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Anyone have experience with rocket mass heaters in Surrey BC?

 
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I recently listened to Paul's Podcast with Chris McClellan on interacting with municipal governments on the topic of rocket mass heaters (episode 481 - aside from the challenging audio quality, this is an excellent episode) and it inspired me to investigate how viable a rmh would be in my home city of Surrey. The best I could find was this rather daunting page on municipal burning regulations. Has anyone around here tried to get a permit for a rmh? Since getting rmh approval here appears that it will be a challenge, does anyone know if there are cities/towns in BC that welcome them?
 
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Hi Ivar;
I took a look at those regulations and they apply to outside burning not indoor heating.
A search thru the towns website did not turn up any regulations at all.
Do other people in town burn wood?
Some rocket mass heaters are really a form of a masonry heater.
Some locals will allow those & some would only let a certified mason build one.

Keep looking there is a rule book in Surrey somewhere... you just need to find a copy.
 
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Here are the rules for BC.    https://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/218_2016#section2
Looked to me like a masonry stove description was liberal enough that a batchbox brick bell rmh should qualify.
 
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thomas rubino wrote:
I took a look at those regulations and they apply to outside burning not indoor heating.



Wow - I hadn't considered that there would be different laws for indoor and outdoor heating, but that makes perfect sense.

thomas rubino wrote:
A search thru the towns website did not turn up any regulations at all.
Do other people in town burn wood?
Some rocket mass heaters are really a form of a masonry heater.
Some locals will allow those & some would only let a certified mason build one.
Keep looking there is a rule book in Surrey somewhere... you just need to find a copy.
Here are the rules for BC.    https://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/218_2016#section2
Looked to me like a masonry stove description was liberal enough that a batchbox brick bell rmh should qualify.



EEeeeenteresting.. I will keep at it and report back, but yes people do burn wood, I just don't know if it's done legally or not.
Thank you for putting your time into this!


 
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