I'm a new member & was wondering if there is anybody located in NH that has a rocket mass heater. If so, how did you get approval from the town/county you live in?
Thank you, in advance, for any time you take to reply/help me answer these questions.
Hi Daniel; Welcome to permies! I'm sure that you will hear from a local rocket builder soon. I moved away from new england 35 years ago, at that time I was in vermont where everybody had a wood stove and there were no regulations (other than common sense ) on what you could have. I assume that NH would have been the same (at least in the rural areas) . In these modern times there seems to be a "rule" about everything ! If your home already has a wood burner then only a guest would see your super cool RMH, no need to tell anybody in authority that you are smarter than they are! If you are rural and your neighbors burn wood then build it... after startup the only thing coming out your chimney will be steam! Nobody will know its not a large dryer vent ! (lol) In truth a properly built rmh is so much safer and so efficient that states should REQUIRE that you build one if you burn wood ! (Fat chance of that !!!) Learn the local regulations about masonry heaters ,or lack of ... get some fire brick and clay ,build practise rmh's in the backyard before trying to build in your home. Hopefully a local (Live free or die) RMH builder will respond to you soon. Don't give up, even in the case of senseless rules made up by ignorant bureaucrats who are more interested in keeping their job than improving the world we live in .
Danial; If asked, refer to your rmh as a masonry heater. Build it with normal wood stove precautions, if you're building on an existing floor then raise core and mass up on concrete board supported by brick. Insurance people won't know or understand about a rocket mass heater , but ... they might... know what a masonry heater is. Remember If you don't start your house on fire ... the insurance people will never visit...
Not all who wander are lost... J.R.R. Tolkien
posted 3 years ago
Thank you, for the advice. I will consider how to go about it as soon as I get the spot ready for it.