Mark Deichmann

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What I built a number of years ago and still get great service from,

is a masonry stove with four vaulted chambers above the firebox which has a vaulted ceiling and the smoke goes up to the first chamber at the back.

The firebox is four feet deep by two wide and three high .

I have a 10 foot ceiling so the whole thing is about 8 feet high including a one foot high base that extends like a hearth in front of the stove.

I am a mason so I was able to pull it off ok.

What I wanted to say was the whole core is of 2 inch firebrick. I combined refractory and masonry cement which slows down the mortar and doesn't degrade.

ONce the core was built in firebrick the outside was cladded with natural stone  to a height of 4 feet and the rest was parged .

THis thing requires a great deal of fuel but after 3 firings of about  2 garbage cans of wood the heat radiation and storage is unparalelled.

I burn mostly long wood and mostly softwood as that is what I have quantities of and it also gives the most heat.

My best advice to everyone is to use masonry as much as possible and shield any combustible matierials with mineral wool / drywall . Avoid metal.

If you are using a system with a steel pipe it it use stainless and set it up and screw it together and build around it with brick and mortar or stone that way if there are any voids they will have little impact.

Insured or not we don't want to burn the place down  for the sake of heating the house.

My big masonry stove is a big job to feed but it gives intense long lasting heat and near complete combustion. You can hear the thing roaring as gasses burn up through the chambers.

There is about 15 feet of combustion chamber before the gasses hit the chimney so what comes out is very white, like steam.

Long story short , stacked chambers are ideal , especially when built of firebrick vaults.

The outside can be customized and there must be a second layer outside the firebrick , which will get dangerously hot.  

Four inches is adequate outer skin but more can be added , 6 would be good too . The thicker that outer skin the longer it will take to heat up but the longer it will hold and re-radiate the heat.

Burning wood wide open !
2 weeks ago
Well done Rufaro and Co. !

Very tense with the drought threatening your project and saved by the new drip system and rains !

I  have to say that it is very impressive how you set goals and work and work and then achieve them !  Your crops look great and you are a great example to people everywhere who have the ideas but don't seem able to make them happen. Also how you are setting things up so that your family and others will learn and prosper from your project.

What really sets you and your project apart is that you go right to it and DO IT !  

This is even more impressive when taken into consideration that you are operating in a very challenging economic and political climate as well !

Many of us in the first world can learn a great deal from you and your example !  

Hats off , and thank you for sharing and teaching !

2 weeks ago
Well done Rufaro !! That's many meals secured ! Just rewards for good planning , implementation and completion.
9 months ago
The color and shape resemble flourite/salt. Taste one best way to test , otherwise quartz but my bet is salt.
9 months ago
Amazing work !

I hope many eyes are following you in your country, as you are going forward with an excellent example that many can benefit from emulating.

Nice to see such healthy plants and such healthy food !
9 months ago
Thanks, yes I rather suspected there was no relationship other than vague similarity of appearance.

There seems to be a fairly wide range of bean types that were cultivated by the native americans and several of these are now being sold as "heritage" .

I happen to be living in the area that was the northern limit of agriculture in Pre -colonial North America.  Tobacco, squash/pumpkins , beans and Maize  the basic native american staples grown by the Maliseets.  North of here was all hunter-gatherers (Mig Maw)

A good hertitage site here that might be of interest is ""    This was given to me by another member "Jordan Johnston" and has many interesting offerings.
9 months ago
Interesting about the size.

I see your point about the larger beans better for home growing, that has been my experience as well. I like the tall /pole beans for that reason, they are up high on what becomes a "drying rack" .

I wonder if the small dark beans are not descended from  "black turtle " beans?
9 months ago
Interesting !

I didn't imagine the colour and size to be like that.

Interesting with the objectives of the breeders. The small size for drying as the summers can end quickly and get very wet , so I can see how something pea sized would be more successful.

Thanks for sharing !
9 months ago
Well done Pearl!!

Love the paint job   " she's beautiful" !  Right you are about how you park it.  It s all a person can do. You have a great new helper  now !

Have a great season-
9 months ago
Thomas the brick catcher !!

Good work man, brick never goes bad !  reused for centuries ! Keep em going !

I spent today picking pavers onto pallets for future repurposing ! I hose them off as I go so that they are ready for use. All masonry products should be recycled, not discarded. There is something to be said for the Permanence of inorganic materials !
9 months ago