Fire: Useful (and Dangerous)
Fire burns what direction?
Fire: What happens without gravity?
Building a Home for Fire: Fireplace
Rumford "smokeless" fireplace
That Ol' Jug Stove
"Box" or "Franklin" woodstove
Cob (Earthen) Oven
That Guy Ianto
The J-Tube Rocket Stove / Heater
Ernie demos the "Downdraft" combustion core
a Pocket Rocket
bench and combustion unit
Dana Annex Rocket Mass Heater
Step-by-step: Dry-fit and layout
Measure and check proportions
Increasingly realistic layouts
Creating the Combustion Core & Manifold
Checking heat-riser gap
Fitted in place, and test fire.
Insulation around firebox
Local clay subsoil - our "dirt bank"
Cob on Tarp - Mud Burrito
Dry footing; adding "thermal cob" to the next layer
Rubble, cob, and insulation gap
Cobbing around heat-exchange pipes
Thermal cob around insulation & heat-exchange pipes
Burying the pipes
Extra lime plaster over combustion core
Slipping for final plaster; stovepipe chimney installed
Mixing final plaster
Floating the final plaster
Final plaster: Finished!
We did it!
Tile detail and cleanout covers
Combustion code - firing it (plaster dry)
A backyard RMH
Ludwig's RMH: brick base
Combustion unit in test configuration
Back of combustion unit
Screen ready to insulate heat riser
Burn tunnel, brick heat riser, and wire cage to hold insulation
Part of the 60 total feet of heat-exchange pipe runs
cob kitchen in progress
Myrtle interior (showing rocket bench)
Myrtle interior - dining & view
Cabana: homestead comfort
Old World style (web image)
roughly 2000 sf earthen floor
the "brick beehive" approach to the manifold question
VBC - school project
VBC - bike tour with wings!
Puppet theater cob infill in old garage