So, i got a 55 gallon barrel and put a rocket stove together but I think I am having some issues or did something wrong. Anyway, I took 4"pipe and surrounded it by a 6" pipe and filed the space with vermiculite. I tested the flue before installing and worked life a charm. I cut the holes in the drum and resealed it with the original lid (this, making it easy to move until I decide where to put it). I have rough install of flue and exhaust. Exhaust is also 4"and I just put a 90 degree connection there. The 6" flue outer shell is maybe 1 to 1.5 inches shorter than the stack. The stack is roughly 2 inches from the top of the barrel.
Anyway, I get a good burn and good exhaust flow but I think I have 2 issues. 1) outside the top (50 to60 degree weather) gets hot enough to barely boil water in about 15 to 20 minutes. Take the lid off of the pot and it won't boil at all. 2) the exhaust fumes will either snuff out any flame that comes near it or the gasses in the exhaust will ignite to create a longer flame for a short time. So, i know the wood is being gassified but it doesn't seem to be burning completely in the barrel.
A few notes. I can get the flame and embers inside the 4" intake hot enough to get a drop forged wrench bright red with very little wood.
So, with that said, dies this all seem normal? When I extend the exhaust will it make a difference? I will be adding a burn chute which will be a 4" round have receiver so that the wood will stand straight up. I will surround that with a 6" receiver and insulate again.
So far I'm pretty happy with the outcome but some advice on this would be greatly appreciated