I don't think so. They are fundamentally opposite in function and mechanics. You would somehow have to make the furnace intake air pass through the mass (separate from the RMH ducting) to be warmed before being blown through the air supply ducts... very inefficient, and probably ineffective.
posted 3 years ago
Thanks for the reply and saving me from extra energy spent uselessly.
Location: Upstate NY, zone 5
posted 3 years ago
Since yu are interested in the idea of RMHs, I wouldn't abandon the thought completely. An RMH won't integrate with your furnace, but if you have space in your living area (not basement unless that is well-used living space), you could build a modest RMH that would increase comfort and lower your heating bills.
- - - - What Glenn Said, for other future Rocketeers how find their way here - Because neither Iron or Steel can last when exposed to the temperatures
of a well built and efficient Rocket Mass Heater RMH, The Actual Combustion area must be made of Hi-Temp firebrick !
This is a trade-off as the wear now occurs to the fire brick rather than Metal Fatigue and blistering caused by '' High Temperature Hydrogen Attack ".
And by the time you reline with firebrick the inside of most wood stoves and Furnaces you limit the amount of wood that can be burned at one time !
Add in the different burning characteristics that can literally Choke-off the combustion zones air passageways with coals ,embers, and ash and you
further reduce both the amount of wood that can be burned, and the ability to create the high temperatures that produce a clean burn !
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