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Hello. I'm new here and am here because I am tired of living with wood smoke. My experience with wood stoves is that they let out smoke when the door is opened. The only wood stove that has not followed this rule is one that my husb made from a used propane bottle. The propane bottle has to continuously be fed very small pieces of wood or it is cold. In deciding that I wanted something different, I first considered a mass wood stove. But, apparently, my place is way too small for one. Which brought me here. I have looked at some videos of rocket mass heaters, but I'm still unsure. As Paul Wheaton (I believe that is his name) said, opening from the top and burning to the side? I guess I can believe the burning to the side part because the propane stove will do that when the fire is very hot. But I'm really stuck on the top opening bit. Does anyone know of a video of a fire being made in a RMH to help me believe that smoke actu does not come out of the top. I do not live in North America, so there is no chance that I would be able to actually see a RMH before making one for myself. Thank you.
 
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I think this one has a demonstration.

 
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Hey Tiffany,
If you are seriuosly interested in the functions of a rocket mass heater (RMH) you should take a look at this video series that Paul has. It is basically a video of a RMH workshop put on by ernie and erica Wiesner who are the leading innovators in the field. It would be great way to learn all of the nitty gritty about RMH with out a major investment. http://vimeo.com/ondemand/3889/72016921
 
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Tiffaney, i'm not extremely far from Orange. Serre che if you know? Above briançon.

I have an offer for you. I have a rocket stove core i want to get rid of. If you want to come and fetch it. It's a 6 incher one. I gonna cost you only one thing. A 35kil propane bottle to replace the one i will loose.

Here's the one.



Obviously, i am keeping the bricks.

Well, if ever you feel like a little drive. It's yours.

Bye.

Max.


Edit:

Ooooops!

Your IP adress was telling me Orange, France, so i assumed Orange in the Vaucluse. But naaaaahhhhh it's the blady ISP name they've put first. While all the other adresses are displaying the nearest city where the ISP has a concentrator!

Well, anyway, the offer is still valid.
 
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I posted a video of my RMH. It starts out close and I put the phone right on top of the place were the fire is. It shows fire going down and sideways. Hope that helps. Buy the way this is in a small space. It only has a little insulation and still gets quite warm in even extreme cold. 5F with a wind chill below 0 degrees F.

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