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Indoor heating Answered

Hi,
I hope this is the correct place to ask some rocket minded guys how we can solve our fridged home problem.

Our 30yr old cottage built with 2 layer perimeter brick and covered with heavy clay tiled roof becomes a freezer in winter.
With restricted use of power as a result of our Govt's poor planning it gets cut at anytime and gas heaters not being safe, is there a simple way to get natural heat other than installing a fireplace at great cost that could heat all rooms?
 B'lieve me guys it's ccold here even with a winter's sun outside, so solar panels or similar would need to absorb heat to distribute it all round and be very costly -  Sunny South Africa not so warm. 

Muscpro

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steveastrouk (author)2011-06-19

How about a rocket stove ? Can you get stick like fuel for one ?

Steve

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Muscpro (author)steveastrouk2011-06-19

Hey Bud, Thanks for the suggestion and 'scuse my ignorance, but never heard of such a stove. Do you have a pic or sketch of one?
Could be a marketable item here among our black folk out in the rural areas, like Soweto outskirts.

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steveastrouk (author)Muscpro2011-06-19

I was thinking of this idea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket_mass_heater for you

There's a link there to Ianto Evan's book on how to make one.

A LOT of the research into them has gone on in SA and other parts of Africa.

Steve

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RedneckEngineer (author)2011-06-18

Look on this site or even Google for DIY Popcan Solar Heater. Easy to make out of easy to find materials.

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