thomas rubino wrote:Hi Dina; Possibly the book you are referring to is the original Rocket mass heater book by Ianto Evans & Linda Jackson. For years this was the RMH book of choice. Its still a good choice for backround.
There is now a newer option called the RMH Builders guide by Ernie & Erica Wisner. This book is now the RMH go to book for accomplished builders and first timers.
My green house in northern montana has an 8" J tube and uses less than 5 cords all winter to keep it 40-70 all day and all night with NO FIRE from 10 pm -6 am .... pretty neat huh.
If you are just learning about RMH's be prepared to get the bug ... you'll be up half the night reading ... and soon .... you'll want to become a rocket scientist yourself!
thomas rubino wrote:Sounds to me Dina, that you have caught the BUG!!! OH NO, No hope for you .... Now you will have to build a RMH!!
Looks like your down in the Salmon area. To get up to where we are, its a long haul up US 93 . You would be passing numerous RMH's some with greenhouses , including the Wheaton ranch. We are 2 hrs NW of Missoula.
Our greenhouse is actually an artists studio now with nothing edible growing (unless you count the coffee & lemon tree... err bushes.)
We did start out as a working greenhouse but my wife is now more interested in her art than a year round garden.
Visitor's who want to talk rocket science are always welcome.
I don't want to take the thread off track but I just wanted to check this detail. I think south central Missouri is closer to a zone 6.
Jay Gore wrote:For context I am in zone 4 south central Missouri with an altitude of approx 1750ft.
Mike Haasl wrote:Do people ever take an old woodstove with a glass door and make that the door to the batch box? Basically cut the front face off of the stove and magically attach it to the core of the batch box? Seems like a possibly slick way to get a window and a durable hinge/latch arrangement.
Peter van den Berg wrote:Yes, it has been done before, to a degree of succes.