We may or may not be going with a pre-fabbed, very small log home from an in-state manufacturer. We may go cob or timber frame, too. Not sure yet as property layout and purchasing is still the number one priority. One thing we do know is that our source of heat will without question be a rocket mass heater.
Has anyone had a log home built (kit or otherwise) and then installed an RMH after the fact? Is that plausible? Or try the other way around; Has anyone built a log home with an RMH in the plans prior to breaking ground? How much reinforcement is needed, etc.? If the home is entirely made of wood, what kind of joint abutment do we need; Clay-to-wood, etc.? Does it need to be attached to the very structure of the home itself? Or can it simply be made and it's very presence as a "unit in the home" as opposed to a "part of the home", will do the job?
J. Hampshire : A late welcome to Permies.com / Richsoil.com and a Big Welcome to the RMH and Wood stoves Forum/Threads, and the 'Cob' Forum !
Lately, many new members come to these threads full of excitement and anticipation Often, while trying to give useful information we fan the flames
and appear to be much like " The Great and Powerful Wizard of OZ '' when in truth we are a lot more like the man behind the curtain ! Not long ago
we were all standing where you are now! and together we are helping to spread the word, so while you will get a lot of good advice from your fellow
members please try to remember we are all really too human, and few of us are mind readers !
It will really help us help you if we all start reading from the Same book !
Please, Consider going to Rocketstoves.com to download a PDF Copy of the Brand New 3rd Edition of Rocket Mass Heaters! With More
than 100,000 RMHs built World Wide- This is ''The Book''! Most RMHs Have been built from the pages of this book, and 95% of all the 1st time builds
(that worked) were built after an understanding of the core ideas in the book allowed us to come here to Permies -Knowing that we were using the
same words to describe the same parts, their sizes, shapes, materials, and the orientation of these parts both to each other both to each other and
to the whole !
Mostly when a member responds to a Question in these Forum Threads they are going to Assume that you have read the book and only need a little
Clarifying to smooth the way ! If this is not true we can inadvertently send you down the wrong path !
You did not give us a location, or climate, or size and layout of Your project, but yes it can be done*.
Simply telling your contractor that you will be building a Masonry type stove with advanced heat storage capabilities and your preferred location will
allow him to show you a plan that will deal with the weight issues (close to 2 tons) and protecting your interior wood exposures !
Please come back here often, take lots of pictures*, and give us a little more information*! Your fellow Members here love helping future Rocketeers!
For the Good of The Crafts! BIG AL
Success has a Thousand Fathers , Failure is an Orphan
This isn't about RMH, but log cabins. We also were determined to live in a log cabin, do a lot of research on "kits" and decided it was not for us. We didn't want pine, read too many articles about serious checking in the kit, kiln dried homes and found a wonderful alternative. Vintage Log and Lumber - they save 1800s cabins, mainly from WV, dismantle and ship. We used it as raw material to build our cabin and fireplaces. Our cabin is made from oak, pecan and poplar dating to 1835. Worth checking out!
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