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Hey everyone!
After a couple years bumping around Peru where heat is not needed, i have landed in Ireland.  Back to thinking about RMH as heat source.  Wood is scarce here, but peat is plentiful.  Any insights, or better yet, actual RMH/rocket stove users here in the Emerald Isle using Peat as fuel?

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I remember the smell of burning peat on the beach at our bonfire made from peat near Glen Head. There is plenty of smoke from peat, so I would think it would work in a RMH just fine. You can always dry stack some bricks in a rocket pattern and test fire it and you should see if it will work, but I'm thinking it will work fine. I think I would go with a batch burn though, because you get those great coals from peat and they could build up and stay for quite some time; they could clog up the burn tunnel in a J tube or the feed tube in a L tube, maybe they won't but I think having chamber for them to sit in is good insurance.  I like to make my burn chambers bigger to accommodate ash and to keep the smoke in the chamber when I open the door. But I'm sure you can find something that will work well for you. Either way I hope you post pix of what you come up with.

Good luck,

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since peat is not renewable I would suggest its not such a viable alternative. Its also I would think harder to handle in the fire and a bit of a faff on . Unless you have your own bog and can dry your own and in that case you would be better off planting willow , as in irelands climate it grows like mad
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I need to research these heaters, though.  I know very little, honestly.
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