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Anne Christgau
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Good Morning from across the pond. My first post on Rocket Stoves, Hello to all.
I have a small hut 7' 6" x 18'. No insulation to date. Old wood stove has finally collapsed.
Am very interested in the Minnie Mouse heater / stove, 4" J style in bell, built by Peter Van de Berg at a get together in Montana, have searched the net For more information without success, only one or two photos and a brief description of build by Peter on this forum. Ianto Evans book does not show such a build. It seems to be a relatively easy build for me bearing in mind age and physical ability. Most important it has a small footprint.
Three questions.

1) For the 'Minnie Mouse' Can I use a barrel smaller than the 55 gallon mentioned and still line it with brick for internal mass?
2) I have read that the heat riser is cut down, how far should it come towards the top of the barrel?
3) Alternatively if I cast a 4' batch box for the 'Fat Rabbit' how far could I reduce the size of barrel?

Be most grateful for any advice am not up to speed with the maths or science.
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