Vicky Barton wrote:
Why replacing the tipi poles?
Julia Winter wrote:Would you care to explain why you made a new core? Maybe I missed something. . .
Miles Flansburg wrote:
Do you have an ozan?
Micky Ewing wrote:Hi Emily and Tony,
I'm curious about the dry stone foundation for your RMH. I'm guessing this is a combined thermal mass, moisture barrier and thermal insulation. I'd like to know where the idea comes from and if it has been tested somewhere before. I have old stone fences on my land, so if this is an effective approach, I may try it too.
Emily Aaston wrote:The bed mass now heats up very well, and we are very warm when sleeping. We have two down sleeping bags that we have zipped together and use as a blanket. Tony was actually two hot a couple of nights ago. It is difficult to create much insulation in a canvas tipi, and we are still newbies and learning much, so in the mornings the air in the tipi is cool, while we are still warm in our bed. In the evenings, when we light the stove at night, the radiant heat from the barrel coupled with the conductive heat from the mass keeps us very cozy. We can sit inside comfortably with a t-shirt even.
We are still looking for ways to create more insulation in the tipi to save some of the heat for the morning, but for now we are enjoying the warmth from the barrel and bench!
Julia Winter wrote:the big circles up behind the barrel--are those to reflect heat away from the poles? (and towards the people?)
Tyler Flaumitsch wrote:That bench looks heavy duty! The core looks awesome, I take it that it is the one that broke up though as heard in the podcast. Have you guys been able to make headway in rebuilding?
Tripp Tibbetts wrote: My wife and I, and our two young children live in a 16x20 wall tent in the north Georgia (USA) mountains and use a rocket mass heater. First winter we heated with a small iron box stove, and burned a LOT of firewood, like 4.5 cords or so, even in a mild winter. Not what we wanted to be doing. We built the RMH this fall and are burning next to nothing and generating a respectable amount of heat.