Skandi Rogers wrote:If I really wanted to do something like you are discussing I would use ceramic pipes, you could make them in the right size and with the right bends and connections for your specific set up, the only issue I can see would be hot water, where they would be a horrible heat sink, probably not good for short runs of hot water like hand washing.
The ceramic pipes that go from my downspouts to the house cistern are 100 years old and still function. The cistern was filled in when all the houses were hooked up to city water many years ago. (Currently it’s illegal here to use rainwater in the house.) The water came out below ground into the basement and I assume had a hand pump up in the kitchen. Those were metal. If I had the ability to still use the cistern, the shower would be right there where the cistern enters the house. For myself, I couldn’t be at level 10,000 because I like the idea of hooking copper pipes up to an RMH system. But if I had to use wood, it would be inside the house used in conjunction with the existing ceramics outside. My house pipes are all exposed and would be easy to replace every few decades. Heating the water would have to use a solar heat exchanger outside. So my question would be, can you use ebony wood heating the water in a solar heater, in lieu of black painted pipes? Or would a dark ceramic work better? Just a random thought. It would be interesting to test it.