Post 6/18/2015 5:42:24 PM Subject: Rocket Mass Brooder
how do you regulate temperature --looks like you would be roasting the chicks...
Thekla McDaniels wrote:James,
Did you follow the link and see more pictures? At first I thought they were putting the chicks in the little round cob thing, but that's the feed tube for the fire. The heat leaves to the right. I think they have cobbed up a 6 inch duct and it crosses one end of the box they built. The chicks self regulate by moving closer or further from the heat source and each other. Just like using a light bulb and reflector, where you always make sure they can get away from the heat, as well as get to it.
It looks like a pretty clever device. Yay, smart people having fun.
Emily Aaston wrote:
We also decided to build the core entirely out of cob (heavy on perlite for the burn tunnel and heat riser). Unfortunately, we were in such a hurry that the manifold and heat riser collapses on us the night before the chicks were to arrive. But we decided to buy two more pieces of stove-pipe that was filled with perlite-cob to replace our heat riser and after a week or so of burning the heater, it was dry and ready for our chicks!