Steve Smyth wrote:Hey Everyone,
I have been lurking about for quite some time with great interest. I have been looking forward to warm weather so that I can start tinkering with my first RMH just for fun.
Well, that was the plan until I opened my electric bill the other day. This is our first winter in our new (to us) 340sq ft home and I knew our heating cost would be something to contend with but I did not expect almost $400 for a month!!
Now I am motivated to come up with a practical method of burning wood as efficiently as possible. The RMH concept looks great on the efficiency side but I am not certain how I can implement it practically.
Space is VERY limited and the layout is not flexible. I have an available "cubby" that is 42"w x 24" d x 44" t and is built of wood. I don't think that I can place the rocket stove in that space and I have some reservations about having the firebox of my first attempt at a homebuit wood stove inside my living space.
Q: Is it practical to place the burn chamber etc outside and duct the heat inside? How about heating water with the stove and using some sort of hydronic solution inside?
Q: Are lumber (2x4) scraps a reasonable fuel? Any issues? I have easy access to a quantity of this.
Q: Has anyone come up with any sort of feed system that would keep the heater fueled for several hours?
Q: I see that metal is not the ideal material to line the firebox/chimney. How about using a cardboard (sonotube) liner as a form for fire clay? It would be sacrificial and burn out during my first burns.
I am sure that I will come up with a few more
Thanks for your assistance.
Steve Smyth wrote:Thanks Everyone for the input.
It looks like I need to keep searching for a solution unless I want to build an addition to make space to put the stove inside.
I still want to build an RMH but it will have to wait for summer and will serve my outdoor entertainment area.
Tristan Vitali wrote:Another option is using vertical mass since the footprint needs to be small but the height is often not as much a factor.