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Matt Walker
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Hey Permies,
I finally got around to filming a video introducing you all to my cookstove and oven combo. It's kinda long and rambling, sorry! I do think this overview will give you the general idea, and I'll cover some details in later videos. Enjoy!

 
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Hi Matt,
I'm asking around and trying to find someone who can help build a Masonry Heater with Bake Oven and Cook Top for a small home and also a Rocket Mass water heater in the Western side of Virginia or the Eastern side of West Virginia. I am willing to help out with the work I just need someone to lead with the actually building of it. If you know of anyone in my area that could help with this, please let me know. Thanks. My contact info is:540-474-3146 or mustobeyacts2_38@yahoo.com
 
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Hi Tara, your best bet is probably to contact The Masonry Heater Association of North America (which happens to be based in VA!) and find a builder near you. I wish I knew of someone firsthand in your area, but I do not. Good luck!

http://www.mha-net.org/member-directory/
 
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Here's a little build discussion for those of you who are building one at the moment.  Hope it helps!


 
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Here is a short video showing the basic methods I use to fabricate a door for the Walker cook stove.   I was trying to get this done a few weeks ago for Evan, but.....better late than never!  Evan, I hope this finds you in time to be of some use. 

 
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Mat... That is a nice stove and i have no idea how i missed it for so long and if i had seen this before i built mine, i would have built one like it. goodness very impressive.
would you be so kind i am so curious, I have a few questions:

how long does a full batch box burn for?

what is the largest unsplit log you have put in your batch box?

What temp does the glass top get?

what temp can you get the oven?

when your cooking is done and you open the oven does it effect the batch box?

does it start to smoke because you introduce air into the oven exhaust path when you open the oven door?

how did you get your (boiler door) oven door air tight?


thank you for sharing!

i have designed in my mind a thin firebrick plating and peter air vent for longevity of air vent and firebox and would love to share.
 
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Full details will be found in this thread over at Donkey's site:

http://donkey32.proboards.com/thread/1624/walker-riser-less-core
 
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I had recently just found this while doing youtube batch box research, I had been subbed to the youtube channel but youtube dropped my sub for some reason and so missed it when this came out.

Anyways love this. I had been lusting after the Kitchen Queen wood cook stove, but the price was not so attractive. But this pricing would likely be a lot better, especially if I can pick up plenty of used materials at a discount. Plus unlike a comerial product I can customize and create a unique one of a kind stove with this design.

While I missed this when it first came out, I found it at a great time, while I am working on designing my house build. So now I can put this idea into consideration and planning for my house design.

I am working on a hex shaped house design, and am brainstorming ideas how I could make one of these stove/ovens in a hex shape to mirror the building shape. Hopefully I can figure it out and come up with a really cool looking version of one of these.

Thanks for all the amazing experimentation and work you do Matt. It is really appreciated.
 
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Matt I had a question about the kitchen side glass, could a windowed door with a very good seal be put in it's place with an air wash? Would this be a good or bad idea? In your videos you had mentioned the difficulty of cleaning the window, so I was thinking it would make cleaning the glass easier to have a door with a window rather than just a window. But then it dawned on me with a windowed door with an air wash you could be adding a little extra air in that corner that might help with the burn.

I don't know if this would work or not, I still haven't made one RMH yet, so all my knowledge is from reading and videos rather than practical experience. But I thought this might be worth mentioning and getting your take on it.
 
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Thanks so much Devin!  It means a lot to me to hear that what I share helps you, I appreciate that you've taken the time to let me know.

I love the idea of a window attachment that allows opening for cleaning.  I believe it is too hot there for any metal assembly, but, it gives me ideas for sure.  Thank you for that. 

Hey F!  Sorry I missed all those questions.  Maybe you've found most of your answers, but the answer to most of them, is "it depends."  The stove is highly tuneable depending on your goals. 
 
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Hi Matt,
I have been watching your videos for a while now and recently I was showing your batchbox improvement to your RMH when my sister noticed your kitchen stove in the suggested video list on the side. I have been sorta following that project for awhile now with plans on building one some time in the future. Now that the cat is out of the bag so to speak, it seems the future has arrived much faster than I had planned. (sis showed mom and mom wants. What mom wants....lol) So, do you have a place with layout diagrams for the stove? I watched the slideshow and while it was very helpful, I still can't rap my head around the exact layout and measurements. Also, on a side note, my co-driver swears she knows you from somewhere and was wondering if you were from Wisconsin. Thanks for all you do, and I look forward to seeing more from you.
 
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Thanks Joseph, that feels great!  Nope, no Wisconsin connection.  All PNW, and a bit of time spent in the rockies a long time ago.  I don't have anything more detailed than the slideshow.  I intended to make plans, but.......I have no idea how to do that.  However, I promise, if you have bricks in your hand, and those photos, it will build itself.  If you need any help along the way, I'm happy to help if I can. 
 
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Matt Walker wrote:Thanks so much Devin!  It means a lot to me to hear that what I share helps you, I appreciate that you've taken the time to let me know.


I find it is easy and common to offer up criticism and complaints, but what is truly important is to offer compliments and acknowledgment of what is done right when you see it and have the chance. For the very reason it is less common so can be so much more important to convey.
 
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Matt Walker wrote:I love the idea of a window attachment that allows opening for cleaning.  I believe it is too hot there for any metal assembly, but, it gives me ideas for sure.  Thank you for that.


Hmm, yes I can see how the area likely would be too hot for metal. It is burning the 2ndary air black pipe away, so other metal would likely be in some danger of problems too. But if my suggestion gave you an idea, I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with. It is awesome seeing your videos of how you experiment and try lots of different things. Love the curious mind that enjoys tinkering with ideas to see how alterations might change and improve something.
 
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Matt, what do you think of the idea of using your castable core process with this cookstove? Do you thank that would work from a performance point of view? My reason for the change from insulated bricks being finances - at least, I *think* it'd be cheaper to make it with a castable core. Soft red bricks for the outside I've got plenty.

Thank you sir, great work you do!
 
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Bryan de Valdivia wrote:Matt, what do you think of the idea of using your castable core process with this cookstove? Do you thank that would work from a performance point of view? My reason for the change from insulated bricks being finances - at least, I *think* it'd be cheaper to make it with a castable core. Soft red bricks for the outside I've got plenty.

Thank you sir, great work you do!


Hmmm, a castable core sounds interesting. Wonder if it could be done in one single piece or if you would need to make it in parts?
 
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Hey Bryan, thank you for the thanks!   No, the mix I share in my J casting video is way too fragile for this core.  There are commercial castables that would work, or ceramic board, or any number of refractory products and processes, but, that won't save you any money, and bricks stack up easily.  IFBs are one of those things, if you need them now they are expensive, but keep a running want ad on CL going for old kilns or kiln parts, and I bet you'll find some for cheap if you can wait.
 
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