I've not been active in the forums for a few years. I bought the RMH
book (which I cannot seem to find to reference) and built a RMH
in my greenhouse
a few years ago. The heater is ABOUT 30-35 feet (I think
- its been so long (firebox and manifold under barrel plus 20 foot straight pipe plus 5 elbows then 15 foot vertical chimney)) long including corners at 5 foot per, and it has worked VERY well for a few years now. Every time, split kindling
, light it with a torch, and it goes. if weak, heat exhaust with torch to help draft and it goes. Today, while its 15 degrees outside and dropping, I decided its about time for a fire. I tried to light the thing but no draft. I heat the exhaust, no draft. I light a fire under the vertical chimney and it has a strong draft in there, but nearly no draft in the firebox. AFter working for over an hour, I develop a WEAK draft in the firebox by heating chimney, lighting fires in chimney and back of firebox, and blowing. I was thinking that with the bone chilling cold outside and 69 inside the greenhouse
there was a "cold plug" in the chimney, but after everything I'd think i'd have had it pushed out. I ended up walking away from it after fighting for 2 hours and getting increasingly smoked out by the lack of draft. It would pull, then puff, then pull, then puff in my face. You know that time when you realize you're getting too irritated to continue without acting a fool? I was there. I had to walk away.
Please help with some ideas and forgive the fact i have not been here in years. Everything was working great for a while. Ive got a 3 year old lemon tree, a lime tree, a banana tree thats 12 feet tall, and reaper peppers in there.
Also help me out with this site. its changed a lot in a couple years. Thanks for your understanding.