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.
ericvw: Hey DCish, heating season coming to end there like it is here?
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Daryl: Grape Nuts contains neither grapes nor nuts - Discuss.
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Daryl: That gave me a good laugh, man.
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Daryl: This place has everything. Pyros, chemicals, tiles, and puppets in disguise.
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wiscojames: Can anyone direct me to a link discussing 'heat tubes' / 'heat pipes'? I remember Donkey and some others (Karl, maybe?) talking about the concept, and I wanted to revisit the basics. I found the wikipedia page, but I wanted the lowdown from the pyros.
Mar 18, 2015 4:37:08 GMT -8
Bobwieser: James I was looking for that this morning. Look in "Experiments" for "Heat Pipes"
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wiscojames: Got it - thanks!
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ericvw: Glad I could bring some laughter, wo-man! you get anywhere with that indoor LED article I sent you? Come on, D!
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Daryl: Actually, I have gone a little beyond the article. Being the cheap f*ck I am, I instantly had to figure out a way to use Christmas lights to grow plants.
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Bobwieser: Matt, can you please close the PNW door? The trade winds are blowing the heat out of the rest of the country, Thanks.
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Daryl: Good Morning, World!!!!
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Daryl: The sun is out!!! Another good day ahead!!! Have fun, everyone!
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Bobwieser: Sun is out here too. 4 deg F wind chill this morning.
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Daryl: Whoa, Bob. Hope it warms up where you are soon.
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Bobwieser: 14 F temp. this morning, not sure of the wind chill, feels balmy.
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