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#1 Recce Jan 01, 2013 12:12 PM

Stone wool insulation as wadding?
I started taking interest in model rocketry, because it seems like a good pastime during cold winter season. I guess new Year`s Eve gave the final push.

After looking for a cheap and easily available wadding, I got the idea of using stone wool. What are your thoughts about it? The material itself seems pretty dense at first, but it can be pulled apart to gain more volume. Or should it be used in disks instead?

#2 ttabbal Jan 01, 2013 01:53 PM

An excellent cheap wadding is cellulose insulation, available at most hardware stores. It's biodegradable, and treated to prevent fire. And a lifetime supply costs about $10. :D

Remember not to pack it in too tight, or the chute won't deploy properly.

#3 burkefj Jan 02, 2013 02:31 AM

I haven't used stone wool but have use stainless pot scrubber, it works well but you need to design the rocket to be able to replace it as it will get clogged eventually. Other people use baffles to block hot particles and allow gasses to cool.

Are you planning on ejecting it out, or seeing if it can sort of act as a tied in piston, or securing it and seeing if it passes enough gas to work as a baffle? I don't think it is biodegradable so you might not want to eject it.


#4 wrightme Jan 03, 2013 11:53 AM

Check the baffle design of the Aerotech line for a possibility; it is similar to the potscrubber.


Their catalog at this link explains it. (catalog p13, pdf p14)

#5 Recce Jan 04, 2013 10:32 AM

Thank you for your opinions. Stone wool is out and cellulose is in. :)

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