Archive for November, 2007


November 28, 2007

Masonry Heaters
Homes of 2000 – 3000 square feet can be heated by the wood unit depending on the type and quality of insulation. The refractory modules are easily assembled reducing installation time and ensuring proper function. A specially trained installer is not required. The internal design allows the large masonry mass to absorb the fire’s heat. High temperature fires provide superior efficiency resulting in reduced fuel consumption and the elimination of creosote buildup. The frequency and expense of chimney cleaning is reduced. Fires lasting 1-2 hours (3-4 hours for gas) at 12-24 hour intervals provide continuous heat. The fireplace modules are made of durable high temperature refractory material which will provide years of service. An optional stainless water coil can provide domestic hot water.With no creosote accumulation, the danger of chimney fires is eliminated. Since heating continues after the fire is out, one can leave the home without concern for an unattended fire. EPA certified woodstoves must meet a 7 gram per hour particulate emission rate. Temp-Cast woodburning fireplaces emit 1-2 grams per hour. 1

Rumford Fireplaces

Back in England, Rumford applied his knowledge of heat to the improvement of fireplaces. He made them smaller and shallower with widely angled covings so they would radiate better. And he streamlined the throat, or in his words “rounded off the breast” so as to “remove those local hindrances which forcibly prevent the smoke from following its natural tendency to go up the chimney…”

Gallery and links to Rumford Fireplaces


Ethanol stoves
Throw some Quail Egg or Black pebbles on these to give it a rustic look. These stoves are clean burning, provide a hot flame and require no ventilation.

Best Wood
check wiki

timberline – cast iron stoves

Cast Iron Grate Heater
Thermorite Cozy Grate Heater

fireplace grate heat exchanger with blower

Cast Iron vs. Masonry
Construction: fire brick then insulating concrete then rock wool
Chimney: air cooled heavy duty cast iron w/ fins pipe followed by standard pipe
Heat exchanger: Cast iron roof with large quiet fan. Built in grate tubing
Fans: Large german (spiral) type quiet fans driven by pole gear. Motor buried in wall.
Air intake: from outside, injects just in front of glass door to keep glass clean. Fan assisted
Flue: towards the back of the fireplace. Promotes front to back airflue
Removable door hinges
exhaust / intake: covered by pillars for cosmetic reasons
Heat Exchangers: standard iron pipe threads for 1 1/2 or 2″ pipe. Straight iron pipe w/ fins for top. Rectangles on bottom for grate. fins on flue.
Heat Exchanger flow: air is pumped through bottom and aided by convection through the top pipes. Standard iron pipe and 90 degree elbows connect the top and bottom.
Cleanup: Removable floor pan of iron for easy removal and water tolerance (no crack cooling shrinking tolerance), sand & ash trap
Durability: 2′ brick along walls and bench in front of fireplace. At least 1 or 2 more feet of tile in front of that.
Multilayer cabinet for storing wood inside. 6’h x 2’w x 3′ deep
Thermal Mass: Soapstone & iron pipes filled with water. Exhaust from heat exchangers can be used to heat up the water pipes. Water weights 8.345404 lbs or 3.7854118 kgs per gallon. 12″ iron pipe that’s 8′ tall holds 6.285 cubic feet. 1 cubic foot equals 7.4805 US gallons. That’s 388 lbs of thermal mass per 8’x12″ pipe. Water chamber contained in rockwool to provide a slow release of heat. Would be wise to have a drain at the bottom in case one of the pipes rusts out. Coat the inside w/ naval paint & primer. Connect a sacrificial anode to the outside.

Best Coal

Relevant links:

Masonry Heater Association
Hearth, Patio Et Barbecue Association
EPA stove and fireplace page
More EPA

DOE Pellet stove page
Wood Burning Guidlines

cool stoves

Backyard Entertainment

November 26, 2007

The following is a list of things to keep a wide variety of men and women happy during backyard BBQ’s and get together:

Caribbean Ring Toss
Bimini Big
Or as the English call it; “Wallhooky” or the more archaic “Ring the Bull” is a game that can be traced back to the 12th or 13th century England. This is back when Robin Hood and his merry men were raiding Nottingham.

Web Resources:

Tournament grade kits

Terminology / Lingo
Link 1, Linky 2


Beer Pong
Crazy stuff

American Cornhole Association

Alcoholic Chess

LEAP vs. McCAIN, APA Unanimously Supports Medical Marijuana

November 21, 2007

McCain: I just want to ask one other thing. Do you think methamphetamine ought to be legal?

Jardis: I think what we need to look at is the drug policy.

McCain: Yeah, but you know, it’s one thing to talk about policy. It’s another thing to talk about specifics, and with all due respect, do you think methamphetamine ought to be made legal?

Jardis: I don’t think that if someone gets caught with methamphetamine, we should be putting them in prison, period. We should be helping them. We should help people who are addicted to drugs, not spend $69 billion a year to put people in jail. If you arrest somebody, it does not solve the problem. You just said that there are drug cartels. There would not be drug cartels if we were to regulate drugs. In Switzerland they have public heroin clinics where people can go and get help with clean needles to come off drugs There’s no doubt that drugs are dangerous, but our policy does not do anything to help people who are addicted. If you arrest a 16-year-old for possession of marijuana, and they get a criminal conviction, you can get over an addiction but you can never get over a conviction. They lose their funding to go to college, and no one could ever say that keeping a kid from going to college accomplishes something good. Not at all.

McCain: (interrupts) Thank you very much. I’m sorry you didn’t have a position on methamphetamine, but I do agree with you. I do agree with you strongly. As I said, we have this program in Arizona that I’d like to see adopted nationwide that first-time offenders are given an opportunity to rehabilitate themselves and to have a clean record. I thank you for your service, and I appreciate the discussion, and I look forward to continuing this dialogue because I in no way… do I in any way mean to diminish the magnitude of this problem and the terrible tragedies it inflicts on America every single day. Thank you, and thank you for your service.

Recently the American Psychiatric Association unanimously voted in support of medicinal use of Marijuana:

(WASHINGTON, D.C. ) – In a unanimous vote, the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association has approved a strongly worded statement supporting legal protection for patients using medical marijuana with their doctor’s recommendation.

“This is a very large and important medical organization, it isn’t some fringe group,” said Bruce Mirken from the Marijuana Policy Project.

He told, “This move debunks a lot of the nonsense from some of the anti-medical marijuana groups. They have been aggressively using false information tactics. These groups allege that there are various links between mental illness and marijuana, ignoring the fact that it is well documented that medical marijuana can be therapeutic”.

Digg: New Hampshire Police Officer Surprises McCain, Speaks Against Drug War
Send the Right Message: New Hampshire Police Officer Surprises McCain, Speaks Against Drug War November 20th, 2007 by Matt American Psychiatric Association Assembly Unanimously Backs Medical Marijuana
Tim King Nov-07-2007 09:21