Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rocket Stove Thermal Mass Heaters

Rocket Mass Heater - Burn Tiny Amounts Of Wood - Heats For Well Over 12 Hours

A rocket stove mass heater or rocket mass heater, is an innovative and efficient space heating system developed from the rocket stove, a type of hyper-efficient wood-burning stove, named in the 70's, but dating back millennia in concept, and the masonry heater. Wood is gravity fed into a 'J shaped' combustion chamber, from where the hot gases enter a heavily insulated metal or fire-brick vertical secondary combustion chamber, the exhaust from which then passes along horizontal metal ducting embedded within a massive cob thermal store. The thermal store is large enough to retain heat for many hours and typically forms part of the structure of the building. They have proved to be popular with natural buildings and within permaculture designs; they are normally self-built and are not yet recognized by all building codes which regulate the design and construction of heating systems within buildings.

I would add niches for my 3 little dogs too!

The house I plan to build is likely too small to warrant a thermal mass heater, but I would love to build one outback. I need an outdoor oven and I love this idea (minus the pig nose) and know exactly where to put it. It will make an awesome place to curl up and enjoy brisk nights.

1 comment:

  1. I am having a hard time in finding plans and materials lists to get an estimate of costs I would have to invest. I know the cost will change depending on size, style and materials used. Will hempcrete work well for the covering of the thermal mass seating and so forth?