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Old 01-11-2018, 06:55 PM   #1
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Hearth/Radiant heat ideas?

hello again guys! I'm sure this may be covered somewhere, but I 5am having a hard time dredging through search and must be using the wrong terms. can anyone help me with either terms to try or ideas for materials to back my cubic mini cub fireplace with so that it will produce a safe passive heat and get the most heat per firewood?

I'd ideally like to use something pretty and minimal/ elegant, or anything reminiscent of like a traditional Japanese teahouse genkan (entry area) but I don't know how to find out what words of stones and materials have what qualities regarding absorbing and later releasing heat?

as a side note we do have kids, so staying warm is super important.. we were considering putting out up at counter height for easier cooking and to keep it out of the way, but we currently do have a GIGANTIC Ben Franklin replica stove and even the little one has a healthy respect for it and doesn't want to mess with it, can anyone tell me if it's much better to mount it closer to the ground to get more heat (heat rising and whatnot)? If it's not a substantial difference id rather mount it higher for safety and convenience.

also I read some threads here advising how to get it so hot that skin sticks to it, we would definitely NOT like that, so if anyone has tips on how to avoid or babyproof they can point us to, we'd be much obliged !
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:43 PM   #2
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I would keep it as low as possible so it won't tip if for some reason the bus got jarred or human error.
For the other issue, simple ceramic tile like that used for kitchen floors etc would work very easily and give you many design choices. I place a pizza stone on my top just to keep my birds off it and heat doesn't bother it plus you can warm food or cook on it too.
Maybe a total enclosure if your kids are young till they learn but do protect them in the event they get to close.

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Old 01-11-2018, 08:10 PM   #3
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Not sure bout stone and what not, but this is the Cub version of what cubic mini included for free with my grizzly:
Heat Shield:

Thinking about this(pricey tho):

And bought this for the penetration of roof:
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:25 AM   #4
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You are talking about a heat sink. Soapstone and water are traditionally used materials.
I would keep the stove low for a couple reasons
1. Airflow inside the bus
2. Chimney length
3. You could use a heat sink under the stove such as stone countertop remnants, or the aforementioned tile.

I would also suggest using a fan for air movement. I ended up running a 4inch pipe from floor level in the back bedroom to ceiling height near the stove with a 12volt computer fan inline to pull the cold air from the bedroom.

A fireplace screen would be good for keeping the little ones far enough away.
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