These brick were "fire brick" obtained at a local brick yard. Interestingly the ceiling had no cracks what so ever and the port side had no intact brick. Looking into what these brick are rated was a dead end but some internet sources rate these as light duty. A good rule of thumb is if it's 4 inches wide it is a light duty fire brick. All the proper fire brick I've seen is 4.5
"Fire brick " can be a bit like "refractory cement" meaningless terms unless accompanied by a technical specification sheet, something that should be available for all construction materiales sold in Europe.In my own case i used reclaimed "firebrick" form an old dome type bread oven that was being dismantled near me.These probably date from the 1930s & were hand made, some having thumbprints on them.After 18 months of twice weekly firing the soldier course -between the firebox and mixer - on my riserless core oven was starting to crumble & taking out the oven floor revealed lots of cracked bricks.I do wonder if the number of cold starts,sometimes from -8c has had an effect ? The floor & outside wall of the core show no sign of cracking.Apart fom the sodier course the cracking wasn't a problem.
I ran some cheap firebrick purchased from a tractor supply store. I had some cracked bricks that where in the firebox also. I used them in a tiny RMH but it was forced induction so it saw very high temps often. The roof brick that would often get to a bright orange color survived just fine even with fused melted ash bonded to it. I guess the firebox bricks see more physical abuse and more temperature swings or temp gradient.
Those cheap bricks have less pure ingredients and less accurate ceramic forming during manufacture.
deadstarsstillburn: Hi there. I was directed this way by folks on the Permies.com website and am hoping I can get some information on how a total newbie can get started designing, siting, building, and not-dying-in-a-horrible-house-fire with a new RMH in a 160-year old home
Oct 21, 2020 6:52:10 GMT -8
deadstarsstillburn: The people over there recommended either a 6" batchbox or an 8" J-tube. I don't know what those are but am going to try to figure that out. What I need is a blueprint that I can scale to fit the need for my house. I have something likne 5000 square feet
Oct 21, 2020 6:53:00 GMT -8
deadstarsstillburn: but I do not need to heat all of it by any means. probably only need to heat half of that, maybe less.
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deadstarsstillburn: moreover, the house has 3 storeys (large attic) so I assume if I get very efficient heating on the ground floor, that will go a long way toward heating the upstairs as well, no?
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BenAlexanderT: Happy new year everybody. I wish you the best
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Solomon: Anybody in Southern Oregon, in Jackson or Josephine counties?
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gnomedome: i realsie this is from 2009
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gnomedome: i realize this is from 2009 id love to see the photos from this ..as im looking to build a sauna soon similar to this .... if anyody sees this post firstname.lastname@example.org..... the photos in this post did not show up
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dcoyte: I am planning to use a cast iron heat exchanger out of a hydronic boiler set on top of my rocket stove, flue out the top. There will be a pump moving the water through the heat exchanger into an unpressurized 2000 gal tank. Any thoughts?
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syekoms: Yes just found this forum am in Josephine county.
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ecoenergyman: Hi new to forum I was wondering where to buy a masonry stove kit I could install myself ? Fran in ireland
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natureman: I have been following this site for years
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nendo: Can anyone on this forum point me in the direction of detailed plans for a rocket water heater please?
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fierolepou: Hi everybody! Starting a project from scratch, this is a goldmine!
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Solomon: Best way to not die in a house fire is to build a stove where the really hot stuff isn't near the flammable stuff.
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beppe: Hi to everybpdy. I'm new about the rocket stoves and this forum
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beppe: I have a living room+ kitchen of 75 square meters that was heated by an ordinary pellet stove with a power of 8KW.
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beppe: I want to switch to a DIY pellet rocket stove but I haven't found yet a project that is really suitable for my situation. Is there anybody able to indicate to me a good detailed project?
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