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Old 06-20-2014, 11:59 PM   #121
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If it has that nice Cedar chest smell it is Aromatic Eastern Red Cedar, the Western Cedar doesn't have that smell. The first 30 minutes working with Aromatic Cedar it smells so good, after that I can't stand the smell.

Some of the black that I see is dried resin, when it dries it is harder than Superman's knee caps.
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It is resin. It is as hard as a rock!

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I decided to do a bit of shopping this evening (actually I would call it hunting). I know I said I was going to reuse the sink, but we discovered that it won't fit. So we headed over to the Habitat Re-Store. Score! $10 for a new sink in the box! We were on a roll so we decided to head over to the "not so antique" mall. I was specifically looking for some legs for my new potting table, but I found something even better. A table base for $19! It looks like it was made for my table dimensions! Now all I have to do is to sand the nasty "antique" paint look off and spray it with black Rust-Oleum or Krylon. It has a nice solid feel and the top part is old Formica on a solid wood base. I'll be able to easily attach my top.

We also picked up two more of those cedar boards to make the top for the drop in sink. We haven't found a base for that yet. Will probably check out HD or Lowes this weekend.

I also ordered the fire brick for the RMH. I found a great deal on line at ATG Stores (a division of Lowes). It ships from Canada (free), but had to pay tax, because Lowes is local.

We also did some research on the exhaust fan. It seems that the best on line deal for the highest customer rating is the J&D Commercial Shutter Fan from Greenhouse Megastore. The 12" runs $140 and has a CFM rating of 1846 at the highest speed. It is a variable speed so you have to purchase the controller. Also if you want to run it automatically, they have thermostats as well. The total package runs $211 plus $20 shipping. So far, I haven't found any other deal on line that is better. But, we don't have to purchase that right at the moment. It can wait.

Did a bit of hunting for more brick today, but I was unsuccessful. I'm sure we will find some.
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Several updates. The trench is done! Wiring and water is buried, tested, and back filled. That was exhausting, but I saved $118 plus tax.

We have finished adding the new circuit breakers, but they are disconnected as we work on the outlets (safety first). We added a freeze safe outdoor faucet as a supplemental line. This means that I don't have to drag a hose to water my vegetable garden.

We decided to run the conduit up through the ridgepole to wire the lights and we are going to add a solar powered motion detector light on the outside. Things are really moving along now. We ordered the fire bricks for the RMH and they came tonight. Unfortunately the Mfg didn't package them very well and some were damaged. Luckily ATG (a division of Lowes) has on line chat until 10pm Pacific. They placed a replacement order for the broken ones. Now if the guy would call me back about the bricks for the thermal mass.

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Found brick on Craigslist for 0.10 each. We will start the RMH build this weekend!
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Found brick on Craigslist for 0.10 each. We will start the RMH build this weekend!
At that price...buy all they have! You can always use the extras for another project.
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At that price...buy all they have! You can always use the extras for another project.
We did. 1000 bricks moved in two truckloads. We are exhausted!
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We did. 1000 bricks moved in two truckloads. We are exhausted!
Oh my goodness!!! That's fantastic!
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I'm so tired that I'm having trouble typing. LOL. 1000 bricks in two truckloads. Then I got a wild hair and decided to clean the driveway. Hubby is still outside working on the wiring. Now that we have the brick, I can start working on the rocket mass heater. Tomorrow I'm going to lay it out and try to get a working test.

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That was a great haul, sorry bout that LOL. I know you both are wore out after all that. It will all be worth it though, when you feel the warmth of the heater you will be glad y'all did all that work.
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Woo Hoo! We got the rocket mass heater clamped together for a basic test. Most of the brick has been cut, but the rain got to us before finishing and we wanted to light it. So, here are a few pictures of the raw J tube. I got video of the first test. We got fire and heat! It is uploading to YouTube. I'll post the link as soon as it is done.
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And a burn picture!
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Are you pleased with the way it works?
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For the first test, we are really pleased. It was raining and even then it took off very well and immediately started radiating good heat. Here is the video. I am sure when we seal it for good, it will work even better.

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Another link showing a bit more burn.

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That looks very promising, I am like Keith, I expected to see smoke come back out the feet tube. Thanks for sharing, that is exciting.

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