Hi there. I'm looking for feedback from rocket stove builders who have experience with building 6" systems using 55 gallon drums for heat risers. What kinds of special considerations do you recommend? Is this advisable?
The rocket stove I am building is in a tiny house - less than 200 square feet, hence my decision to use smaller pipe. Simultaneously, the pipe will run nearly 30 feet through a cob bed and a bench, doubling back on itself (making two 180 degree turns) in the bed before it runs through a bench and out the south wall. I figure I'll want a tall heat riser in this case, since I'll need a fair amount of draw to push through that length of flue pipe. (Tall without being ridiculously tall, though.)
Any thoughts on construction details I need to keep in mind to build a successful stove?
You mean a 55 gal. drum OVER the heat riser as a radiator?? This is pretty much standard issue. They work great as radiators. You just gotta make absolutely sure that all of the paint is off of the barrel first. You don't want to breathe burning paint fumes.
Daryl: Photo, I'm listening to Stanley Turrentine. Not a drummer but it is jazz.
Feb 16, 2015 11:42:17 GMT -8
ericvw: Daryl, we have about 6" of snow, so far... Who knows what the total will be come morning. It's the first proper snow this year tho, so yay! My wife is more excited than I am. Last year this time we had about 16" on the ground... Ah, Global warming-whatever
Feb 16, 2015 18:13:51 GMT -8
Daryl: Yay!!! You guys celebrating? Doing anything special? First big snowfall is always fun. It's so pretty. Like living in a new world.
Feb 17, 2015 2:47:32 GMT -8
photoman290: we dont get snow here much. the last time was about 4 years ago. before that about 1987. that was proper snow. agree it is magical,for the first day anyway.
Feb 17, 2015 3:08:28 GMT -8
Daryl: Where are you, Photo? You don't have to provide the specific area.
Feb 17, 2015 3:34:03 GMT -8
photoman290: southwest cornwall uk near lands end. we are almost an island so the sea keeps the temperature a few degrees higher.
Feb 17, 2015 12:44:02 GMT -8
ericvw: Our celebrations included looking out the window, then sitting by the wood stove (rocket stil not built ), then slipping around in it this morning on the way to work!
Feb 17, 2015 15:19:24 GMT -8
ericvw: DCish, how's the bell/ bench today? Y'all end up with some good snow?!
Feb 17, 2015 15:35:40 GMT -8
Daryl: Knock, Knock, Eric.
Feb 19, 2015 2:36:52 GMT -8
ericvw: Who's there, early bird?!
Feb 19, 2015 4:40:51 GMT -8