Satamax Antone wrote:Don't worry, that's perfectly normal.
If you have bare pipes, or a wet mass, it usualy condenses. Even more if your fuel is wett, or if there's moisture in the air.
The cure, wait for your mass to dry, and insulate your cleanouts.
Glenn Herbert wrote:So you have practically summer weather outside (22C = 72 F +-), and are just burning to dry the room by warming it. Your description of the environment sounds like the exterior humidity is fairly high, which adds to the condensation issue. With those temperatures, it would probably be tricky to get good draft for a hot fire; how strongly does the fire burn? If you are condensing on the inner surfaces of the barrel, you would seem to have a very feeble fire that is not producing much heat, and the strong woodsmoke smell also indicates an inefficient burn. How much visible smoke comes out of the chimney?
F Styles wrote:Make sure if you have an elbow or a TEE at the up point make sure it tilts a bit down away from the house and put a drain vent/hole at the lowest part of the tilt to drain the condensation.
F Styles wrote:I would like to ask are your exhaust ducts pointing down, up, or level as they go out to the up stack?
F Styles wrote:a level stack with low center point will be the worst scenario.
F Styles wrote:make sure inside ducts have mass around them.
F Styles wrote:do not cool the mass or pipe down too much with a water tank
F Styles wrote: make sure you put a little piece of insulation in the clean out duct lid and the condensation should stop there for the most part.
allen lumley wrote: While I totally do not understand the leaks and tracks at the top of the barrel ( how did you seal this location? )
allen lumley wrote: I am sure that most of your problem is related to drying out your Cob ! Even 3 weeks is not too long top dry out your Cob depending on the way you made it !
allen lumley wrote:In a perfect world Your cob should act as an incredible sponge when the outside air is high humidity absorbing water vapor into its core
allen lumley wrote:and when then Outside vapor is low physically pumping Water Vapor into the Atmosphere, and increasing the latent heat of evaporation - This works out to be More Free Heat on the coldest days !
allen lumley wrote: For theGood of the Crafts ! Big AL