Joel Huppe

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I own a strawbale home that I bought in Quebec and have the same problems. Bought the home and land for very cheap because the seller could not sell the house because banks asked for 25% down deposit because of the strawwalls. The house has a lot of bugs and mice and feels drafty all the time it does not retain heat well you have to always have the woodstove going if its below -10Cof my neighbours have strawbale homes and have similar issues. Im curreny re'insulating fron the interior on the 2x4 walls with 1 1/2 inch rockwool comfortboard and 2x3 strapping
And re doing the whole interior. Next summer.im going to re-do the exterior walls one at a time and reinsulate, sheat and re-install the wood siding. My neighbours was one of the pioneers of strawbale in our region and even he is in the
Process pf re-insulating his home conventionally. Straw simply does not do well longterm it seems in our harsh climate with very cold winters and high humidity in the summer.
2 years ago
I dont have metal to do that but I have a sheet of cement board and some resilient channel metal strapping. Do you think that can do the trick ? So id have the double brick wall, about 3 inches air space then cement board off the wall about an inch
2 years ago
Thank you Gerry. I like it better that way too but what worries me is the clearance to the wall. Theirs no way I can make it 18 inches that puts the heater to much in the way. If i do the double brick wall with 3-4 inch air space behind do you think thats safe ?
2 years ago
Another critical point is making the heater not stick out to much to block the hallway as it get tight with the spiral staircase at head height if you do and i dont want a hot barrel against a narrow hallway where people might rub against it and burn themselves by accident
2 years ago
Moving the chimney is not an option because I dont have the funds right now but its already in the best spot going to the top of the roof and running indoors for a good 25 ft
2 years ago
Other idea is to flip the heater around the wall to reduce the clearance by having the feed close to the wall and the barrel out in the living room
2 years ago
With the barrel. The udea is leave 4 inch aur space and then build a double brick wall behind the barrel to protect the wall and radiate heat with the ducts running along the woodstove wall and connecting to chimney
2 years ago
Hey, im getting ready to build my RMH and ive laid it out a few times in my space. Its tricky because I have a tight space and im building it around an inside corner of an interior wall that goes to the front foor, and is hallways that seperates the main living/cooking area with the mechanical room, washroom and stairs that go up. I will posts pictures bellow to show the area as well as measurments and different layout ideas ive had. Just looking for second opinions maybe some of you will have ideas I havnt thought off.

White wall is 78 inches from outside corner to the front door

Wood stove wall is 50 inches and us a load bearing wall.
2 years ago