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DiamondMaker

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PostSubject: New guy here.   Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:27 am

Hi Everyone. I live in central Ohio, US. I am also retired and have equipment to build a Rocket Mass Heater.

Back in the 70’s I built a new house with a fireplace. I soon found out the fireplace was a wood hog. Since I was heating with an electric boiler I started looking for a better wood burner. I started with making a fireplace wood boiler out of ¾” black steel pipe. This still used too much wood and since I didn’t have a big storage tank I could not control the water temperature. It was always getting too hot and blowing the pop off I had installed to dump boiler water outside.

I found a 600 gallon water tank and installed it in the system and that was what it took to control the systems temperature. I decided to make a wood burner fireplace insert. I installed the water pipes inside the stove and by the end of the season I had it working perfectly. The next year I was ready for winter with enough wood already cut and in the shop out of the weather and we ended up moving. The new owner never used this system. LOL

I have been watching several videos in YouTube about Rocket Heaters. I now have an LP gas furnace, an LP gas ventless stove that will heat the house and 3 weeks ago I installed 9 electric baseboard heaters as a backup. The reason I installed the electric heaters is LP gas here is about $4.00 a gallon US at a 200 gallon minimum fill. All the portable heaters were sold out in the big box stores, plus I don’t trust those heaters because the plugs and cords can and will over heat. Since I am a retired contractor and one of my main skills is electrical. I installed the heaters for about the same price as 4 good portable heaters. Of course there was 3-4 days of crawling around to install them. Believe it or not I am saving about 45% using electric over the LP gas. Of course that will change once the electric power plants cry enough to raise there rates. Another reason I made the decision to use electric is my hot water heater is LP gas. I needed to save enough LP gas to run the water heater until summer when the LP gas price goes back down.

I am getting too old to cut firewood, but I live on a property that has over 50 dead or dying ash trees. Many have to be cut down or they will fall over the driveway. I have the equipment to cut, split and hull wood, but I had said never to dirty smoky wood burners. Well that changed when I found out about RMH’s. I don’t mind the varying temperatures in the house, but I haven’t seen where there is a good control over running a RMH inside the house.

I have a few questions, but I am looking forward to building a RMH this summer for next years heating season.

The Best to Everyone,
DiamondMaker
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PostSubject: Re: New guy here.   Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:37 am

Hi Diamond
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PostSubject: Re: New guy here.   Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:18 pm

Hello Diamond Maker.

You may want to check out Pekka Leskela's videos to get some design ideas. He has a lot of RMH ideas.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ElEYxL2Q7e6rRs3xs_SMg
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PostSubject: Re: New guy here.   Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:42 pm

Welcome, your water heating system you created sounded fantastic.

Like your avatar.
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PostSubject: Re: New guy here.   Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:46 pm

Thanks MR. Heater, I saved that link. DM
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PostSubject: Re: New guy here.   Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:55 pm

Thanks Trying2Hard. The system worked great. Of course back then I didn't know much about wood gasification. The great thing about the heating system was with the 600 gallon tank. I could burn the stove hard for about 6 hours in the evening, bank the fire in the morning and get the temp of the water in the tank to 175. The house was 72 degrees 24 hours a day.

The Avatar was a picture I too out of a PPS file sent to me. I called it God's finger prints, but the smoke spiral is really a Fibonacci and can be found thru out our Earth and the Universe.

One more week of below zero, I am ready for spring. :)

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