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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    Dear Illustrious Community,

    building a lovely round strawbale hut for my therapy practice.....It's 3m diameter and quite low in height, 2020mm?
    Needless to say not with building regs.

    Would like a very small wood stove in case of cold weather. Quite well oriented solar wise but shaded by near leafy walnut trees. We've had a Windy Smithy "Wendy" at 2.5kw in our 2 berth caravan which is overkill in that...so looking for smaller! Of course the mass is the important part as a twig burner will require attention and go out frequently/not store heat.

    A few years ago there was a lovely design in Permaculture mag for a DIY brick built mass heater (kachelofen style but small). Does anyone know of any nice plans for a really small mass type wood/biomass burner built with bricks or the like or have any pointers? Everything is likely too much and I'm a hot middle aged woman....ahem.....
    Have you done heat-loss calcs? Plainly it should not need much, if the roof and floor insulation levels are similar to the straw walls. More info please, and we will no doubt be able to help.
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2018
    If you do Facebook I would ask on here https://www.facebook.com/groups/502734133080025/
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2018 edited
    Google found this one on ebay..


    The body is just 4" x 4" and just over a foot tall. So it's really tiny. But no glass door which in my opinion is the best bit a stove.

    Note the warnings at the bottom.
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2018
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2018
    What about the type you get on narrowboats?
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2018
    Another alternative might be a bioethanol burner.
    I've been looking at this 'Hobbit' stove for a year round greenhouse I'm thinking of building. The SE version is DEFRA approved and can have an optional backboiler and eternal air supply. They also have a cooktop option with guide rails so you can brew a cuppa for your therapy guests. It has a range of funky colour options too


    (p.s. I have no connection to the company, I just like the look of the stove)
    • CommentAuthorbarney
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2018
    No connection but a mate of mine has just bought a Chilli Billie stove from Chilli Penguin for his new shed/man cave/maker space depending on how posh he's feeling

    It looked a pretty useful thing when I saw the first firing of it


    Thank you everyone....looking into the ebay miniature as posted by CWatters. However, this is a lovely article by Kiko Denzer


    and will probably be the way we go. With thanks all,
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