Does anyone know of a real world way to evaluate the effects of a thermal mass wall recently installed in my home?
I am not lazy, so I did an internet search but the topic seems to be more scientific then practical. I mean I know water is 4 times as efficient as the rock I used, BUT I do have a wife and do take pride in my home, and a rock wall seemed to be a practical AND aesthetically pleasing at the same time.
My intent was to improve my pot bellied stoves heating properties, and to get rid of one ugly piece of tin that was required to protect my walls from intense radiant heat. I live in Maine and have plenty of rocks, so I built this yesterday hoping to improve the looks of my stove, and to gain a little heating advantage since my house is tight enough to allow firing it once per day on the dawn and eve of the heating season (Fall and Spring).
Some of the rocks get intensely hot, while others do not seem to absorb as much which I understand is going to happen, but as a whole what is the best way to figure out if this rock wall behind my stove was worth doing? The rocks were free, as was even the diesel fuel for my tractor (long story) so I do not have a dime invested in it, but it took me 4 hours to find, haul and stack the rocks. The wife is OKAY with the looks of it...if it works. Now I need a way to justify if it stays or goes.
Any idea on how to do that?
Statistics are as follows:
Dry stacked rocks with no mortar between them
1.8 cubic yards
Slate and Granite construction mostly
4 Hour construction time
No passive solar heat: built on Northeast Wall
Here is the link to a Flickr Photo of it. (Note: My floor is currently bare concrete because we live on a thermal mass slab and are in the middle of a kitchen remodel and have yet to install the tile floor due to construction of the new kitchen).Thermal Mass
, on Flickr