I'm going to be starting an addition onto my home this year and one thing I want to plan for is a really nice RMH. There's a good chance I won't want to build it myself (I have been building my home for the last 6 years myself and to say that I am BURNED OUT is an understatement) but I want to at least design the addition to accommodate one.
Does anyone know of anyone in the Eastern WA area (Spokane-ish) who knows how to build them? I'm hoping for something not quite so "southwest" looking but maybe more "English Cottage" with a built in oven and cooking area, and once the addition is finished the home will be about 1900 sq feet to heat (though it will be designed in a way that at least half, if not more, will be "close-off-able" if I need to conserve fuel).
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The authors of the RMH book Erica & Ernie Wisner and from the area. So yes you can figure out how to do a RMH that is not SW. Even Paul was from Eastern Wa before he moved to Montana.
Finding someone to build it, that might be more difficult as everyone has issues with things that need doing. Every RMH has to be built for the location, so building RMH is what folks do.
"Where will you drive your own picket stake? Where will you choose to make your stand? Give me a threshold, a specific point at which you will finally stop running, at which you will finally fight back." (Derrick Jensen)
I am apx 2.5 hrs east of you in western Montana , so its a little to far for me to be your builder.
If the open cob S.W. style is not to your liking, then red clay bricks are a good alternate choice. They are also more mass.
Were you thinking of a J tube rocket or a batchbox rocket?
With the size of your home I think an 8" J tube or a 6" batch would be a good fit
I suggest looking a Matt Walker's designs. He has several that might be to your liking. Here is a link to his site http://walkerstoves.com/ His tiny house stove with attached benches might be a good fit.
If you choose to go with a Walker design , Matt will supply you with a complete materials list and build instructions. As well as consultations as you build.
Matt is located in western Washington.
I do not know if he does this or not but it could be possible he might consider coming over to do a build.
When you need to purchase material, I suggest checking with White Block on Trent in Spokane. They stock fire clay @ $10 a 50# sack and fire brick split and full. As well as any standard masonry supplies needed. Home depot sells clay bricks or watch craigs list to find old brick.
Hey Bethany; I will add, that I might be able pop over for an afternoon to help you get started or with any confusion you may encounter.
All depends my schedule here and when I get called back to work out of state again. Phone calls are a possibility as well.