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[Cob] wood stoveAmanda Peck ap615 at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 26 07:30:46 PDT 2004
Exactly, and it is nice to walk into a seldom-used building, start a fire and the next people coming in come in to a warm room. But with the old leaky (FREE!) wood stoves that I see around here the possiblity for horrible flue gasses in the room or up the chimney are probably greater if one were to try to combine them with cob benches. Ken Kern's masonry stove might be a decent compromise. But at last report Charmaine had discontinued her (reproduction) version of that book. .......... Ed writes: The main problem with trying to replace a rocket stove with a wood stove in a cob bench is that they are designed to operate in completely different ways. A rocket stove is designed to operate at really high temperatures for short periods of time and to heat rock and cob in a bench. A wood stove is designed to heat air for a long period of time at very low temperatures. Think about this with a wood stove you come in to a cold room start a fire. In a few minutes the room is warm, you cut down the air supply and the wood stove operates at a low temperature for a long period of time producing all kinds of pollution. Running exhaust gasses through a cob bench will not change this scenario. The air will always heat up faster than the stone in the bench and while you may be saving some of the heat by running it through a bench the heat stored by and given off by the bench will be minor compared to the heat given off by the stove. To operate the stove at temperatures proper for a bench would mean intensely hot fires for short periods of time. It can be done with a wood stove, but it is not the best idea for comfort. _________________________________________________________________ Express yourself instantly with MSN Messenger! Download today - it's FREE! http://messenger.msn.click-url.com/go/onm00200471ave/direct/01/
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