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More heat storage than solar, but I thought some might find it interesting. Sundug

The Romans are credited with the invention of the first smoke-free heating system in Western Europe: the hypocaust. Until recently, historians had assumed that its technology was largely lost after the collapse of the Roman Empire. In fact, however, it lived on in large parts of Europe, and was further developed into the “heat storage hypocaust”, an underground furnace on top of which granite stones would be piled, to then release hot air through vents in the floor. By this means, a room could be kept warm for days with just one firing of the hypocaust’s furnace.


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It IS interesting! Thanks for sharing. And yes it's very similar to today's hydronic floors.
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