After having build a this type of rocket stove(*), I was wondering if you are allowed to build a rocket stove mass heater into your house?

Are there any restriction?

(*) I don't think it's a rocket stove. That would need to re-burn the fumes.

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  • What country? The mass heater system linked to, if properly built with attention to detail (proper firebox, draft and sealing of combustion/smoke area from living space) is similar to how Finnish and Russian ceramic heating systems work. You build a hot, completely combusting fire and warm a thermal storage system. – Fiasco Labs Jul 5 '14 at 16:15
  • @fiascolabs holland, wanted it to keep it general... – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jul 5 '14 at 16:17
  • And, In Many LAHJs, the Russian/Finnish Masonry heater will be easily approved - since it's built with more traditional masonry materials and chimney; and has a long track record. LAHJs tend towards a good deal more skepticism towards cob as fire-containment and horizontal venting... As for making the question general, the answers to such questions are never general - they can literally vary hugely across a town line. – Ecnerwal Jul 5 '14 at 17:40

That will be up to the LAHJ - or Local Authority Having Jursidiction. Figure out who that is (if you need building permits, it's usually whoever issues and/or does inspections related to them) and ask.

Don't be overly shocked if the answer is no - I suspect most RMHs in dwellings are located in places with no or very minimal inspections/code enforcement, as the building code folks tend to be a bit conservative about fire and houses - not having people killed in house fires is a big part of why they exist. As such they can be very slow to accept non-traditional approaches to containing fires in houses. On the other hand, they may be able to suggest an approach that keeps them happy.

  • In the US, you would have to be in a rural area where stove inspections or code restrictions are not enforced. Too many house fires and carbon monoxide deaths... Whole family except the 9 year old son died from the latter about 2 years ago in our county. – Fiasco Labs Jul 5 '14 at 16:12

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