Thursday, November 26, 2015

Cozy warmth

Well the temperature dropped to single digits last night. The house was about 60 this morning but the bench was still over 100 where the blankets sit. As Ianto would say we are in the business of warming people not spaces.

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  1. How many hours do you have to burn the rocket stove to get it back up to temperature? How many hours do you spend getting the wood small enough to fit into that small opening?
    I know it is winter now, but I am reading about the dugouts in Oklahoma and their problem with insects and snakes coming through the dirt walls, did you find that happening this summer?

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  2. No snakes or insects can get in through the walls or floor since they are sealed. Something would need to tunnel through a foot of gravel/sand then through 8 inches of oiled compacted cob to get through the floor.

    It takes about five minutes to chop a bag of wood which will last the day. I chop them anywhere from 1-3 inches in diameter.

    If the temperature outside is ranging around 30 degrees F we burn the stove for several hours in the morning and the temperature inside will stay around 64-70F for the day and into the night. If it gets colder we might burn it for 4-5 hours and the temp might drop to 60 or so.

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  3. No snakes or insects can get in through the walls or floor since they are sealed. Something would need to tunnel through a foot of gravel/sand then through 8 inches of oiled compacted cob to get through the floor.

    It takes about five minutes to chop a bag of wood which will last the day. I chop them anywhere from 1-3 inches in diameter.

    If the temperature outside is ranging around 30 degrees F we burn the stove for several hours in the morning and the temperature inside will stay around 64-70F for the day and into the night. If it gets colder we might burn it for 4-5 hours and the temp might drop to 60 or so.

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  4. Thanks for answering my questions. Have you been able to use the bathtub yet? Can you boil water on the top of the rocket stove to fill the bathtub?

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  5. The tub is not plumbed in yet. We made the decision to wait until spring before worrying about hot water a luxury we have by visiting my parents every once in a while which is in walking distance.

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