Sean Hyland

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Western NY
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Hi Roy,
It's perfectly plausible that I am totally missing the basics of heat transfer here. I'm a timber framer by trade, so this is not exactly my specialty.

I'm not sure I understand why it would take more propane to heat the mass than heating the air directly? I understand that it would take longer to transfer through the thermal mass, but where would the loss occur?

Expiring minds need to know! Thanks
5 months ago
Hi Julia, I am a timber framer in WNY and I have never had a crane operator ask me about being bonded. Before you rule out the crane have you checked a variety of operators? Depending on where you are I may know an operator that I have dealt with in your area. Feel free to PM me.

That being said, gin poles can be great, but can be difficult to move around from pick to pick depending on your situation. The best resource on this is the US Army Rigging Manual. It's available as a download online, any is absolutely invaluable.

Best of luck!
Thanks all for the input and suggestions. Many good thoughts there.
I'm thinking along the lines of having a totally separate firebox for the propane section with it's own fresh air intake and exhaust. Yes, the stove would be freestanding near the center of the house. I like the idea of incorporating the burner at floor leve, below the wood firebox.
I really haven't gotten as far as discussing it with any masons, and had just had the initial brainwave.
I was sort of half expecting that someone somewhere has done it already. (Nothing new under the sun and all that.)
I'm on the same page with some of you on the liability issue. This would have to be a burner which was in some way "legit" for the application seeing as it's for a customer and not for myself. Also, installed and designed with the blessing of the mason executing the work. Nothing janky for customers! Myself, that's another matter...
Caveats aside, the difficulties really don't seem to be insurmountable and seems to have the possibility to be a worthwhile idea to pursue further.
Maybe this will go somewhere in the short term, or it may end up shelved in the mental warehouse for later...
6 months ago
I have a client who I am working through the design phase on what is shaping up to be a very neat house project. She is pretty set on wanting a masonry stove which would be capable of heating the whole house (less than 1500 sq. ft.). However, she wants the ability to travel etc. for periods during the winter and so we will need a secondary heat source. I was thinking grumpily about the redundancy and cost inefficiencies that come with installing two fully functional heating systems in a house when I had what seemed to me a potentially Very Interesting Idea.

Would it be possible to install a thermostat controlled propane burner in a masonry heater, thus making one heat delivery method (the masonry mass) duel fuel and capable of automatic control? Naturally the propane burner would have to have it's own burn chamber, separate from the wood burn chamber, and would want it's own small flue running up the chimney.
What are the problems with this idea? Has this ever been done before that anyone knows of?  

6 months ago
A primary function of a rubble trench foundation is it's ability to act a drain for any water. Without knowing exactly what asphalt millings are like, but knowing what asphalt is like, I would be concerned that the material would not remain "loose" enough to function as a drain. Over time would it compact into one large wad of asphalt? It seems with rubble trench, the key is have large enough material to promote fast drainage, but small enough to compact effectively, eliminating settling. I have only done one rubble trench, so I am by no means an expert.
3 years ago
Ah, good point! Location is Alfred NY. 14803. Western NY about 1 1/2 hrs south of Rochester.
5 years ago
Used Crystal Cold Propane refrigerator, model CC18, black with stainless steel front, 18 cu. ft. of space. This was manufactured in 2007, and we purchased it in 2008. We are the original owners and have been using in our house off the grid. Unlike many gas fridges, this is big enough for a family to use comfortably. We have recently gotten enough solar panels to get an electric fridge, so here this is! This fridge would be $2150 brand new. We are asking $1,300.

A couple of links for this model:

If you know anything about propane fridges you know that they last forever, no moving parts. This fridge works perfectly, is efficient on propane, and we have been very happy with it. Cosmetic condition is good, there are assorted scratches and dings, but this is still a sharp looking fridge. There are a couple interior bins that have damage. I am going to get a price on replacements, and will add that when I get it. I can email or text pics if anyone would like them. My # is 607-661-8470 and my name is Sean.
5 years ago