Bruno Roef

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Hi,

Due to circumstances we have to sell our property in Southern France.
It's a great place for living off-grid. Solar, own water supply, acreage for food growing, own woodland, masonry heater, rocket mass heater, fruit trees, etc....all there.
Click link below for more details:

http://www.sustainable-properties-forsale.com/adverts/SP0079/fd_SP0079.html

Kind regards,

Ludolf
What are the problems with an insert?

My idea was to insert a stainless steel tube in the opening above and have it come down about 30 cm above burn chamber floor to create rocket effect. Than build two bells over it and connect the top bell with the chimney.
Does this make sense, or is it an overexcited inexperienced fool talking?


5 years ago
I don't have a picture of our stove, but it is more or less like this one:



The only difference is that we have a see through, so opening windows on both sides.
And the cast iron heat absorption/radiation device (or whatever you call that extension on the top) is larger with our's.
5 years ago
Hi Satamax,

Thank you for your information, that is very helpful!

I've been looking into rocket bells, and I think I'll go that way. We already have a regular wood burning stove "poele a bois", and I think I'll try to turn that into a rocket bell stove.

Thanks for the idea!

Ludolf
5 years ago
Satamax, thank you for responding.
I have already collected most of the materials
Do you have experience with "boisseau terre cuite" to use in your RMH?
See this link:
http://www.pointp.fr/docindus/0003%20Platre%20Isolation/01902%20TERREAL/Terreal_conduits.pdf

I guess Monetier is a little far away, I'm an hour north west of Beziers, near Murat sur vebre.
Winters are quite strong and long here. -10 is no exception.

Maybe I can ask you some questions:
How are the winters in Monetier?
Do your RMH's run well?
Are you satisfied with the amount of heat they can produce? I want to heat a big house with two.
Can I see some pictures of your RMH's?
Did you stick to the desciptions in Evans' book?

Ludolf
5 years ago
Hi,

This summer I'm planning on builidng three Rocket Mass Heaters in the Hérault in southern France. Does anyone in that vicinity have experience with building a Rocket Mass Heater?

Ludolf
5 years ago
Allen,

It's in French, but the pictures are clear....

http://www.pointp.fr/docindus/0003%20Platre%20Isolation/01902%20TERREAL/Terreal_conduits.pdf

About the C.S.A., I've given that a lot of thought, and it's constant throughout my plans. I'll make sure to build enough clean outs.

Thank you for the advise on aluminum. I'll be using mostly stainless steel, but I would like to cut costs where possible.

Ludolf
5 years ago

David Livingston wrote:Alas a bit far for me although there is a possibilty in July as we visit Tocane St. Âpre in the Dordoigne for an Irish Music festival

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David, Tocane is still quite far from our place. I don't know yet when I will be in France in July, I'll keep you posted.

5 years ago
Thank you Allen,

I guess I should have introduced myself a bit more before scattering my questions on this forum. At the moment I live in Holland, I'm Dutch. Eventually I'm planning on emigrating to my parents farm in France.
Up until now they've been burning a ridiculous amount of wood to keep it warm. Most of my time during holidays there I'm collecting, chopping and stacking wood. Through the frustration of seeing 12 cords of wood seeing nuked straight through the chimney, I found out about the RMH. One of the first things I did was getting the book in PDF and read it. So yes, I do have the book.

This summer I hope to have built 3 RMH's. And at the moment I'm mostly orientating on how to build them and with which materials. As those clay stone chimney ducts (see picture in previous post) are cheap and readily available I though of using them. If I use a round metal pipe for the heat riser and those clay stones just as insulation container, will that work?

And, for the flue does aluminum pipe work as well instead of steel for heat exchange?
(aluminum is much cheaper)

Ludolf
5 years ago