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Housing is at the heart of western considerations: how can each one of us transform his or her living space into a more cost-effective and sustainable ecosystem?
Onboard a van-come travelling workshop, the Low-tech Lab France team met with 12 inventors or local initiatives that developed solutions to reduce the impact of housing thanks to low-technologies adapted to their context. At each stop, the systems discovered were documented with their inventor and all the written and filmed tutorials will be available on the Low-tech Lab platform.
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A mass stove or accumulation stove is a household heating device. Its mass, composed of heavy materials (rock, brick or concrete), stores the energy of a daily unique and intense fire (1 to 3 hours). It spreads back the heat during 24 hours, once the fire is out. Its mass confers a thermic inertia, favourable to reduce inside temperature curve of a building (that's why these stoves can be called "inertial stoves"). All the wood necessary to heat the household is burnt in one time, which induces high temperatures in the fireplace and allows a complete, low-pollutive burning. The accumulator is conceived to absorb the majority of the energy issued from the burning and smokes. So when leaving the firpace, the smokes are considerably cooled down. The heat accumulated is mainly diffused by irradiation and a littlebit by convection. Irradiation heating implies the stove to be placed in the center of the household. Most of actual mass stoves are placed in the main room, opened on the living room, dining room and kitchen. With a yeld superior to 80% for most of them, these stoves are parts of the best performers of wood heating devices.You can find here the tutorial video : [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO7M41Ud78A]