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Old 01-09-2012, 02:56 PM
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I followed a totally unrelated link from another thread and found this.

It's sort of like the Rocket Stove some of us are probably familiar with but it is for home heating.

It would be great for home heating.

But for us I think it would be great for heating a base camp type tent.

You could set up the fire hole outside, run the horizontal part of the chimney under your tent, heating the ground under it, then the smoke comes out the other side of the tent outside.


You really got to watch the videos here to understand.

http://www.richsoil.com/rocket-stove-mass-heater.jsp

The materials would be transportable to the camp or if you find that the world has ended before you get your BOL/ base camp set up, you could make most of the parts out of clay, just like you would a clay pot.
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Wow.. that's awesome.
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Great link; I spent quite some time on that website just toolin' around. Great info there and some like minded individuals.
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I like their stuff. I'm wondering if you could put longer sticks in the feed otherwise I'm thinking you will be tending the fire more often than I'm use to doing. However if I'm burning 1/4 the amount of wood it might be a good trade off.
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Wow, makes a lot of sense. I saw this on youtube before but couldn't make much sense of it. The website does a pretty good job at it.
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I like their stuff. I'm wondering if you could put longer sticks in the feed otherwise I'm thinking you will be tending the fire more often than I'm use to doing. However if I'm burning 1/4 the amount of wood it might be a good trade off.
Once you get that large mass of stone and mud warm it will put out heat all night and most of tomorrow.

And when the house is cold the heat from the drum will warm it up as quickly as any other wood stove.

It's a pretty ingenious creation.

There will be one in my house when I build it.
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Thats an awesome good site. I checked it out, and I think It's worth investigating.
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I can't get the other site to work on my phone so Im just assuming the rocket stove used is the kind about the size of a one gallon paint can? What if you make one out of say a 5 gallon can? Do you think it would heat quicker and require less attention?
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I can't get the other site to work on my phone so Im just assuming the rocket stove used is the kind about the size of a one gallon paint can? What if you make one out of say a 5 gallon can? Do you think it would heat quicker and require less attention?
On these the "can" part is about the size of a 35 gallon barrel or bigger.

If you can't do video try searching for "rocket mass stove" on Google Images. I found several good pics and diagrams that way.

The gasses come out of the can part into about 4 inch stove pipe then down and are buried in large mound of mud or rock or concrete. Most of the time they form the concrete into a bench for people to lay on.

Pretty cool idea.

I can imagine myself sitting on one watching the snow fall outside and sipping a mug of hot spiced rum.
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I would love to build one of these, too bad I'm renting a condo though lol.
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Great post! Very informative.

The videos I watched were not specific.
Do you need special bricks (from fire places,) or will any brick do?
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Tent heater has to do the following things. First, it needs to throw heat effectively, and continue to do so for long enough to get the tent warm, get the boots dry, and allow clothes-changing efficiently, which is difficult to do with blue skin, goosebumps and numb fingers trying to open zippers and stiff fasteners.

Second, it needs to be simple to fuel and empty without getting ashes onto the flammable and friable skin of the cloth that keeps the cold out.

Third, it needs to get the carbon monoxide far enough out of the tent that you don't wake up dead....

Fourth, it needs to break down to be portable, same as the tent is.

The rocket stove, with its hot-tube design, is well adapted to such a use, particularly with use of light insulation (rock wool or vermiculite/perlite wrap to keep the stack hot) and a good system of pipe for a chimney. For cabin use, the 55 gallon size with a thermal bank of adobe is a very nice thing, but portable it ain't....
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If anything I think this could be a very interesting way to heat a greenhouse/shed.
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When I say base camp tent I mean one that would stand in the same location for many months. In that situation you could take the time to build one of these in the ground under it.

The great thing about it is you could put the fire hole outside the tent on one end, run the pipe to the "barrel" inside the tent, and then run the flue pipe under the tent and out the other end. All the piping runs through the ground instead of through the flammable tent sides.

That would answer all the needs you mention. (except portability)

True it ain't portable. But the pipe and barrel could be staged at your BOL, or even manufactured locally like a clay pot. It's not for times when you are on the move.
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same link I posted here

http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=211385

the main reason I think it's the best stove for a BOL is the lack of emissions it puts out....excellent for maintaining OPSEC
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Shellback Bill, I missed the part about a base camp tent. My bad on that. I have built one of these for use with a bread oven, and buried the fire tunnel, which I laid up out of sandstone blocks, so I have a pretty good picture of what the ground does when you heat it that way. One thing, it kills the grass, but the tent would do that anyhow....

Neither it nor the gasifier put out any smoke to speak of at all, at all....
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Hmm, your link sent me somewhere really weird then shut my computer down. Odd.
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Shellback Bill, I missed the part about a base camp tent. My bad on that. I have built one of these for use with a bread oven, and buried the fire tunnel, which I laid up out of sandstone blocks, so I have a pretty good picture of what the ground does when you heat it that way. One thing, it kills the grass, but the tent would do that anyhow....

Neither it nor the gasifier put out any smoke to speak of at all, at all....
No Prob.

Rereading my post it looks like I was being argumentative. I wasn't. Sorry.
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This looks interesting. I am needing a way to heat my shop! This looks much safer than my double barrel wood stove.
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