Hi all, Im new here and excited about all of the posts I have found so far.
I bought some land last November and have been slowly transforming it to a fun Ewok Village once crazy idea at a time. The land is steep so everything is being built as tree houses, or at least suspended from the trees.
First structure on the property is a barrel sauna (it will make all the rest of the construction much more enjoyable to have a sauna/soak at the end of the day) that will be heated by a wood burning stove. The stove that I ordered was way too big for the sauna itself (6' diameter X 10' long) so I have been researching rocket stoves as a way to quickly heat the sauna for the short durations that we will use it on the weekend days we are up there. I would like the stove to be duel fuel with pellets or split logs, but would primarily use the pellets for ease and consistency. I would drop in enough pellets for a 1.5-2 hour burn. Right now i have a basic stove welded up with 4" square tubing in a J shape and then a u-bend in the heat riser to capture more of the heat before I connect it to a chimney that will go through the roof. I have the chimney already but have not installed yet until I know where the stove is going.
The stove itself is about 36" tall and 26" long. I plan on lining the inside of it with 1/4" ceramic fiber paper that i purchased from a pottery supply store. I guess it is used in Kilns. Not sure if it will work but thought it would extend the life of the metal a bit.
I was thinking of having the pellet feed tube and firebox extend through the end wall of the sauna and then the heat riser surrounded by sauna rocks on the inside as well as the chimney stack that would follow the curve of the barrel and out the top.
I know this plan is crazy and likely has tons of issues with it which is why I thought I would post here to get some much needed guidance. Can this work? What do I need to change? Would a RMH with a tube under the benches work better as Ben was proposing here
Here are some photos of the sauna itself, a photo of the purchased stove that was too large and a few photos of the rocket stove that is under construction.