Paul Tofflemire wrote:Here is a picture of my riser hope its right
allen lumley wrote:Remy Olson : Actually the ash pit performs two important functions, it is the 1st place that the almost talcum powder light Fly Ash can
settle out! A much more important function of the "Ash pit'' is in increasing the size of the Transitional Area of the burner base, The
depressed area below the lowest point of Your horizontal piping allows for more sweeping curves and a larger transitional
area! This helps prevent the hot exhaust gases from losing velocity from unwanted frictional contact with a floor in that location !
Generally, we tell new builders to load up their thermal mass with lists of rocks, making sure the rocks are well embedded and
covered with some cob ! A fellow member speaks of this as making Rock and Cob Lasagna, if rocks are the primary ingredient, you
will have to make less Cob.
Having said that generally it is better to make the entire Transitional area and 'Ash Pit' out of cob, you can stick in some hard wear
cloth for reinforcement and or chopped fiberglass, the hardware cloth will definitely be detectable to your finger tips telling you 'you
have cleaned up all that you should - Stop Now !
So because you will be cleaning that area up during yearly inspections and probably vacuuming out the T.A. / A. P. you will want to
make this area from cob with some reinforcement !
To burn off your barrel there are two tried and true routes, making up a Pocket Rocket, or two joining together (4 or 5) 30'' sections
of stove pipe notch deeply the piece that goes down to the bottom of the barrel and try again this time use smaller drier wood and
lots of it, also add some more new Clay mache` Keep plugging, you are getting closer ! Big AL