You do not have to use pipe 6" or 8" A tunnel of any size can be built using soft red brick. Just smooth the inside with clay for easy flow of the hot air.
Now this makes it much easier. I have a need to recycle as much of the renovation/ build materials as I can, as I have no real way to dispose of it easily. So two walls full of soft red bricks and even more of the clay being used up is a bonus.
Neat clay or should it have a portion of sand?
My guess for this to work is that the clay would have to be smeared as the tunnel was being built (arm up the hole) or you would get a flat topped tunnel?
Is it as safe reference gasses leaking as a metal pipe would be?
Would you 'mortar' with clay between the bricks or lay them dry?
Thanks everyone so far for answering.