This is a prototype, meaning, I make it cry about my mistakes and failures and you get to laugh
I normally take the ideas I see working like TLUD, rocket stoves, and gasifiers and then attempt to fix it for my needs. I grow a large amount of bamboo at my location and having a way to turn that into heat and or char is all good to me.
What I have been experimenting with is using a 5 gal pail on top of the flames and feeding the exhausts of that back into the flames below to make a high grade char. This works for me.
I would like to use this to heat a thermal mass, I am torn between heating water or heating a large mass of insulated concrete, Then using like a heat exchange to bring that heat inside to heat a small room. I am still in the early stages, I may build myself a test setup outside.
I have a friend who has built a cob oven that after it is fired it stays hot for like 3 days, I was thinking if I had that mass right outside my window, I could pipe that heat into my room via thermostat control.
I don’t know much about thermal mass, but I adore what I have seen with cob ovens, and I want to combine the idea of a cob oven with a rocket stove, then super insulate it so I can pull the heat off when I want it.