Where are the independent lab verifications of your claims? I'm down with the idea, it sounds awesome, but asking me to buy a product (or try an alternative form of heating) with sources little more than a link to a forums calculation and some clips of peoples' hands and faces in front of the exhaust vent does little to whet my scientific appetite. Make it a little more appealing to us data types, and you'd probably have a further reach.
Because honestly, I'd be a lot more likely to support this kickstarter (and endeavors like it) were I to see some funding diverted to research and development. Obviously you've done a lot of r&d, but getting metrics independently verified does a lot to bolster your case. And it is your case your selling here, not the DVDs, right?
A simple lab test shouldn't cost that much, in the greater scheme of things, right? Mostly, I'm curious about CO levels (CO2 levels as well, of course, and other potential contaminants), but the big picture question of total input to total output is the most interesting question. It's easy for me to conceive that a thermal mass heated very efficiently via wood is much more efficient than blown hot air, but how much more/less efficient is a traditional rocket mass heater than a RMH heated by, say, natural gas? Is it a toss up? Are the differences so minute as to push us towards simply collecting deadwood around our properties to warm ourselves, or is the answer more nuanced than that? Just curious. After all, there are a lot of building permits to go through for us "normalies", just want to make sure we're making the right decision here.
Rick Frey wrote:I had a brilliant plan or at least a moderately interesting idea to use the exhaust from my rmh as a source of CO2 for my greenhouse. During the day I could do a quick burn for a hit of CO2 and at night, on occasion, I wanted to pump all the CO2 into the greenhouse to kill pests. Supposedly at CO2 levels around 10,000 ppm, bugs die and it's an easy and thorough way to kill things like aphids, mites - all sorts of pests that are hard to eradicate. In order to try out the idea, I took an empty garbage bag, put in a stem of a plant with a heavy aphid infestation and then filled the bag with exhaust air from my rmh system. I tied up the bag, left it for a few hours, and when I came back, the bugs were all asleep, but not dead. It made me think the 10,000 ppm CO2 killing bugs was an internet myth.
Rick Frey wrote:So, looking at your results, I don't ever see percent CO2 listed. And as I looked at both sets of results, I realized I have no idea what percent of the exhaust is CO2. I get the temperature of the stack, percent of O2 and the ppm CO, but what does % Eff qr. stand for and what is % ExAir? Do you know the rough numbers for percent of CO2 in typical final exhaust from an RMH? I get this is a bit tangential to this discussion, if you're up for responding, mail/message is fine, or, it might be nice to have that info as part of the total package of official results.