I've finally started on my rocket stove! It's been a process getting all the parts together. I've got everything I need outside of some pumice and warm weather for cob. I posted some pictures of the project and will continue to as I go.
Let me know if you have any feedback. Thanks, Michael
Mmmm.. That is one well made rocket stove! The only things I can say is: 1) you will need to remove the earthbags (holding up the pipe) close to the stove. when it gets used for real, the bags will melt. 2) That's a long run of pipe there.. It looks likely to work just fine. Though on those odd days when the stove doesn't want to light cleanly, the primer box is pretty far from where the action is. Actually, on second thought I don't see a primer box inside the building. So you will have to go outside to deal with it.. Or just subbornly battle an obstinate stove till it finally gives in.
oop!! On third thought, I see that a primer box won't help you one bit... Cool idea, putting the exhaust out the side like that. Kinda like a direct vent heater jobbie.. There is some use of a chimney, even a short one. Priming for one, also taking the little bit of smoke overhead and out of harms way... Easy enough to retrofit if needed.. You gotta update us here as you use it.
During the test burn #1 there were all kinds of problems with the stove. Smoke back-drafting, hard to light, a very windy day. Problems ( besides being put together haphazardly ) The space between the heat riser and the barrel was too short - 1 1/2". I made it 2 1/2". Also the top of the heat-riser was not level and a bit bumpy - creating drag. The exhaust pipe straight out the wall worked, ok, but since then I've added a T for clean out and priming and 4' of pipe for the vertical stack. I also insulated the hell out of it with pumice, which may or may not have made a difference.
After the modifications it purred. Lighting quickly. It seems very happy now. We'll see how it goes when the wind kicks up again, but it's better prepared this time.
Ya - going out side to prime is lame. Makes me think I should place another T in by the exterior wall for inside priming. I've also fantasized about a propane torch for priming, but that's another story.
Last night we really gave it a good solid burn. Boiled water for pasta, chicken soup and vegetables in a tinfoil wrap. I am so pleased. When is somebody going to write the rocket stove cookbook anyway?
I have some more pics to post. I'll get them up as soon as possible. I can't wait to start cobbing on the bench, but there are a few more things I'd like to do before then.
Last Edit: Mar 2, 2008 15:42:27 GMT -8 by ilovecob
photoman290: i did try drumming in my friends jazz band for a while. i was ok but they decided i was more use running the PA, being the band techy. plus they decided they didn't want a drummer anyway. wrong instrument for the style. annette hanshaw sort of stuff.
Feb 16, 2015 5:32:37 GMT -8
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