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Randy Acton
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Experimenting with a rocket stove has has had my mind on "fire" for quite some time. To save you the thought process that got me here I will jump right to the questions.

Completely hypothetical, if you had enough firebrick to side a house, would you use insulating or high density brick?....and why?
 
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Randy Action : Welcome to permies.com, our sister site richsoil.com, and a Big Welcome to the Rocket and Wood stoves Forum Threads !

Which side of the house ? And Location ! (see [MY PROFILE] above in the Permies Toolbox) !

Lets look at Cob and Adobe Houses, california circa mid 1500's, the Spanish Missions, here the heat of the day was absorbed by the building slowly and
gave-up its heat slowly, providing a uniform temperature day to day and month to month ! Both Cob and Adobe are not as dense as stone and the swing
in temperature hour by hour is slower due to slow travel of Heat Energy !

A Trombe wall is a massive masonry/stone wall built on the winter sun (and low in the sky) side of a building with a glass exterior wall.

The Trombe wall has a High Heat Energy Storage capacity and can from its central location in the house help warm the house and moderate temperature
swings for days at a time! When the summer sun is high in the sky and does not shine deep enough into the house to hit the Trompe wall It and the entire
house stays cooler ! free air conditioning !

Then there are Solar or Black chimneys which serve to heat air within a vertical column creating a draft that draws the warm and lighter air up and out of
the house pulling air from interior spaces within the house to exhaust stale air with out the use of fans or electricity. These solar chimneys would be insulated
except where directly struck by the sun and Would use metal or other dense material -like the heavier fire brick to raise the temperature surrounding the air
column. The dense materials would themselves be surround by insulation to help maintain the high temps of that dense material, the lighter firebrick could be
used for that purpose !

I hope I was lucid without being too wordy, and this was helpful and timely! For the Good of the Crafts ! Think like Fire ! Flow like A Gas ! Don't be the Marsh
-mallow ! As always, your Comments and Questions are solicited and are Welcome ! Pyro - Magically, Big AL

 
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