I'm in the process of making a tipi my home. It's all trial and error and imagination realized at this point.
My idea is to wrap pex lines around the flue or body of the stove and feed into the floor. I will likely go with a concrete or earthen floor, but the weather is too cold and variable out here in Montana to trust concrete right now. The whole slab could freeze and it's not unlikely that cracks would ruin pex lines. But the canvas is only a week or so out, and I'm ready to live in it now.
My ideas is this: I can set up the pex lines in a spiral leading out and back into center of tipi, since that's where the wood stove will be. I'll translate to copper pipe to wrap around the body of the stove. I'm thinking that a small solar panel and water pump (making sure hot water doesn't feed into pump) could achieve this pretty easily.
What I'm wondering is.. Can I just put some good dirt over these pex lines and walk on it as such now? Mostly because I want any floor to be temporary and easy, so I can have an earthen floor this summer. And because it's cold and a radiant floor that's so grounded and close to earth sounds incredible. I'm not sure what the thermal mass of dirt is and I likely wouldn't make any of this high tech, with controlled systems or thermometers.
Let me know if you have any ideas or tips or questions. Thanks