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Jeff Wesolowski

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Peter van den Berg wrote:Hi Jeff,
Looks nice, I'll give you that. The top of the firebox is restricted/lined with firebricks but the sides of the firebox are still steel as I see it. Lining this also with firebrick, full or split ones, would help a lot in burning temperatures and through that, cleaner burning. I fully expect insulating the riser as well would raise efficiency again, gaining more heat out of the same fuel.
All that done, you would be able to add a second barrel to extract more heat. And burn the paint off, no doubt, I sincerely do hope you have doors in front and rear of your garage to vent the muck outside.

My original 6" development model started with one 55 gallon barrel and ended with three of those, while the first one already impressed me no end.




Thanks  Peter, the sides are firebrick, the metal is just a brace holding the firebrick in place.  As far as insulating the  riser, once the riser reaches a certain temp, won't it just stay there?  I would think that insulation would just allow it to reach temp sooner, correct?
10 months ago

thomas rubino wrote:Hi Jeff ;
Neat little rocket stove you built.   I see one major problem.  Your barrel is still painted!!!  When that heats up, it is going to give off vast amounts of noxious smoke, really nasty stuff!!! I know its in a shop but still...

If that barrel is not getting  hot enough to burn off the paint then your not reaching rocket temps.

Its still a neat stove and if its doing the job of heating your area then it will do. Considering its  mid winter any working stove is better than none.



Do you have any suggestions on removing the paint?  Sander, grinder, paint remover?  Top of barrel is 550 degrees so far,  don't know how much hotter it will get with that much surface area.

10 months ago
How well is your building insulated?  
10 months ago
Just finished my batch box rocket heater.  It is not a mass heater though, just designed to heat up garage.  Used a mama bear fisher stove, easier for our skill level and has the advantage of a well made box with a nice door.  Batch box is kinda short, only 15 inches deep and 12 inches wide and 12 inches tall. Port size is 2.5 inches wide and 9 inches tall.  Riser dimensions is 6 inches by 6 inches and is square and is 50 inches tall.  Used  six inch exhaust and it worked out just fine.  No secondary intake, not sure I'm going to add one. Didn't insulate riser either.  Fire brick for riser was standard, non insulated.  
10 months ago
I'm in my fifth or six year of beekeeping and have never treated.  A beehive in it's natural state has a debris floor to the best of my knowledge.  I don't think it's natural not to have one cause one of the ways bees control mites is to groom them off and where would they fall? A debris pile of course.  And what type of floors do most standard hives have? Solid bottom board, does this make sense? Doesn't to me and that's why I use freeman trays, I.E., screen bottom boards with oil tray.  This method and natural selection has worked for me, now I just need to raise queens from my best hives.
1 year ago
If you harvest early remember you need to shock it. I don't how you dry your wheat but if it molds it causes all kinds health problems consumed.  I harvested amaranth last year and dried it in my attic but ended up with less than a gallon when I was done.
I've had SB for at least ten years and I've not had a problem with them spreading.  I mow with a mower and that seems to a good job of keeping them in check.  
1 year ago
I'm in the same camp with the greenhouse folks.  I have between 4-7 birds over winter and they have there four by six portable coop on a wagon and a 8 by 16 a frame greenhouse.  I give them their water and feed in the greenhouse so they have no choice but to go in there.  I usually throw a couple of bales of straw, leaves and other stuff.  There sure are happy in there and scratch  like the dickens in there and have plenty of room.  I don't notice any ammonia build up in the winter. I can't image having birds without a greenhouse in the winter months.
2 years ago
HI Jocelyn,

My wife thought it would be best if we did a trip together and we are going someplace that week.  Would like to come in Sept if I can get the time off work, thanks jeff
2 years ago
I have the first week of august off and wanting to come out  as a gapper of course and was making sure that it would be ok before I get a plane ticket.  The 100 bucks seems more than reasonable.  I would like to make some kumbucha, beef jerky, fermented chicken feed and other stuff when I come out.  Would be camping, ie tent or hammock.  Wouldn't mind a phone call from an ant if possible.
2 years ago