- Portable / Pebble style rocket mass heater: You could consider a lower-mass heater such as Paul Wheaton's pebble-style / box-and-fill construction (also removable should the need arise).
- Smaller masonry heaters: European apartment heaters, and a few American manufacturers, include moderate-mass masonry heaters. You could look into a Tulikivi heater, or a soapstone woodstove, then use it as a springboard to discuss less-expensive "hybrid options" (rocket mass heater). Kiko Denzer's 'Heater Hat' is a clever example of a tiny masonry heater built onto a woodstove.
- Improved radiant heat: If the apartment already has a fireplace or wood-fired heat source, you could look at improving that heater (e.g. with a Rumford retrofit) and/or creating more storage to sustain the warmth after the fire is out (a brick hearth or backsplash designed to catch radiant heat from the stove, dense 'art' or brick 'end-tables' in front of the fireplace, a heater hat as above, or just pile bricks on the stove....
- Passive-solar techniques: You could also look at improving your thermal mass heat storage for sunlight. Jars of colored water or oil in the sunny windowsills, stone-slab or tile (even over carpet), stone or glass coffee-tables and curios, and other thermal mass additions can store a lot of heat while spreading it out at acceptable loads for an apartment floor. Insulating drapes or wall-hangings can help you trap that heat at night. Use shady / exterior walls for storage, e.g. wardrobes or enclosed book-cases, with insulation between furniture and wall.
allen lumley wrote:Alex Veidel : 1st) What are you plans to protect your plumbing pipes ? Irregardless of whose responsibility it is to manage your water supply,
Living with buckets of water to heat on a stove and for flushing with gets old fast ! The heater described in your link has a tip-over cut-off switch
so I am assuming it is portable !
My best idea would be to put it under a big table and drape the table with blankets this will maximize your comfort. Five gallon buckets filled with damp
sand will allow you to move your hot spot- but i really don't expect it to get you through a upper mid-west winter ! see link below :
For the good of the Craft! Big AL
Mike Feddersen wrote:Allen,
Alex, I wonder if you had a small ceiling fan, if that would help remove the the
pool of heat at ceiling level? With your loft sleeping arrangement, I can imagine
not wanting to crank the heat up too much since heat rises, so having a mass
down where the heater is located would be smart.
An idea would be to have a exterior insulating barrier for your bottom side of
your tiny house. A fairly cheap idea is strawbales, stacked two high. I also
saw this radiant barrier that might be added to the bottom side of your tiny
house. Radiant Barrier