Gayle Reynolds

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Thank you, Roak...good points for me to keep in mind. Yes, there ARE large beams going across underneath, aren't there...so placement would make a big difference. Thanks!
6 months ago
Thanks, Peter, for pointing out US building codes. Ugh. I know it makes it worse that I'm in a mobile home, but try convincing code officers that an RMH is safer! Double ugh. You'd think there'd be progress with them by now, but I know better.
6 months ago
I think I like the idea of the half barrel...I don't know, that C02 just freaks me out, lol. And thanks for answering whether I should continue thinking about going 50'; I had a feeling, so you've confirmed it's not really possible. I'll think about the two separate heaters...it didn't occur to me to do a tiny one in the back, great option!

Thank you all!
6 months ago
Okay, so, after watching the video of him explaining the "bell" feature...my mind keeps going back to the toxic gases. With a flue pipe system like in the RMH, surrounded by huge amounts of cob, I would feel safe, and not consider any chance of leaks happening (barring massive cracking). But with this bell system, am I wrong in understanding that it's a big empty chamber, and you might have 34-4 inches of stone, masonry, etc? Because if so, I would constantly be worried about a leak between the bricks, or even the fact that masonry is much more porous than a flue pipe would be? Also, even without an actual leak, due to the porous nature of masonry, what's to keep the toxic fumes from soaking into the masonry and building up? In addition, just addressing the nature of the battery...doesn't less mass due to the chamber being empty mean less storage of heat?

These concerns may have already been addressed, or be kind of silly, as I'm not educated on how the carbon monoxide problem works, so I appreciate any guidance.
6 months ago
Thank you Graham, I will check it out!
6 months ago
Hi Graham, thanks for answering quickly. No, this mobile home won't move again, unless I decide to tear it down and build a cabin in a few years...it's too old to sell or move (1981).
6 months ago
HI! I am trying to solve the problem of using a RMH to heat my 72' long mobile home. Obviously since it's so long and skinny, I'm not sure building a typical heater with most of the mass in one spot would allow the heat to carry through. Because the kitchen, then the living room, are at one end, and 3 bedrooms and bath at the other end, I can't really put it in the middle, either, or I would be putting it in a bedroom. I realize I would need to put firm, sturdy support under the floor, but my main question is... is it possible to do one long tube rather than have to serpentine the tube, or would that ruin the function? I was considering breaking through the wall of a couple bedrooms with one long, skinnier mass coming from the unit in the living room. I do also realize this would mean the mass would not be as much of a battery as one large "hunk" would be, but it's still got to be better than this terrible wood stove that heats the air above my house more than the inside. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
6 months ago