Jeff Thorpe wrote:I would like to build a RMH in my home and store the heat in water, and then connect to my baseboard system for whole house heating - has anyone done anything like this?
Jeff Thorpe wrote:Larry,
Thanks for the reply, I'll check out your links later. After doing the calcs I realized that water in an open system really isn't capable of storing a vast amount of heat like I thought it would. I've been wondering a similar thing as one of your ideas - if it wouldn't be easier to bury some coils in firebrick or cob? Storing the heat in solid form instead of liquid - the bricks can be heated up to 800 degrees or whatever, then just pumping water through the coils should extract that heat fairly well. Obviously preventing a steam kaboom would be important, and you'd have to protect the copper from both flue gases and cement.
I haven't thought about this much, but another idea has crept into my mind - everybody is afraid of steam, but what if we just acknowledged the power of steam and built a steam system? Instead of trying to prevent steam, using steam to our advantage? People have been building steam systems for 150 years, and you can readily get old steam radiators pretty cheap....?
Jared Blankenship wrote:Has anyone completed any of the projects mentioned here yet?