Peter Berg wrote:No insulation around feed tube and burn tunnel? No insulation around riser? Leaks between the firebricks? And is that another opening at the lower end of the feed tube? Please, read the book.
And i'm sure the gaps are respected!
Plus, you need barrel surface if you want quick radiant heat, which you haven't. And so on!
IMHO, do a tried and tested design before delving into weird gizmos!
Joe Sylwestrzak wrote:After the feed tube there are indeed some pieces that are not cemented yet as Im trying to incorporate an ash clean out tube that I havent exactly figured out yet.
Much easier to clean the thing by hand or with a vacuum cleaner. Leakage at that spot will hamper the stove seriously.
Joe Sylwestrzak wrote:I also have no insulation I believed the fire bricks were insulation. Im also not completely understanding what the insulation is for.
It's simple, really. The stove relies heavily on a high gas speed, this is achieved by insulating the riser. This will increase the temperature and therefore the speed. Around the tunnel and feed insulation will increase the combustion temperature which in turn helps to achieve nearly complete combustion. Hard fire brick won't insulate, in fact those will extract heat and hamper the burn.
The transition from the barrel to the horizontal pipe need to be spaciously. When you've all that and it won't help, add a better vertical chimney.
Kudos on your design! I like the wheels!
To get the barrel as hot as possible the heat riser needs to be insulated. The heat riser should be long enough to give you good draw, yet the shorter it is the closer it will be to the hot combustion chamber.
If you really want hot temperature why not build a short lived very hot pocket rocket? The pocket rocket will get red/yellow hot.
You need cheap heat NOW, I again recommend building a pocket rocket. It will take a wrench like you 30 minutes to build max. You just need a 55 gallon barrel, a chimney section, a feed tube, some fire bricks under the barrel, then done!
Pocket rocket video:
This will give you heat now so you can optimize your Rock-It in warmth.
How well insulated is your house?
If badly, pile strawbales on the outside for next winter.
i seen a video of a similar stove as yours. he didnt use mass but extracted some more heat from flue with sheet metal fins. he just clipped fins out of sheet metal and hose clamped them on his flue. it did work to reduce the final exhaust temps, which means he extracted heat. watch where it goes out the wall for fire reasons. like cement board instead of the plywood. keep us updated man.
That's removeable and pish easy!
Joe Sylwestrzak wrote:Thank you Peter you told me what I needed to know. Increased flow and Bingo insane heat from little wood. Thank you Peter
Well Joe, it's up to you.
But heat doesn't last when the rocket isn't fed, exept if you store it. You would use even less wood then!