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2015 MHA Annual Meeting

Batch fired Rocket Bell

with Peter van den Berg

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View down the top of the riser. Exit from firebox and entry into riser is at top.

Section through heater.
Download the open source Sketchup model 

Peter gave a presentation at the annual meeting, prior to his hands on workshop.
He has done much leading edge research on a batch burning rocket bell design.
You can find the graphics files for Peter's MHA seminar here:
Follow some of the current progress on the 
rocket stove forum, where Peter often hangs out.

A combustion tunnel featuring surface details to break up laminar flow and initiate turbulence.

Detail of the current P tube design that injects air at the exit slot of the firebox.

Casting ceiling slabs from castable refractory.

Demolding the slabs.


Firebox, with the exit slot to the rear.
Insulated riser tube can be seen on the right. It is made from rigidized ceramic fiber.
Note that it has been notched on one side.

Riser in place.

Blind heated benches. They work on the bell principle, also known as buoyancy or Bernouilli's principle.

Chimney exit is visible just behind the riser chamber.

Section, viewed from the rear.
The calcium plate divider is there to keep the exhaust openings symmetrical and as low as the bottom half of the bench.

The 1"x4" steel tube P-channel is visible on top of the firebox ceiling. It supplies air to the top of the firebox exit slot.

An extension is added to the riser. It is site fabricated from two pieces of stainless pipe and ceramic fiber.
It would not be suitable for long term use.

Ceiling slabs and bench top slabs in place.
Heater is being fired to dry it out.
You can observe the warming of the benches by the lighter dry patches on the bench tops.

The next day, the top slabs were removed, and the bell was raised two courses (9").
The added heat exchange, in Peter's opinion, reduced draft enough to tip the system out of clean burning mode just
now and then.
Temperature of the exhaust gases was low enough so that one would be able to hug the bare stovepipe.
Eric Moshier had brought an additional Testo 330-2, and the burn on the second day seemed to have higher CO.

Kirk Mobert, second from right, made earth plaster out of the mortar clay and sand plus local horse manure from the
adjacent paddock. The plaster was added when the stove heated up and finished with some finer local clay with a lot
of mica in it. Thickness of the whole layer was just 1/4" but the plastered area didn't show any cracks even when the
single skin heater became too hot to touch. Thanks to the excellent heat distribution of the bell and the fibres of the manure.

The heater with its warm benches was a big focal point for our annual pizza party.

Next day: demolition and inspection.

A bit of damage to the riser where it was notched, creating a very thin section.

P tube showed no wear.

Castable slabs were good, also.

Also see report by Leslie Jackson:

See also:

2014 Photo Report

2013 Photo Report

2012 Photo Report

2011 Photo Report

2010 Photo Report

2009 Photo Report

2008 Photo Report

2007 Photo Report
2006 Photo Report
2004 Photo Report
2003 Photo Report
2002 Photo Report
2001 Photo Report
2000 Photo Report
1999 Photo Report
1998 Photo Report
1997 Photo Report

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