charles schmidtke

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I am looking to find a book or books that detail the different speices of poisons plants including the growth, cultivation, and use of their specific attributes.
Any help you could render would be appreciated. I am also looking for books that cover the uses of non poisons plants as it refers to medicinal purposes.
4 years ago
that's good to know I was considering building my RMH with a concrete bench but I guess it will be cob.
5 years ago
In the book by ianto evans it covers building a RMH on a wood floor and has lots of great info an air gap between the floor and the burn chamber is the best method of insulating the wood.
5 years ago
ok so I got the book and have read it cover to cover twice now I see the importance of sizing the burn chamber and feed tube and riser correctly I watched the videos and have picked up some good info there as well I think this will work for heating the new house, My questions are 1. is it better to have the riser made from a round pipe or brick? 2. can I introduce air into the feed tube from outside via a 4" vent pipe with a metal blast gate so it can be shut down ? is it possible to switch the feed burn and riser to 10" without having to spend a billion dollars on super thick stainless steel and other components? also can cement be used in place of cob my wife isn't so hot on the idea of a mud furnace in the living room.
5 years ago
im going to pick up the books and study ill build a green house heater first to work the kinks out and go from there, I would love to build a house from tires like that but the wife would not go for it thanks for the video suggestions ill have more questions later.
5 years ago
thanks for the info ill put that into my plans I am going to be building a house in Greencastle, Indiana I want to put the stove in the large open living area the house is going to have a large stair case in the middle of the house and open up to a big landing that all the bedrooms and bath room will open up to I also plan on putting vents in the celling that open up to the floor above to get more heat up stairs, as a back up im going to install a minisplit system through out the house but I don't think I will need to use it to heat as I am also going to have a wood burning cook stove in the kitchen that I will use during the fall and winter months. one thing that concerns me is that I am going to be using SIPs to build they make for a very air tight house should I plan for some makeup air from the outside? too many questions also can I make the feed port taller to allow for longer sticks?
5 years ago
Hi this may not be the tread to post this but im new here and couldn't figure out how to start a new thread, my question has to do with venting the rmh dose it have to go up and through the roof or can I vent it out through a wall? If I do vent it through the roof dose the extra pipe present a problem like introducing smoke back? and where can I get this book on building them? thanks
5 years ago