It is kind of hard to fathom a sudden increase in traffic from argentina simply because a spanish translation appeared. You mean 'every day people from argentina have been googling for a spanish rocket heater site' and when it appears all their prayers are suddenly answered?
It seems really odd to me, yet it would be hard to put down as simply co-incidence.
Maybe just one of those 'internet things'.
I hope they did not slavishly translate, last time I looked I was appalled at the number of excessive quotation marks I used. One of those silly little personal habits that are fine in normal forum discourse, yet over the top and jarring when done in as more formal setting like your website.
Feel free to remove them at your whim! That is assuming that it jars with you too, perhaps you don't particularly notice because english is not your first language.
The trend is more traffic, it feels like people are interested at least. Pablo Kulbaba, the Spanish translator lives in Argentina and announced two days ago the existence of the site on a Facebook page about alternative means of heating. He's also doing workshops and giving lectures about the subject. So that's why there's a lot more traffic from the Spanish speaking world.
The translations are pretty good as far as I can tell, nobody made a remark about quotation marks yet and they are pretty critical so don't worry.
The chapter "Designs" is translated into Slovenian by Klemen Urbanija and published at the batchrocket website. So the SketchUp drawings of the respective core designs are available now in this language version.
Last Edit: Sept 5, 2016 7:28:09 GMT -8 by peterberg
I suppose it has been a few months now since your site has been completed.
How has it been going from your point of view?? I recall at some stage you saying 'I have been sitting here smiling and looking at the number of hits' (or similar). Most of us here would feel some degree of 'second hand ownership' and would be rooting for you!
So have you been able to see 'trends'. Any particular country showing more interest than others?? Have you seen seasonal trends (dunno, summer in NH and hits drop off whilst hits rise in winter in SH, stuff like that) or is it way too early to tell.
Have any questions come up with any sort of regularity that indicates where changes/improvements in explanations are needed?? Conversely, does any of the data available to you indicate that it seems the explanations are adequate and most can grasp what you wanted them to grasp.
I guess when you first conceived of your site you had mental goals that you would like the site to achieve, how has the reality lined up (so far at least) with your mental picture.
Personally I hope it is getting those results! but that is something none of us have any real control over.
Hi Terry, Yes, there are trends, so far been caused by individuals as far as I know of. When you click on the flag counter at the bottom of one of the pages, you'll get the statistics for the site. When "history" is clicked, you'll see a diagram which is reflecting the last 30 days. Switching to 3 months will reveal a sharp peak at July 6th, which consists nearly all of people from Argentina. This spike was initiated by a lecture held at a university in Buenos Aires by Pablo Kulbaba, the translator of the Spanish version. He placed the link and a picture on MardelFuego's Facebook page at the same day as well. Further down the list there's another, albeit smaller, spike on May 8th, one or two days after the English translation of the red bell came online.
Apart from those occasional surges there's a slow trend to slightly more new readers. On the first page of the flag counter there's also the average from the last 30 days in numbers which crept up from 20 to 49 a day at present in the course of 5 months time. Total readers compared to new readers is just over 3 times as much, this has been this way very consistently. It is possible that the slow rise in averages is caused by the imminent fall in the northern hemisphere, but I'm not really convinced about that.
The majority (95%) of questions I get about the available data are from the translators, which is quite understandable. When I started this, I envisioned a bi-lingual site. It's multi-lingual now which is way more than I expected, reaching to a far wider public. I was already very satisfied by something like 400 new readers in the first month, so it's rising above expectations. Data usage is quite large now, about 8 Gb a month on downloaded files alone.
The next thing is adding new examples and hopefully also some new developments. When temperatures are going down a bit over here I'll restart a promising new experiment on a batch rocket variant which is more compact but not a sidewinder. Can't tell more about it at this time, it's far from being a heater core yet.
When the results are good I hope you would be willing and able to help with the translated text once again.
Last Edit: Sept 15, 2016 7:26:04 GMT -8 by peterberg
Of course I would be most willing to help further if needed. I hope any future translations/help I give will be more acceptable to myself after a few weeks haha.
The main point I wanted to make now was that it is possible my visiting here might start to drop off. I'd guess about another three weeks max and it will be the end of heating for the year. It is possible then as summer comes around other interests may take over for a few months.
So if that happens and you have made the above post (say) and I don't respond then please by all means email me to alert me to it. I'll probably be off 'enjoying summer' or something along those lines rather than being not interested in helping or ignoring you.
Or probably more accurately, cursing the summer heat and flies hahaha.
Klemen Urbanija translated another article of the Applications chapter into Slovenian, see batchrocket.eu/slo/applicatie#drievat when Slovenian is your first language. Also, Bell theory and Bell sizing articles are translated as well but moved to the Building chapter.
As of today, Klemen Urbanija completed the Slovenian translation of the Batchrocket site. See batchrocket.eu/slo/ if Slovenian is closer to your home language. I am looking for a person who's willing to translate the site truthfully in Russian or another large language. Any takers?
Last Edit: Nov 22, 2016 3:42:38 GMT -8 by peterberg
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!!
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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
TexasGonzo: Sooooo glad I found this site! Its always rewarding to find such a super group of folks! To any and all, feel free to PM me anytime. Thanks for having me!
Mar 11, 2019 18:56:41 GMT -8
jlmtech: GADGET: CONSIDER USING A JET PUMP INSTEAD OF A BLOWER FAN TO INDUCE DRAFT; NO CLOGGING.
Mar 26, 2019 8:19:28 GMT -8
michaelegan: i am unable to open the sketchup files on my mac. I used sketchup a few years back but apparently the company now requires a subscription. does anyone have any advice/instructions on how to use the program or how to view pictures without spending money?
Aug 20, 2019 18:41:48 GMT -8
mannytheseacow: michaelegan: download AutoCAD student version for free... import .SKP
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