One of the most striking things about these hand-crafted wooden stools, chairs, benches and tables is just how geometric they are. This set of alder-branch furniture objects by Brent Comber is compelling in part precisely because of this contrast between exactitude and natural variegation. Creative contemporary domestic designs, from unique home architecture to custom interior, furniture & DIY design ideas.Find inspiration via plans & pictures of compact modular mini-houses, small-space apartments, all-in-one bathroom & bedroom projects & more.Upcycled cargo shipping container houses, to space-saving furniture, ultra-modern interiors & futuristic homes! The old large commercial gas cook stove tops were cast iron; recently, I bought one off a junk truck, and then also, one of the newer mild-steel tops.
We have got to the point where there is no longer a gale blowing through the workshop (yay!): doors are shutting, and fiddly insulation and air tightness detailing is well under way.
Having a reasonable supply of wood on the Golden Hill site, a wood burning device of some sort seems like a good, carbon neutral plan. Many have been built in this style, but few have preheated air to allow for efficient primary and secondary combustion.
However the rocket-mass heaters all have a very large thermal mass, usually a clay or cob bench.
This is all great, and I think the heat exchanger will certainly feature some peltier driven fans to improve performance, but pumping in preheated air for combustion does raise some practical concerns. Good conceptual plan so far, now I have seen the bulked out diagrams i see how the self feed will work, previously I was confused about how it was going to seal or whether it was going to seal at all.
I’m liking the idea of the viewing windows from a control and learning point of view alone.
You will see when you pick up the stuff we ordered from the internet the other day that I have included the CO2 detector we looked at, not that I doubt the design will work but better safe than sorry. In regard to the heat up of the base issue, what hearth material are you considering as some of the heat build up could be disapated into the floor if configured right, obvisously not directly sat on the floor as the concete will prob crack up?
All in all looking forward to warm workshopping, wouldn’t a stirling engine heat exchange fan look good, if potentially noisy.
Agreed, there will need to be some fan control mechanism to shut the fans off when the door is opened.
In many ways a fan mounted near the end of the flue, which pulls the air, would be superior. Fans at the inlets that push air in could possibly be mounted outside, at the entrance to the inlet pipes, so you wouldn’t be able to hear them inside. Like your sterling engine idea, would be a nice project, but think the noise may cause mild insanity after a while.
As for the stove base, i was planning to have it insulated to protect the metal (which probably wouldn’t deal well with the intense heat in the combustion chamber), and lined with a hard refractory cement, and the actual stove up on little legs, to hold it off the floor. I suspose the desgin for the work shop is influenced by the fact that in many ways the workshop is more insulated that the average house, certainly more than ours, and a short efficient burn should warm up the space quickly and then remain so due to the insulation.
You are right about the soot build up, that will be one of the design challenges of the heat exchanger. Again the fans will help here – hopefully they will keep the air moving enough that this wont be a problem.
I have read there is another product called Plistix 900F that is cheaper and works as well as ITC-100, but I do not have any experience with this product. I thought that this might be helpful if you are worried about melting your metal, as the ceramic insulation with with refractory cement and ITC-100 has worked well for blacksmiths working at very high temps.
I also wonder if it would be a bit waisted in this application: if you are using propane burners and placing metal in the forge, that is quite a clean environment compared to a woodstove combustion chamber.


