NOTE! Starting a batch box rocket mass heater is not like starting a conventional wood stove. You MUST warm the riser first! So you will either put paper in the riser, or you will start a small fire near the back of the batch box to help warm the riser. All in an effort to keep smoke from coming out.
For this badge to be counted, the full operation of this BB is done with zero smoke leaking into the room. ZERO!
To get certified for this Badge Bit you must provide:
- 4 pictures
o pic of starting materials, PROPERLY placed in the batch box before fire
o pic of fire started to warm the riser - at the back of the batch box
o pic of additional wood added
o pic of even more wood added
After two unsuccessful operations of the cyclone batch box heater in the Red Cabin, Paul suggested checking the chimney for blockages. Sure enough, it was 75% blocked off by ash. Cleaned out the elbow, cleaned the pipe, replaced the elbow with a tee and cobbed it in place. Started it up and it was worlds better.
"Hundreds of years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the type of car I drove... But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that it becomes a tourist destination"
First time using a rocket mass heater. Really enjoyed it and liked learning about the way these operate. It did great no smoke out of the door and the priming caught the small tipi initial fire so it helped to get it primed and hot enough to start sucking the smoke in more aggressively before having to open the door to add more wood.
I now realize I misread the first requirement of a "pic of starting materials, PROPERLY placed in the batch box before the fire." Looks like I mistakenly took a "pic of starting material before fire." I mean, properly was even all caps.
Placing the pics here anyway. It's a very nice heater for the classroom.