Cyric Mayweather

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While i will need to insulate the floor for heat, at this time im talking about the Weight of the RMH. as i will soon be going some work under my house i figured i might as well take care of it all at 1 go as i do not find crawling around under my house to be a fun thing
6 years ago
Hello All
Please pardon this question. i know ive seen the topic posted before, but i cannot find it now that ive started looking for it again.
it is my intention to build a rocket stove in my home, but the floor is of convention build with beams and joist.
I know it will need reinforcement, i once read a post somewhere on the topic, but i can no longer remember where it was and cannot find it, ive search the various rocket stove forums to no avail and looking in the rocket stove book, but cannot find the topic anywhere.
Could someone lend me a hand if they have the link or know of it or explain how to go about reinforcing a standard floor to hold the weight of the Mass heater.?

Thank you all for you time and Patience
Cyric30
6 years ago
Hello Mike, Thanks for the suggestions
Quick Question though, What is a Cold Frame. sorry ive not heard that term before.?

Mike Dayton wrote:You could install them in the opening of a sky light to reflect more light into the room. You could make one heck of a solar oven. Backing for hot water solar panels might work. helping to increase the proformance of a water evaporator to generate clean drinking water. Increasing the out put of PVC electric panels. Line a cold frame with them. Any of these ideas might work, or they might cause you problems. I have never had large mirrors to work with, just throughing out ideas.

7 years ago
Hay Mark thanks for the response
i am soon to start a small home and had planed on putting a porch atrium/greenhouse/aquaponics setup onto the south face wonder how i could use the mirrors in something like that

Mark Rose wrote:I would use them to reflect light onto existing solar panels, or use them inside your house to take advantage of natural light or you could mount them outside your windows to direct more light in.

7 years ago
Hello All
I guess this could cross with alternative building as well, so think along those lines as well

I am about to acquire some rather Large Mirrors, 3 of them are 12'x2.5' and 4 are 6'x3'. there free and where going to be thrown away anyway so i figured i should try to save them. i was thinking about taking them to a glass shop or maybe trying to cut them my self to a more manageable size to use as a backing for some homemade solar panels. and no i don't need them on my bedroom ceiling, (you know someone one would suggest it if i didn't say it don't you ).

So what other uses could you think of for them??? im just looking for ideas seems a shame to let them be wasted

edited due of stupidity on my part
7 years ago
Charlie
Thank you for the information, i believe i'll go this direction, the lumber has been drying for about a year so it should absorb stuff well, a question though, what amount should the linseed oil be diluted with turpentine or mineral spirits.?
7 years ago
Would a good coat of paint do much good.? eventually this timber wount be exposed to any water at all as i hope to porch the whole thing in so im not sure what would work best...
7 years ago
Hello
Thank you both for your reply's, Ive heard of linseed oil being used, but not sure how well it works.? do any of you know anything about treating with Borax solutions and if that is a decent option?
also Charlie, im using both red and white rough cut oak for what im doing, and it will only be in contact with concrete when it sites on piers and a minimum of 12" off the ground, and while i dont remotely consider my self a rabid ecologist, this is something i do plan on living in so i definitely want to be careful with what i use
7 years ago
Hello All
I was wondering if anyone new of or had tried any bug treatments for wood timbers that works well? Natural, would be Great/ Best, non-toxic/Harmful definitely need that, cheap would be very nice, easy to apply would be great as well :p
Any info you have would be a big help as i really know nothing in this area of expertise
7 years ago
SherwoodOwl

thank you for the reply, We do occasionally get driving rain here (along with everything else imaginable, except lava no lava...Yet..)
Could you please give me some examples of this Breather membrane you are talking about so im sure we are on the same page.?

im shooting for the 9" thick, from my dealings with square bales and straw thats half the thickness of a bale, horizontally, and if i have my calculations right and i can keep things packed tight, it should provide better R value than is recommended for this area , But i guess i'll just have to see how things go



SherwoodOwl wrote:
I don't know if your site gets driving rain at all, if it does it might be worth putting a breather membrane on the outside face of your OSB (keeping things drier until you put your treated battens and cedar on). It should stop rain getting into your straw through the osb but should let it breathe.

I have to admit 7 to 9" of straw seems quite thin to split a bale into, good luck with cutting them up, I had to split bales with a bale needle for a studio I built a could of years ago. The straw seemed to get everywhere, lots of sweeping up to do!



7 years ago