|Re: rocking our fireplace--Russian type||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 14:41:04 -0500|
Sanda Everette wrote suggesting a masonry heating stove. The type of Russian stove my sister has might not work well for a common house. Besides taking up a lot of space and costing a lot to build, it requires a certain schedule for tending the fire. The aim is to create a thermal mass with residual heat that will slowly radiate over the long term. This is accomplished by creating a small hot fire at certain times of day, and damping and undamping it appropriately. This works if you're around at the "right" times, but being in and out on work and errands, my sister found that they often missed the schedule. And they couldn't heat it up fast when they then wanted heat. I can only imagine a common house would find this even more challenging, as someone(s) would have to have that responsibility, ongoing. So check out that aspect. If your goal is more a visual "hearth", with heat on a short-term basis, when there is a group in the common house, a more conventional fireplace or stove could be appropriate. At RoseWind we are saving a place for a hearth, and one possibility we are looking at is a propane-fired stove --- which gives flames to watch and makes no mess--- with a field-stone fireplace around it for the look. One of our families has such a thing in their home, and it's rather attractive. A stone project is also a chance to invite each community member to contribute one or more stones of their choice -- perhaps stones significant to them-- in a way that symbolizes each person's participation in the whole. (And how many of us have stones we have inexplicably held onto, from a trip or a previous home -- a good thing to do with them!) Kids especially like to check on "their stone". Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA where our last lots are available (to join the 20 existing member families) and our collection of individually designed houses now numbers twelve, with another -- a strawbale-- getting its walls raised August 1-2, 1998. For the first time in our nine-year existence, we now have the majority of our residents on site.
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