Miles Flansburg wrote:Sort of like a Dakota firepit?
allen lumley wrote:Joe B : I can predict the final results! !!! As soon as the moisture is baked out of the soil The now highly insulative earth will rapidly raise the internal temperature up into the range where the pocket rocket could be used as a simple forge!
Followed very quickly by the total failure of the 5 gallon pail culvert section or even 1/8th inch plate steel ! Though the last one might last several days ! For t5he good of the crafts ! Big AL !
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:If seeking advice...listen to that which given...Metal does not last very long at all, and if that is acceptable then charge on with the plans. If a long term build is the goal, then make up some schematics for folks to look at and critique. This should render a build with much more life and durability.
Earth does not "sinter" as described and what little are does become unbalanced with the surrounding area of earth and exfoliates.
For the most part, it would probably be a temporary/intermittent use backup solution anyway...
...ultimately, I'd like to build an outdoor RMH out there as pretty much the cornerstone of a base camp...
...What would you use for the outer shell of the mass and the fire area when it will be exposed to north central Texas weather?
Once it dries a liner may be completely redundant.
The hand-dug well nearby had a more-or-less uncased (limestone basically mashed into the damp clay and then mortared with an inch or two of unreinforced cement) section that held up for at least 80 years before it collapsed, so it's pretty stable stuff.
allen lumley wrote:Joe B. : What Jay said, I to would like to see how this works for you, I think your best shot is a soil with a high percentage of clay/ hardpan !
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:I have done one like this in Southern Arizona years ago in Mesquite wood, and we work in Texas (or our crews do) all the time. Let me know where you are and I might be able to put you in touch with a local "free lance" sawyer that can get you stock...it doesn't have to be straight at all. Most of the wood in the photo came from a "firewood" pile and is made up of oak and ash...