You are most welcome Eric. I have been here a few years, during a very difficult time in my life. Illness has kept me from doing my projects. I hope I'm surfacing now and and able again to build the things that made me feel proud and happy for decades. Your build is so very encouraging for me, thank you!
Eric Hammond wrote:Thanks for the kind words Brian.
Eric Hammond wrote:I used to be part of a machinist forum, we would do step by step builds in our own thread until we had a completed engine and I really enjoyed that process. I thought I would try it on this forum. I was hesitant will all the pictures, some people hate that.
Progress is going to slow for a bit, I have a 4 day conference in Dallas to go to tomorrow and then I will be back for 2 days before leaving again for another 3 day conference. I've ordered the insulation and stove gaskets and they should get here while I'm away.
Staci Kopcha wrote:Hi Eric,
I just found your thread last night and have been reading/looking through it. VERY insightful and helpful. I am kind of in a similar situation, I wanted to install a RMH last winter, but time got away and decided to do it this summer. However, I am still at zero progress (other than supply gathering). I a m going with a 6" system from Ernie and Erica and plan to do it "by the book". It is for an existing brick floored buildout with no heat- kids play room. We have relied on space heaters for 10 years. We live near Tacoma, WA. I am a stay at mom with 4 kids and have no "shop skills" (life science was my field of study/work). My husband is a bit more handy, but works full time.
I planned to go with a firebrick riser wrapped in rock wool insulation. I salvaged firebrick, but have no 1/2 (split). I found light kiln brick for a decent price, but now read that using heavy for the burn tunnel and light for the riser may cause a problem. We have no torches or welding stuff, so I was planning on going with a brick manifold. Anyways, it is nearly August and still ground zero. I am petrified and frozen to move forward. 2 kids are at camp next week, so maybe can...start.
ANYWAYS- I appreciate your posts and may have to pick your brain on occaision. THANKS! Staci
Satamax Antone wrote:Eric, what do you plan to put around that? Because this will never be airtight.
Staci Kopcha wrote:Hi Eric,
I have been working on my own system. I have the core (J-unit) built, pipes roughly laid out, and am currently struggling with a brick manifold.
Have you began cob work yet? I am anxious to see the start of cobbing the burn unit. I will keep checking for posts.
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