Chas de Geofroy

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Hi Thomas,
   First and foremost thank you for your information, I have that wall insulated and I do have the book in my hands and it is a great book. I used some salvaged insulation on the exterior of the concrete foundation any areas above grade going below grade as I remember about 2 to 3 feet down it is not insulated all the way down to the footings. Your set up looks to be what I will model mine after. Thanks so much, Chas.
5 months ago
    Here is my idea, presently I heat my barn with a catalytic wood stove with a single wall stove pipe running up 12 feet to an insulated pipe that passes through a loft and then out through a metal roof. I use my barn to work on my equipment so I need as much floor space as possible so what I am planning is to go about 15 feet along a concrete wall away from the woodstove and put my rocket stove in that location then run a straight pipe from there through a cob bench and then intersect with the woodstove chimney. I was also thinking of using Matt's idea of making it just a stratification bench, my objective is to not only heat the bench but also heat the mass of the NW concrete foundation wall because my barn is built into a small hill so is half below grade, any suggestions would be welcome, thanks, Chas.
5 months ago
Travis, Thanks that's what I kept thinking I would do I have tons of rock around the yard I will put them to good use, as long as the Wife approves of a pile of rocks in the living room. I will at some point send a picture of how I get the wood from the woodshed into the house I build roads so I have a wood shute made from ADS 2-foot dia. running from the shed to a box outside the window with the window next to the stove works quite well, Chas.
5 months ago
Chas again with another idea I am working on, I have a Jotul F 50 TL Rangely which is a non-catalytic wood stove which if burned correctly is very clean with one drawback without thermal mass it uses a good amount of wood. I have been brainstorming of ways to build thermal mass around it to help store more heat, the firebox is firebrick lined which helps the clean burn but I have a good amount of heat going up the chimney which is insulated stovepipe.  Because of the design of the house, it would be very hard to build a rocket mass heater in the house I am thinking of building one in the barn however if I can find the time. Thanks in advance for any ideas, Chas.
5 months ago
Thanks all you have given me some great ideas, these panels look the one that Dave Burton had diagramed thanks. I will take some good pictures at some point at the moment they are buried behind a bunch of stuff next to the barn and I am trying to focus on getting my wood in for the next two Winters, thanks all, Chas.
5 months ago
Any suggestions would be welcome, I am trying to figure out if I can use 2 old thermal water heating panels and thermosiphon air through them to help warm my barn it may be a crazy idea but it might add a bit of heat, maybe? I also want to build a rocket mass heater in the barn as well and have Ernie and Erica's book, I just hate to see things not used if there is a way to use the panels without water it would be awesome any information I would welcome, thanks, Chas de Geofroy.
5 months ago