i learned of these rocket stoves/heaters last year. the more i learn the more i want to learn more! so, like most i see, i made a few little ones out of a lot of wrong things. lol this one is far from ideal but it sure can boil water.
it has been great fun to play with for sure. i really gained confidence in these things by playing with it. i originally cast it in a plastic tub with a signboard inner form. all in one piece with a stubby riser(the square part down there you can see). its roughly a 4"x4" system, made from clay sand and perilite. during a move the feed tube area broke off. turned out to be a good thing though. it led to me using brick pavers to rebuild that area(i know but its all i had on hand). that in turn made it easy to reconfigure different sizes and shapes for this area. even more fun and more learning! after endless tweeks force feeds and alternate fuels it came down to the simple square j tube configuration, fed with wood. now dont get me wrong wood isnt the hottest way to run one. but forced air + water mist, on the burning magnesium mower deck chunks just isnt practical. lol
i have a question for you seasoned vets. this 4"er roars fine with open riser, but will it be too small to run a bench? i mean, does it tame them down when mated up to the mass system configuration?
ill also add a thank you to everyone that i have learned from on here. what a great site across the board!
Ron Bush : Congratulations ! Working 4'' systems are actually kinda rare! You are in barely charted waters! I think you might be able to build a kinda snug bench seat
for two if you are both skinny!
My best advice Go for it! If you have to turn it into a one man throne, all your materials are recyclable and this is a test rig, right ?
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posted 4 years ago
well i guess the bench for 2 is out. lol
yes test rig for sure. its been setting outside all year. can really see the erosion on the surface. but im surprised its not more. one of the best things about cob is the easy reuse. crush wet and form again.
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