Amos Burkey wrote:I have been planning to do something similar. After a bit of research, I modified things. I would like a batch box rocket feeding a double bell. The double bell would be the bar top dividing the kitchen from the living room. Bells are much more efficient at storing heat than mass with piping through it. This will allow two fires per day, without needing to fiddle with tending a traditional rocket, while providing radiant heat all day long.
Either option, bell or mass, with have considerable weight (possibly 6000+ lbs). You will need to plan for that. Other details will depend on the size of rocket, location in the kitchen, materials to be use, etc. You should be able to make it happen though.
Peter Ellis wrote:Seems to me that given an equal mass and an equal surface contact between the mass and the hot bell or ductwork, they should have the same performance. What am I missing?
Katie Cabana wrote:Also worth noting is that our house is built on a cliff beside the ocean with a crawl space underneath, so we will need to brace for weight... Any ideas on how to calculate the weight of this counter?
thomas rubino wrote: You might try making your mass with a (blank spot) at the feed tube , where you could retrofit the glass from an oven door to view the fire. I would recommend building without any glass to begin with to make sure of its performance and then add your window later. Another idea might be to place a round mirror (like they use in stores) on the ceiling where you are looking down the feed tube as well as reflecting light around