I specifically moved to a little county, here in GA, that doesn't have building codes enforced. All that is required is a septic tank location & install approval process. Check with your county administrator to see if building codes are enforced there.
 
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Paul has built a shippable core in a box. His is in a double-wide trailer. He uses pea gravel for the mass. Here is a thread http://www.permies.com/t/29470/pp/rocket-mass-heater-shippable-core
 
Jennifer Charlton-Dennis
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Hey guys,

Thanks for all the feedback! Where we bought our MH as long as you own it, it seems that you can pretty much do what you please with it. As of now I've counted 14 different MH with wood burning stoves (not RMH) I spoke with about half of the owners and they said they just did the installation themselves. No code people or anything. They all stressed that they used the proper materials to prevent fires, or damage from the exhaust heat.

Our biggest concern is the weight of the thermal mass. The frame of the trailer is constructed from steal I beams, but not the middle sections. We're just wondering if anyone has had to reinfource their frame to accommodate the weight. Thanks again for all your help!! you guys are great!

Jennifer
 
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