James Wisco

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"Where there's smoke, there's fire." --> "Where there's smoke, there's an inefficient fire."
7 months ago
Brian - check this out - http://www.heatkit.com/research/2009/lopez-rocket.htm
(sorry for temporarily hijacking the thread.  back to your regularly scheduled RMH tour at Wheaton Labs)
8 months ago
John - I did this in a different context, to heat a small greenhouse, and avoided the complication of heating water.  I also did it using less than ideal materials - mainly clay, as opposed to the vastly superior insulated firebrick, ceramic fiberboard and ceramic fiber batting.  I think that if those materials were employed, it would perform quite well.  Mine worked well enough, and I was able to heat a masonry bell on the coldest nights of the year.  It wasn't very practical in the sense that I wasn't willing to make a fire every day.  Take a look: http://donkey32.proboards.com/thread/2321/indoor-outdoor-greenhouse-heater

It has certainly been an idea that has been rolling around in my head for a while - to do it in a residential setting with optimal materials.
8 months ago