I have been following this thread now for a few days. (took that long to catch up) I tried to read all of the posts on the donkey forums as well. I have a project in mind using an old wood stove with a side exit
flue. The flue is 6" diameter. The stove is a suburban manufacturing. has an air jacket for forced air as well. the bottom of the firebox is lined w/ firebrick.
So my idea is to shed the jacket and gut the stove to the very thin firebox. then, line the whole inside with the clay sand mortar and firebrick. in a similar orientation to the batch box. either remove the original exhaust flange from the stove or try to use refractory to line it. then it would exit into a perlite clay insulated riser and from there proceed like a normal rocket stove. Before i dump my limited time into this, i would like some feedback from the experts of the forum. basically, i want to know if it would be a total waste and i should just build the rmh from ianto's book, or if this has theoretical legs to stand on.