As you may know I am a chimney mechanic. I have been loosely following the development of Rocket Mass Heaters. These appliances are not yet supported by the NFPA 211 (chimney code) nor the IRC, but have great promise. The cost of getting a standard written and then testing is huge and drawn out though time. I perceive these as becoming very popular as local authorities begin to accept them.
The source page has a description of them, but in short:
Based on rocket stove technology, a rocket mass heater performs by using 1/3 of the wood used in conventional wood stoves, extracting more heat over a longer period of time, and producing 1/000 of the emissions as particulates.
I really want to build one of these and do some testing. I just don't have funding or a place to do it.
Here is a link to a set of DVD's that the pioneers of Rocket Mass Heaters have produced. If nothing else, get the set for the Fire Science disk. I haven't gotten it yet, however, these folks are down to earth with a keen eye to progress through science.
A nutshell description is in the fourth entry on the Heating Appliances Page . "
Cool, thanks. The diagram makes a lot more sense now... Actually, looking at it when it was NOT four in the morning probably cleared things up just as much as the explanation. LOL
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