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Conner Goertzen
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I am a non-experienced RMH nerdo that is wondering if anyone has tried combining a rocket mass stove or furnace with a steam engine in any way? I am wondering how effective the combination of producing hot water, heat, and electricity through a steam engine might be. Looking for validation, or rejection, and/or ideas!
 
thomas rubino
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Conner; I too am interested in steam, not to combine it with a RMH, but as a standalone steam engine that would spin a generator and send the exhaust steam into my greenhouse/studio to help the rmh keep it comfy out there. Steam is very dangerous! burns , explosions.... scary stuff if you don't know what you are doing. I have several friends that are members of the boilermakers union and another who is a certified boiler operator. They would love to help me set up a safe boiler and steam donkey. Its not cheap to invest in steam and there is a lot of information you will need to study before lighting your steam boiler up for the first time. As a newbie I recommend you build your rmh first ... then spend your first winter reading up on steam power , and saving your $ for a future investment in steam equipment.
 
Conner Goertzen
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I appreciate the concern! I realize it's probably a pipe dream for me. What are you using for your heat, if not a rocket stove? Solar?
 
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Conner Goertzen :Thomas R. Has given you the story straight without dwelling on the Inherent dangers involved in handling steam.

When Water flashes to steam the expansion rate is incredible and can take place in micro seconds! Your Fellow Members refer to this as Boom-Squish

With you being the Squish !

Think Boston Marathon Bombing -only with more casualties and more (total body / Full thickness) burns !

Here is a glance at some Almost ready for primetime technology that is much more user friendly and is scaled for homestead or small Intentional

Community use.

Note that for years everyone who tried to use this technology wanted to use some form of waste process heat to make the Sterling engine work.

Here they have turned that Idea on its head, custom building a Heat Energy system for the Stirling Engine, and re-covering the waste heat for Domestic

Use !

See Link Below :


http://www.permies.com/t/49928/solar/game-changer-Tamera-Sunpulse-stirling

For the Good of the Crafts ! Big AL
 
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