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Old 01-03-2012, 09:44 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by ck21084 View Post
Yes she is minus the smoke that usually comes with it. She loves camping but hates to smell like a camp fire.
I think you may need to find some REAL residential ceramic logs to fit your design. The hokey foamlike ones in my campfire in a can just don't get hot and radiate like the ceramic ones at home.


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Old 01-11-2012, 06:49 PM   #16
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So I have fired it up( pun intended) I am still missing the Venturi for the gas air mixture. I will include a video however I am happy with it so far. When turned up it emits a tremendous amount of heat however when using it normally it does ok. It may do better after the metal vessel and glass heat up.


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Old 05-31-2012, 04:05 PM   #17
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I built one too

for my deck at my house several years ago. Yours looks better, honestly, nice job. Mine runs on natural gas. Able to put out a lot of heat, but without something to radiate the heat thru (brick, log, metal) you wont get much heat return off of it for a cozy feel. Really pretty, though. Popular in the winter. But again, if you are looking for heat and comfort - get something to actually retain the heat.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:29 PM   #18
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Here's a link to a very simple form of using thermal mass - in a primative ceramic heater to squeeze a remarkable amount of heat out of a single candle.

RV News Magazine | The Voice of the RV Industry

there are a couple of other threads that show homemade versions of this heater, and of course up until central heating became common, it was quite usual to put hot bricks or ceramic water bottles to heat your feet in a cold bedroom. Even canopy beds were originally made to create a mini-room within a bedroom, so that the occupants of the bed could be warmed by their own body heat not being allowed to dissipate into the room ... of course eating beans could make the enclosed area more than "just warm".

I even remember a tale or two from oldtimers who claimed they could heat an Airstream by turning on a couple of burners (on low) and inverting flower pots over them. Carbon Monoxide poisoning makes that sound just stupid... but perhaps if the fan vent were left open? (still stupid )

You might play with some terra cotta pots hung over the fire pit, both to diffuse the heat and to store it then give it up even after the fire is turned off. If that has a good effect, then you could start spending cash on ceramic logs.

Of course you could use some cast iron dutch ovens on the fire pit - cooking and warming the area too.


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