You may have enough PV solar panels to get some heating, but it would take quite a few to generate substantial home heat.
You've probably considered Solar PLUS RMH...? The whims of weather & sunshine pretty much beg for some such combination.
Barbara Du Mond wrote: However, we are concerned about air quality and don't want to be adding to global warming via our heating system if at all possible. We are located in the mountains between the ocean and SF bay and have winter spare the air days when no wood burning is allowed (with exceptions for homes that are only heated by wood). We have more than enough wood on our lot, and need to do additional thinning to reduce fire load. So I'm hoping that someone can tell me what gasses are given off from the RMH, especially how much carbon and volatile gasses are released into the atmosphere. I'm open to other ideas about how to heat the space as well.
One of the things I like about burning wood for heat is you're releasing carbon back to the atmosphere that's been stored for what, 20 to 50 years maybe? Much preferred to the eons old carbon being pulled out of the ground, IMO... And if you're burning fuels off the property, you'll release far fewer pollutants than if they were consumed in a wild fire...every year we have to live through a smoke filled valley during fire season. A forest fire is not exactly a model of efficiency lol. And as others have said, a properly running rocket stove won't smoke at all once it's up to speed...the smoke is fully consumed by the fire. Even carbon monoxide should be pretty well burned up.
Been there. Done that. Went back for more. But this time, I took this tiny ad with me:
five days of natural building (wofati and cob) and rocket cooktop oct 8-12, 2018https://permies.com/t/92034/permaculture-projects/days-natural-building-wofati-cob