Dave Hunt wrote:I like your ideas. My wife wants to start raising some meat chickens next year (we have layers now) she also suggested raising a few turkeys (naming them Thanksgiving and Christmas her joke not mine). You said you have about 1000 trees? How many acres do you have planted with trees? How long did it take from planting to harvest? Do you have any good bulk sources for seedlings? I was thinking about planting a few trees (50) on my property for Christmas trees. It would be pretty neat to make a tradition of taking my boys (20 months and newborn) out to cut down our Christmas tree every year.
Jim LaFrom wrote:
Allen Herod wrote:Maybe this has been tried. Forgive me, I haven't read all the RMH stuff but here's my brainstorm (possibly a brain fart). I saw some discussion on the intake coming from inside or outside. I'm on the bandwagon that it needs to come from inside for healthy air exchange. Now for my brain fart... What about an exhaust recirculation back into the burn chamber, much like a turbo charger on a diesel engine? On a turbo diesel engine (I believe this is the concept) fresh air is pulled in but exaust is also forced back into the intake (via the turbo, driven by exhaust pressure) creating more fresh air draw (kind of like a siphon effect) but also recirculating heat that would otherwise be lost out the chimney. Maybe it has been tried and failed or is already part of the system and im missing it. Seems like a possibility to me and should boost the initial heating up of the system at the very least? It would possibly increase air exchange in the room but also generate more heat in return. Point me in the right direction if I am missing something.
I think the goal for this project is to have everything be done as 'passively' as possible. (No other energy inputs.) As you well may know, turbo chargers involve compressors and re-circulation under pressure which is nice for the technology in cars, jets and watercraft but for the purposes of this discussion/ brainstorming session we are looking for as simple as possible. Those Turbos need other energy inputs and at the end of it all would be a net energy loss.. Just re-venting the smoke back into the fire chamber without some sort of closed loop would just force smoke into the room because of the open feed tube. Secondly cooling the smoke too much, without forced air circulation would kill any draw to vent to the exterior resulting in SRS, smoky room syndrome.
Any ideas of forced air movement, turbocharging, outside air sources really need to be focused into a 'batch fed', airtight, system. Essentially a wood burning stove.Keep brainstorming though. We need to keep those neurons activated.
Dale Hodgins wrote:I would truly like to be dictator of the Americas, but my chances are so slim, that it's not something I lose much sleep over.