This area seems a bit sparse, so I figure I should add a little something to maybe get a conversation going.. This here is what I mostly spend my time at, the thing that has taken me away from stoving!
Here's a building, entirely designed and built by my students last year. It's a cob and bale building. First, we design the basic space layout. We do it right on the ground, in the space, with ropes to define the shapes.
The apprentices wanted a desk space with an extreme curve, to fit and surround. We pulled this piece of wood out of the forest to serve as a lintel over a bay window kind of thing..
This piece was cleaned up by hand and used to draw the foundation lines around the space..
Digging foundation drains, in case water moves into the foot of the building, this drain (filled with gravel and a drain pipe) will take it away.
Drain rock!! Lots of it!
A piece off of a 1000 year old redwood tree was used as a threshold.
We don't have good building stone around here, so urbanite (broken concrete side-walk) is used instead.
Figuring out the windows for the desk nook.
Cob workshops get the walls up.
Cob in the south, bales in the north.
Workshoppers expect lecture time, so we give it them!
We don't talk TOO much, mostly it's a hands-on affair!
Moving along.. Here they're getting the lintels in, the desk nook is really taking shape.
More lecture time.. Discussing the roof with Bryan Burnoski, Natural Builder extrodinaire..
That's me, getting on with an adobe arch.
The June 2014 workshop attendees.
Getting the roof together.
These two have never done any wood working before.. Seems right that they build the door, and they did a FANTASTIC job of it!
dan1941300: If possible in metric cm, how many Celsius at the chimney? Is there anything you would do different if building again? Sorry for my bad english, my language is german, austrian. thx a lot
May 11, 2018 9:38:02 GMT -8
smarty: Dan my batchbox reached 1150C so refractory cement rated to at least 1200C
May 21, 2018 22:53:56 GMT -8
mercedes: Not sure where this question will end up...I just registered. HOW THICK SHOULD PERLITE/VERMICULATE/CLAY INSULATION BE BEHIND THE THERMAL BATTERY/COB BENCH IF IT BACKS UP TO A STRAW BALE WALL? Thanks! Can you please also post me: email@example.com thnx!!
May 28, 2018 20:05:23 GMT -8
kkp: Mercedes: Benches don't get real hot. In fact, they are rather cool compared to other areas. You shouldn't need a mix like you described
Jun 7, 2018 18:10:52 GMT -8
maartenmartens: beste Peter, ik heb je eergisteren een mail gestuurd via het contact formulier op je website , heb je die goed ontvangen ? mvg Maarten Martens, architect - geobioloog (mail betreffende de bouw van onze eigen RMH)
Jun 20, 2018 13:21:57 GMT -8
martinm: any one here with info \ experience with heat (from a mass heater) distribution with ducts throughout two storey house ?
Sept 8, 2018 22:58:52 GMT -8
padica: Good morning, this is a wonderful subject, please someone can help me with the theme of double and triple combustion, how it is achieved, theory and design, thank you
Sept 15, 2018 7:13:40 GMT -8
wiscojames: I'm afraid you won't get a response to such a vague question - I suggest reading through some of the threads related to your questions before asking for an explanation. People will be very generous with their knowledge if your question is more specific.
Sept 18, 2018 4:48:00 GMT -8
daniel: in my experience as I am working now on something of that nature, I have thought of making a heat exchanger and distributing the heat through vents using a slower fan. Now after a few years I realize that mass heaters give out primarily radiant heat, for
Nov 30, 2018 12:48:38 GMT -8
coastalrocketeer: Anyone posting in this shout box... if you have something you want people to see and respond to, create a thread in the appropriate forum section... this is not the place...
Dec 16, 2018 18:10:49 GMT -8
vesuvius: High Temperature Glass options,
Jan 4, 2019 16:28:17 GMT -8
vesuvius: Do any of you have experience with using the glass from home oven doors on a rocket stove? I'd like to have a viewing port on my stove but don't want to fork out for new ceramic glass. Any thought as to whether it would take the heat of a rocket stove?
Jan 4, 2019 16:30:40 GMT -8
yaya: you dont need the blowair for that temp..
Jan 13, 2019 16:43:57 GMT -8
flybywire: Glass window from an old washing machine is designed to take high temps. Cheap solution to your need.
Jan 27, 2019 0:10:58 GMT -8
coastalrocketeer: Anyone posting in this shout box... if you have something you want people to see and respond to, create a thread in the appropriate forum section... this is not the place to have a discussion... it is for short announcements
Feb 7, 2019 0:11:23 GMT -8
coastalrocketeer: you won’t likely get replies to questions here, and it is not a spot that makes holding an ongoing discussion possible...
Feb 7, 2019 0:12:22 GMT -8