That is way to much worry for the situation. First of all, leaks are not possible when built properly, with Cobb and sand where it is supposed to be and the burn chamber done properly means no CO problem. It is much much safer and problem free than a gas or other kind of heater, or fire place, and costs very little in wood, since it is so efficient!
--- On Fri, 12/7/12, Jon Findley <[address removed]> wrote:
From: Jon Findley <[address removed]> Subject: Re: [alternativeenergy-35] Alt Energy Dec. Meeting - Microdwell in Scottsdale To: [address removed] Date: Friday, December 7, 2012, 4:35 PM
Sounds like a neat idea. I have seen them in Cob houses in the Northwest but not around here. The Web site says:
"From the exhaust of a rocket stove heater comes C02 and steam. All of
the smoke gets re-burned and re-burned in a combustion chamber until
there is nothing left but steam and C02."
I would be VERY, VERY, careful. Very small leaks/ performance problems/ lack of air- oxygen in the burn chamber - could mean that you get CO instead of CO2 and that can be deadly if you do not have proper ventilation.
Raidient barrier is good, but it costs more and I don't have an attic. The Rocket Stove and Rocket Mass Heater is efficient and smokeless, and costs under $50 to build it. It's online on the Permies.com site. Athena
Subject: Re: [alternativeenergy-35] Alt Energy Dec. Meeting - Microdwell in Scottsdale To: [address removed]
Date: Friday, December 7, 2012, 1:17 AM
Dear Athena and others on
Alternative Energy page:
I had a radiant barrier installed in my attic
(about two or so months ago). Prior to that
I had dual pane windows installed on the south side of my
house. Since the radiant barrier
was installed in the attic, this winter, I have yet to turn on
my heat. I haven't had to. When the
temperature is 50 degrees outside, it's a toasty, warm 70-72
degrees inside my home. I'm looking
forward this winter to very low gas bills for heating!
Southwest Gas is going to "freak out" when
they look at what they're billing me. It's going to be
interesting to see at what point of cold outside
temps, I will eventually have turn on my central gas heating.
In past winters, I would have normally
had to turn on my gas heating already. Not this winter.
Anyone interested in learning more about radiant
barriers, air conditioner duct sealing, etc.,
please feel free to email me, and I can refer you to the firm
that did this work for me.
Sorry, but I don't know anything about Rocket Mass
On 12/6/12 9:26 PM, Athena C. wrote:
I am replying
this way because I want the word out that I am looking
for one really brainy person who knows about Rocket
Mass Heaters or at least can help me follow the
directions and do it my self! Please help, my house
will be cold soon and I know this method works and is
cheap to build and to use! Spread he word please.
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