allen lumley wrote:Wess ; Welcome, Check out Dragon heaters dragonheaters.com they have a 4'' Castable core Castle build that is the smallest and lightest Unit available !
Next we have to find you someone with Rocket Mass Heater RMH, Experience who is a Near Neighbor ! Look at Your name info/space, and then l@@k at mine!
You need to go to the Permies Toolbox near the top of the page select/clickon the button 'My Profile' and enter your general location, and climate zone #
if you know it ! I f you are lucky you will find 'Your' near neighbor !
At the very bottom of his page, is a computer generated listing of "Similar Threads'' just click on to view. Any Thread Extension you add to these threads will alert
everyone that has ever posted to that thread that a new member has posted to 'their' thread,- Instantly you are on your way to making new friends !
Also from the tool box You can enter Search and at the next page enter school bus , or School bus Conversions, select google Search and Permies only search,
this should give you hundreds of hits !
Come back often if there is a RMH in your future we will help you find it ! Big AL !
Cindy Mathieu wrote:I hope your conversion plans include insulating the walls, floor & ceiling.
I am a partner in Dragon Heaters. If your bus is insulated, you could heat it quite comfortably with the 4" Allen mentioned. I would recommend that you check out the castle build. Some flue liners lined with fireclay brick are much lighter than the amount of cob it would take to store an equivalent amount of heat. Plus, it uses bells instead of flues; you can read about the advantages of bells on our blog site. http://blog.dragonheaters.com/
Converting the bus sounds like a fun project, good luck with it!
R Scott wrote:What about water mass? I have seen more than one RV with large water tanks specifically for holding heat--they used engine heat when driving or extra PV solar after the batteries were charged. They had built a basic in-floor radiant system w/ a 12v pump and one roll of PEX to distribute the heat when needed. No reason you couldn't use a rocket to heat the water.