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Small Wood Stoves for Small Homes — 10 Comments

  1. Luma, I’d love to see pics of your Kia car house :)

    I used to think that cars could be converted into sleeping pods.

    Also a string of cars could be converted to generate hot air (through solar) and the air rises to generate electricity LOL

    I think of cars, they are weather sealed and interesting :)

    As for rocket stoves, you can buy their e-book for $15 here :

    http://www.rocketstoves.com/

    I have it in softcover its very good :)

  2. I have been living in my kia for 10 years. my passenger seat has been removed for a kitchen, but Ive moved to a cooler climate and now want to replace it with a little twig/wood heater. Any one have any ideas on a chimnied heater small enough?

    • Ive lived in an tractor trailer rig for years.Vehicles absorb the heat to easy.
      I would recommend some sort of earth berm or burying any vehicle.A kia?
      Even pallets built around for shade.Or bales of straw like a garage.I considered an travel trailer in a bale garage.I wouldnt do anything to the bales depending on the situation.Hidden in plain site.

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  4. I like rocket stoves with an insulated exhaust.I have an old military stove and it isnt in the same league as a rocket stove.
    Im thinking of making a small heater for a small shed.Im considering useing exhaust tubeing from a car to help build it.

  5. You guys are awesome! It’s going to take me ages to sift through all those links!

    That’s one of the great things about this Web 2.0 thing… all you have to do is pose the question and sure as eggs someone will have an answer… or 10!

    Thank you.

  6. Rocket stoves are amazing. Here are some random links to help you get better idea about rocket stove mass heaters and associated low tech solutions:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfKHVoCY2so&hd=1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtFvdMk3eLM&hd=1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jfag47dRCs&hd=1
    http://erica-k-wisner.hubpages.com/hub/Rocket-Mass-Heaters-Efficient-Home-Heating-With-Wood
    http://www.cracktwo.com/2011/01/woman-built-rocket-mass-heater.html
    http://hackaday.com/2010/10/04/wood-burning-house-heater/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buPtpr-0sqA&hd=1
    http://www.aprovecho.org/lab/home
    http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/10.0
    http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/3352_0/alternative-energy/rocket-stove-water-heater
    http://milkwood.net/2011/10/28/rocket-stove-water-heater-redux/
    http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/4052_0/alternative-energy/rocket-swimming-pool-heater
    http://www.cowboyhottubs.com/

    Main points of rocket stoves:

    Fuel is completely burned:
    Because the combustion chamber is well insulated, the temperature inside of it can reach 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
    No smoke. The operating temperature inside the combustion chamber is more than double the autoignition point of any fuel you would be using, so everything (even smoke) is burned. Once at operating temperature, the exhaust mostly consists of warm, moist air, rich in CO2, which is perfect for greenhouse atmosphere.
    No soot in pipes. (As one link states, it took over two years for sufficient creosote to build up in the heat exchanger to noticeably effect performance, without becoming a hazard.)
    No carbon monoxide. Because of high air flow rate (the reason behind the word ‘rocket’), every carbon atom has lots of oxygen atoms to bind to.
    Very little ash to clean out.
    Versatile. Burn wood chips, branches, leaves, grass clippings, newspaper, entire trees. It will all burn completely.
    +90% efficiency. 4-8 times more efficient, compared to regular wood stoves.
    Safe. The only high heat is in the combustion chamber, which doesn’t strictly need to be immediately adjacent to where the fuel is burned, or the mass to be heated. The exhaust is generally as hot as a cup of coffee.
    Inexpensive. Almost all of the stove can be made with materials gathered on-sight (clay/straw/etc.)
    Attractive. The outer surface can be clay/metal/etc., Whatever you want it to look like.
    The top of the combustion chamber can be used as a flat cooking surface, contain a stock pot insert, and/or be used for a hot water heater.

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