Eric Hammond wrote:The one other thing I wanted to mention....reading through this topic and through Staci's build, both Satamax and Staci have mentioned that they find feeding the beast finicky/requires a lot of attention.
I have not found this to be the case with me at all. In fact right before it was mentioned in Staci's post I had loaded the stove up and went to take a hot bath, while thinking in the tub I was wondering "Why did Satamax say these things required constant attention?" I basically filled mine up and walked away. I wonder if its a difference between 6" and 8"?
Here is how it's going for me.
Staci Kopcha wrote:
"finicky" for me:
I am constantly moving, poking, rearranging. If I fill too full, it will smoke. If something burns down and the load shifts, it will smoke. If the pieces I use are too long (I have many), it smokes. If the pieces are not round and more angle, it smokes. I generally am checking on it, eyeing on it from across the way (for smoke) every five minutes or so. I have taken to NOT filling up the box, and maintaining space between the wood (not recommended, I know) to prevent the smoke.
I do think 6 vs 8" has something to do with it. And wet cob.
David Huang wrote:Awesome score, Eric! That sounds like it will be an ongoing resource for you too! It reminds me of the free scrap I used to see at a place that made moldings back when I used to do some woodworking. I may need to look into that myself as it does seem like a fabulous source for easy kindling if nothing else.
I did my inaugural test burn in my rocket mass heater this evening. It was fantastic! It lit up beautifully and easily, with a solid draft pulling all the smoke into the burn chamber. I am amazed at how much heat the little amount of wood I burned put out! For a cold start in my old wood stove it would have just been barely warming things up. I decided not to do a long burn thinking it might be easier on the wet cob/mortar sections to more slowly evaporate out the moisture. I did get some cracking in the cob laid down yesterday to seal my barrel down. I'm not surprised as I had a hard time envisioning that not cracking as the barrel heated up. I can't wait to see how this goes once I add the pea gravel mass to the system!
Hans Quistorff wrote:Also check such places for plainsong shavings and sawdust These hard woof materials are most excellent for worm composting in my experience.
David Huang wrote:Here's one final image I took by putting my camera down into the burn chamber so I could see what was happening. This is as far in as I could reach on my 6 inch system to clean out ash. Next it would seem that I need to figure out some sort of clean out tool to make so I can get all the way back. Is there something readily available most other people use that I don't know about? Fortunately for me I'm a metalsmith by trade so designing and making something shouldn't be too difficult, but I'm wondering how others deal with this issue?