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!
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.
Not all who wander are lost... J.R.R. Tolkien
posted 5 years ago
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?