Good morning everyone and what a nice forum this is ,
question i have is recently i upgraded to a mobile home "double wide" 28x44 for a cabin instead of my half the size cabin . Has propane heat which works fine but i like the wood heat as i spend the fall and winter month's hunting and playing , im nervous about installing my woodstove inside and really do not want to give up living space as well its a good size stove with a built in blower . My thoughts where to build a cement block house for stove next to trailer and use the blower to to vent inside through a wall , its not going to be the main heat source more of a comfort on colder days or nights . Has anyone ever tried or seen anything like this i, i dont see any harm or problems with idea . any advice would be great .
I've seen references to this. Seems to work ok, basically a outdoor boiler but you use air yo move the heat rather than water.
You will want a CO2 detector but you would want that anyway.
You will want to insulate your block house,and/or put it inside a greenhouse.
A greenhouse would keep the blocks dry, offer a place to store wood and the block house could be painted black for solar gain.
It's also will lose heat at night, so a simple insulated block house might be better.
How about an insulated block house at one end of a lean to greenhouse?
Walk the length of the greenhouse in relative comfort,feeding the fire from the nice, dry, wood pile.
A great deal of the joy of a wood stove is radiant heat, your plan sends all that lovely radiant heat into an essentially unused block house and reduces your wood stove to the brutal inefficiencies of convective heat.
The make a "wood furnace" that does exactly what you talk of, and ties into your existing circulation system, they are raging expensive...and horrific efficiencies attend, as they do with any convective system.
An outdoor boiler uses wood and at least heats the mass of water, water can be piped to a heat exchanger placed under the filter of your existing system and blown throughout the house, piped to wallboard (convective) units, sent to underfloor (or add on overfloor ) radiant piping, or piped through rock or cob mass for radiant heat. an outdoor boiler can handle the burden of domestic water heating and relieve the heating burden of a clothes dryer.
Finally if you have a "sliding glass door" could you create an alcove for your heater leaving your floor space unreduced you stove outside the structure, and still harvest the benefits of the radiant heat, the storage mass of the steel and firebrick, as well as lose the heatsink of a large expanse of glass?
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