I'm Paul Wheaton and I own CodeRanch. So I am abusing my power to post this to MD in the hopes that you will check out my kickstarter and maybe give ten seconds of thought to understanding this type of heat - and maybe throw a dollar my way.
this is the product https://youtu.be/DhMeg3VUFWs that the movie is based on? i backed the project, good luck. Will learn more about this. many people in rural India still use wood. i wonder if they will benefit
Tushar Kapila wrote:this is the product https://youtu.be/DhMeg3VUFWs that the movie is based on? i backed the project, good luck. Will learn more about this. many people in rural India still use wood. i wonder if they will benefit
Campbell Ritchie wrote:Which countries are rocket mass heaters conformant to building regulations in?
Quite a few. And growing.
Of course, I think people should treat rocket mass heaters just like they did pot. Be perfectly obedient to the government. It doesn't matter that it solves climate change, or that it saves you thousands of dollars while keeping your house even warmer. Do not build one until the government says it is okay - just like how nobody touched pot until the government said it was okay.
In some places it is classified as a masonry heater. In others, the building codes recognize rocket mass heaters.
BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS: to get your head wrapped around what it is and how they work. At least as much brain space as you have for a nuclear reactor. After all, you have a pretty good idea how those work even though they are not in your building regulations.
In the USA, it's probably OK to run a rocket heater as a portable device outdoors - providing your locale is not under burn restrictions - you don't want to set fire to the world, after all! State or Federal lands may have restrictions as to if/where you can do so, though.
To affix one as a permanent part of a structure however, would likely require zoning approval, which may range from "no problem! would you like to build a toxic waste processing facility next to an elementary school while you're at it (Texas)? To, Absolutely not! only approved fireplaces with Italian Renaissance sculptured marble façades that are either white or rose pink are allowed (Coral Gables, Florida).
Only slightly kidding.
Even if local ordinances forbid, however, you can always try filing for an exception or even rezoning. While some localities can be real control freaks/jerks, many places can be persuaded. Especially if campaign donations are mentioned (totally-not-Florida ). There may be extra insurance considerations and you might have to demonstrate safety features to a local engineer.
Sometimes the only way things ever got fixed is because people became uncomfortable.