Glenn Herbert wrote:Okay, large volume for a garage, modest insulation considering the climate. You presumably don't want a long bench for a radiator, as there is usually not a lot of sitting around in a garage. Do you want to keep it heated at least modestly full time, or is your desire mostly for fast heat while you are working in the space?
My first thought would be a 6" batch box with a tall narrow bell for mass/radiator, located as close to the middle of the space as fits with your intended usage patterns. This would give a 2' to 3' wide x 4' to 6' long footprint, depending on exact configuration. If you will often want to make it warmer for short periods, I would use a standard RMH barrel over the heat riser, followed by a bell next to it. This will take a bit more space, but increase the versatility. The batch box gives a long burn time without frequent tending, which would be important in a space where you are not spending hours at a time.
Look for "peterberg batch box" in the forums at donkey32.proboards.com for dimensions and details about the batch box style.
Barbara Du Mond wrote: However, we are concerned about air quality and don't want to be adding to global warming via our heating system if at all possible. We are located in the mountains between the ocean and SF bay and have winter spare the air days when no wood burning is allowed (with exceptions for homes that are only heated by wood). We have more than enough wood on our lot, and need to do additional thinning to reduce fire load. So I'm hoping that someone can tell me what gasses are given off from the RMH, especially how much carbon and volatile gasses are released into the atmosphere. I'm open to other ideas about how to heat the space as well.
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:Great post Scott, and it really speaks to this topic...
I have lived in both "east and west" coast mindsets of burning wood...My view is I would rather burn Conifers (especially with a masonry heater type wood burning device)...and only have hard woods for cooking...My grandmother, even being from the Ozarks, preferred Pine and Cedars for heating...and hardwoods for cooking.
allen lumley wrote:YES ! Candles are a source of Soot and Nano Soot production that is hard for most people to understand as more than an intellectual exercise !
Frequent burning of candles inside a house comes with a guarantee that those spider webs up by the ceiling that you never saw before now will
be outlined in black !
Frequent use of (especially of petroleum based candles) candles will highlight this Arachnid Artwork faster that escaping smoke form well tuned
heating appliances !
The Important thing in duplicating this experiment is to use a used candle with a previously burned/carbonized wick !
Yes I tried it both ways, the used candle always works best, the Candles in my '' Oops, the power just went out '' are all pre-lite, with Carbonized
wicks! This is where I keep a stash of Empty Lighters that can still throw a hot spark !
After I get The House-Core lit- that is soon enough to trim wicks for longevity, the shorter the wick the less smoke particles I THINK
For the Good Of the Craft ! Big AL !