We tend to imagine log construction and natural wood furniture as organic, defying rigid angles and smooth curves unlike more finished materials.
By cutting cleanly across each surface, the visual qualities of the wood (particularly the contrasting dark bark and light log interior) stand out all the more clearly along the sides and top.As a result of the simple geometric shapes of the objects themselves and the repetitive use of mainly one material, there is a distinctly minimalist modern feel to each work although the use of wood is structurally simple, traditional and conventional. In the worst cases, there is no heat exchanger and the internal flue pipes are insulated so the heat goes straight up and out. So we are going to want to devise some clever way to pipe the air through the fire before releasing it in there for combustion.
There are a few obvious signs of a good efficient burn: nice clear to light grey smoke (white smoke clouds signals polluting inefficiency) but other readings can be useful.
We are not going to be burning coal so there is no need for a grate (according to most sources wood burns more efficiently on a layer of insulative ash). That’s great for the home, but really I think we want an air-to-air heat exchanger so we can quickly warm up the workshop. Here the heat would be controlled by metering the wood fuel, rather than restricting the airflow, which can lead to inefficient burn. OK so they add complexity, make a little noise and require electricity but… They can boost efficiency of the stove so that, in effect, they produce way beyond the amount of energy they use.
If it works as hoped we will be getting up to melting-metal-temperatures in the combustion chamber, and only refractory cement or similar materials will endure.
Control and correct function of the fans will be the tricky issue, as there is going to need to be some cut off system on the fans when loading fuel or the workshop is going to get smokey quickly. I guess the idea of putting heat into the floor is what the rocket-mass stoves are all about.. In use they seemed quite effective with a relatively short burn resulting in the stove being warm to the touch many hours later. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Passive solar gain is already in effect – the inside is staying about 5 degrees above the external temp, which is about zero degrees at the moment (yes working out there is cold). Making the simple shape of a wood burner shouldn’t be that difficult – oh yeah, we now have a nice MIG welder, but that deserves a future blog post of its own!
Most are only suitable for outdoor use, with smoke belching from every poorly sealed orifice. As well as needing enough heat, achieving secondary burn usually requires a secondary air supply (to provide more oxygen in the right place). In some designs, good heat exchangers are built into the stove itself and in some cases these work well, but they are usually very expensive and can weigh a good few tons. A thermometer in the flue, reading the temperature at the point gasses leave the room is very useful (see previous point).
So our possible design will leave out thermal mass, and exhaust to a heat exchanger (possibly constructed from another cylindrical container or two) instead.
It should be possible to burn a certain number of sticks, to give various different heat outputs.
Second, we can extract ALL the heat from the flue gasses, so that the exhaust air leaving the flue is the same or similar temperature to the room air [4]. Having one would be nice, but doesn’t seem like it would work as well with the sideways burning design.
I wonder if all goes well you will be able to produce fuel ‘fagots’ held together with twisted split lenghts of stick ready for quick loading?


I can however voucher for the effectivness and consequent loss of effectivity of a conventional wood stove pulling cold air into a room while running, since the new windows have gone in at masion dave the draft under the door has become comical.
I just think the time delay between lighting and getting heat out of that kind of system might make that less convenient for the workshop? Now the trick will be in having such an arrangement without adding too much air resistance, eddies and all that. The ITC-100 link seems to be dead, but I have done a little searching about on google for it. Although that’s quite encouraging, and it will be interesting to see how much better things get when the porous straw walls are properly rendered, we are thinking that another heat source is going to be needed. The thing is that nice flat plates of scrap steel are not so easy to come by, but what does come up from time to time, are discarded steel containers – from old barrels, to scrap steel safes. If it is not the stove will be drawing in air from the room, which in turn sucks cold air into the room from outside through all the tiny gaps in the building envelope. Also good, an O2 sensor, giving an Oxygen reading in a similar location, will tell us a lot about the efficiency of combustion and allow us to optimise the amount of air going in for primary and secondary burn. What’s more, if dry, this kind of wood burns hotter because it presents a much higher surface area at which combustion can occur than say a big log (big logs that last ages but smoulder and cool the fire = bad) .
Both secondary and primary air are preheated and blown into the combustion chamber from outside with small fans. And lastly, we can move the air into primary and secondary burn zones, right where we want it, in high-velocity, low-volume jets that help to mix up fuel, air and fire further improving the burn. Having a glass front to the combustion chamber is always going to be a weak spot in term of insulation, but then again, you can tell so much about how a burn is working just by direct observation – it may well be worth having glass. I guess we will need one or more removable hatches so it can be cleaned – but we don’t want to be doing that too often! If you put the fan at the front, you will have a lot of back pressure and lose pretty much all the force the fan puts out. Sounds like the secondary air needs some work though (or maybe that was just an idiosyncrasy of that particular owner? I wanted to show a DIY person how easy it can be to install Hearth Stones for their own Wood Stove Project. With a solid wood sub floor under the carpet I was able to nail the first layer of metal lath nice and tight.
Next I nailed another layer of metal lath over that creating a very tight metal lath to BOND cement to.
So when you have the combination of METAL and CEMENT nailed to a SOLID surface you will get a very nice HARD platform to set something HEAVY such as a Wood Burning Stove.
However you should Check with your local building codes before doing any Fireplace installation. I plan to do the same type of harth only I will be laying my harthstone on top of old tee shirts soaked with gasoline. One word HACK!!!i»?milesff7: You lost all credibility when you didn't properly cut out the carpet and wall trim.



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