I spent a lot of time studying rocket mass heaters online and looking over images like this one:
I ran into a lot of very large rocket mass heaters, but I couldn't find any small designs that would fit in my motor home, which makes sense since the whole purpose of it is to heat a very large mass....
However, I did find a lot of design ideas online and on youtube for very small rocket heaters (which are very similar to the first stage of the rocket mass heaters. So, after a lot of thinking and staring at bricks and stove pipes and an old pot I bought at SAVERS for $12, I finally built the damn thing.
Yesterday I drove 160 miles to Lowe's and bought 13 bricks, one 16" by 16" patio slab and, 8" by 16" slabs, a half cinder block, and an 80 lb bag of mortar.
I first checked the fit of my brick setup without the mortar:
|I added some rocks from the desert outside.|
|The color in this sky just makes life worth living at least one more day : )|
|And my chicken soup makes life worth living until the end ; )|