I love sitting around a firepit with friends. I don't love constantly stoking it with wood, always having a cold back side, showering before I go to sleep because I stink, and breathing in smoke all night.
So I want to try building an outdoor rocket mass heater but I have some concerns.
Will the freezing temps in Connecticut cause cracking or total disintegration of the cob (or anything else for that matter)?
How weather proof is cob out I the open? Will it withstand rain and snow?
I thought it would be a good idea to vent the exhaust through small vents running along the base of the front of the bench to warm your feet. Would this be of any concern due to poisonous gasses?
Is there anything else you can think of that may be a stumbling block to building an outdoor rocket mass heater that I have not thought of?
I'm sorry if this has been asked elsewhere but I have searched and not found anything.
Thanks in advance for your help!