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Do you think this might be because the exhaust gasses are cooled by the rocket heater mass, and most of the heat is kept in the building?
A traditional wood stove is pumping heat out of the house in order to get the smoke out.
I wonder if it would be possible to make a "mini" rocket mass heater. If I could figure out a way to build one in a 1'X1'X6' space....My cabin is so small, that a regular wood stove would blast me out. Probably not... unless I wanted to be constantly feeding it small pieces of wood.... Hmmmmm......
There is no way to get a 100% burn.
smoke cools in the chamber collect.
I was looking for an environmentally friendly way to give supplemental slow release heat in a greenhouse.
We did have a small chimney fire at the base of our exterior vertical stack once, and it completely baffled me.. There was hardly any creosote buildup, and the temps are so low out there, I don't know how it started..