I'm interested in hearing thoughts on the idea of using a wall as a thermal mass. Our living room doesn't really have room for a bench and I'd like to heat more than one room - like a bedroom which shares a wall with the living room - with one rocket heater. Any thoughts?
A bell could be made just slightly larger than the heat riser, and you could have a batch box or J tube sticking out a smidge in the room.
For a 6 inch J tube, you need 43 square feet of internal surface area (ISA). For a 6 inch batch box, you need 64 square feet. Batch box burns more fuel, so it's heating more in a shorter period of time.
Brandon Griffin : Rooms with good southern exposure can really benefit from any amount of Thermal Mass, if the room does not have a roof edge that partially
shades that space then in summer it can get beastly hot ! A good overhang / insulating curtains takes care of that. A high Thermal Mass wall built for this use is
called a Trombe wall.
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Brandon Griffin wrote:I'm interested in hearing thoughts on the idea of using a wall as a thermal mass. Our living room doesn't really have room for a bench and I'd like to heat more than one room - like a bedroom which shares a wall with the living room - with one rocket heater. Any thoughts?
There is a long tradition of heating more than one room with a mass heater that has parts of the mass in two or more rooms. Code people would want an air gap between the heater and any wall that is made of combustible material. However, RMH being accepted for code built homes is still in the infancy and so I would think you are not worried about that. A think wall of a brick and a half wide would allow the whole wall to be a good bell radiating on both sides. There would be a space inside half a brick wide. The actual width would be determined by brick length... North America has brick of 7.5inch long or 9inch for fire brick, but eastern Europe tends to 10inch for both clay and fire birck. Adobe brick can be whatever size your heart desires. It may also cool the flue gas low enough that it is not warm enough to rise up the flue and rather go down hill That could be a good thing too if designed that way. Adobe brick may be best for this not just cost wise, but also because it would radiate slower due to being more insulative. All of these brick types are twice as long as wide (when you add mortar).
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Thanks for all the info!
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