Erica Wisner wrote:
#### I would love for your system to work well, because it would be the first example I know of someone who has used cement successfully. Lots of people are interested. And I think you have the skills to make a beautiful job of it. ####
Other readers - is this too much technical advice for a public forum? I feel like we've gone over some of these points before. We often end up sharing this kind of troubleshooting without asking for a consulting fee, and it seems like it should be valued. I could be saving someone a substantial cost of replacement materials if nothing else. This post should be worth at least several pictures.
I just think this project has the potential to be such a beautiful example, or a very expensive failure, hinging on a few details that come with experience.
In the past, we've had people post their brilliant 'improvements' on the rocket mass heater, and then disappear when their improvements didn't work. I hope Gary will stick around to tell the whole story, successes and failures, and let us help him fix any problems until he loves the finished project.
Good luck, and keep us posted.
Gary Park wrote:I built the entire run of pipe with a decending slope with the intension of being able to run water through it to flush it out, maybe even just slam a 5-gallon pail of water through once or twice a year and see what comes out.
As far as the corrugated pipe, I can see if the whole run was that(which I first was going to do and decided against for that reason), but with only 1 bend using it, and it being a double bend, I think the smooth curve will be an advantage and the ribs a disadvantage that will balance it to a net even, if not better in my opinion. One thing I think is not logical is putting a cleanout in a bend--it is always a "T" pipe, so the gases would back up in the cleanout part, and would have to basically make a 90-degree turn. The best would be to build a swollen curve with smooth sheetmetal like you see on race-car tubular manifolds at tight bends, but this is not rocket science, it's rocket-mass science. ha ha.