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What's new: Wed Nov 24 (2004) Warming up for the winter
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Warming up for the winter

Landbouwbelang has no chimney. I have no idea how the hundred former workers of this factory kept warm amidst the cold concrete pillars and floors of this factory. My seven house-mates each have solved this problem in their own way, always with a most personal chimney sticking out of a window of their apartment.
Now it was my turn to outsmart the cold. Of course I claimed that the BrickStove would be most ideal for a squat like Landbouwbelang. Davina was the only person to express some trust in my proposal. As her iron wood burning stove had proven to be incapable to heat her room last winter, she has high hopes the BrickStove would do better.
By happy coincidence just at this time Mickenhans contacted me, as he wanted to learn how to built the BrickStove. So Mickenhans and I ended up together building a BrickStove for Davina.
Basically it is the same model that functioned well for many years in the old workshop in Dieren. It has a tunnel that is filled with wooden sticks at the bottom. This tunnel is closed at the far end, so the fire has to burn the wood from the front. The hot gasses then flow up to the second horizontal tunnel on top of the first. From there they escape in a larger chamber in the top part of the stove and transfer heat into the concrete blocks of the walls. A chimney pipe, with its entrance near the bottom of this chamber is the escape for the exhaust gasses, that by now are cooled down to a 80 degrees Celsius.
The other end of the chimney pipe sticks out of her window in a crooked fashion with a funny little cap at the end. As the other house-mates have experienced, this works well, but for only a few days each year. Then the wind will blow the smoke into the rooms at that side of the building. So they decide not to install the forced draft, that is important for the latest version of the BrickStove.
The pictures below show Mickenhans at work with Davina's stove. He was quiet content with the result. Once we had mastered to cut the bricks with a diamond disk at an accurate 60 degrees, glueing the bricks together with mud proved to be easy and effective.

The fit of bricks

Mud as glue

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