Fired the rocket … thank God for skylights!

Fired the rocket … thank God for skylights!

Posted by in Construction, Earthship, Energy Solutions, rocket mass heater on 11. Dec, 2010 | 4 Comments

This morning we tidied up a bit around the stove.  We placed bricks around the ash clean out to protect the pipe from gravel and cob.

After that we shoveled and tamped gravel around the foundation to bring the unfinished floor level to the bottom of the stove core.

The next step in our rocket mass heater … Read More →

Rocket Mass Heater: Bricks Finished

Rocket Mass Heater: Bricks Finished

Posted by in Earthship, Energy Solutions, rocket mass heater on 09. Dec, 2010 | 1 Comment

We went into Kamloops on Tuesday and exchanged the refractory mortar that did not work very well for a different product.

Right away we could tell that this was a much better mortar for this job; there was no large aggregate in it, and it was simple to brush a thin layer onto the bricks. We … Read More →

rocket mass heater … hit a brick wall

rocket mass heater … hit a brick wall

Posted by in Earthship, Energy Solutions, rocket mass heater on 06. Dec, 2010 | 0 Comments

Right … so I stripped the form work off of the footing for the rocket mass heater. The footing looks good; the perlite gives the footing a rough look, almost like having rice krispies in it.  We did not do much to smooth the surface of the concrete pour, working the concrete makes it … Read More →

Footing Poured for the Rocket Mass Heater

Footing Poured for the Rocket Mass Heater

Posted by in Earthship, Energy Solutions, rocket mass heater on 02. Dec, 2010 | 3 Comments

We poured the footing for the rocket mass heater!.

We dug the footing down so that its top is level with the unfinished floor of our building.  The finished floor will be 4-6 inches higher than the top of this footing.  This should mean that the top of the heat riser barrel is about three and … Read More →

Horizontal Fire!

Horizontal Fire!

Posted by in Energy Solutions, rocket mass heater on 29. Nov, 2010 | 3 Comments

Too Cool!

We test fired the unmortared core of a rocket mass stove today … and it worked!  If you look closely at the above picture you will notice that the flames are being pulled sideways into the fire tube.  We have lift off!

I  suppose I should rewind and start at the beginning of the week … Read More →

Rocket Mass Heater

Rocket Mass Heater

Posted by in Earthship, Energy Solutions, rocket mass heater on 21. Nov, 2010 | 2 Comments

Winter is finally here!  The last four days have been below zero with the last few days much colder (it is -11 celcius this morning).

The earthship  seems to be holding up well.  The inside temperature is hovering around 5 degrees celcius, and I expect this will improve when we insulate the south wall, deal with … Read More →

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