no one answered my question about door/access point making. except for the barrel top seal advice. i know it will not be efficient. its not made to be, i just wanted to have something extra to do on the farm. and i figured making one or two bricks a day i wouldn't hurt myself. so i wouldnt even call it small scale brick making. its just using what i have to make something else happen. i dont want to make a whole kilm, i will never have that many bricks to do at once. i like the idea about stacking them on top of the cob bench to dry but i had already planed to do that as well as other outside drying stages in the barn. i do feel that the temps are possible above the heat riser, i will just need a thermal mass, insulation, and forced air to keep it from stalling. and i figured because the whole oven has a lot of thermal mas that that the temperatures it creates would be fairly constant and would slowly lower back down to room temp like in a kiln. does anyone know how much humidity is in the exhaust? alot of people wet the bricks during the drying process to keep the outside wet and the inside slowly drying. but the humidity at different temps throughout the exhaust would make a difference and difficult.
I want help with access points... dont tell me its not possible... nothing is done/bought yet.. so if you cant help, dont. we put people on the moon for no reason.
how hot is the exhaust at certain points? and has anybody ever took humidity readings in the exhaust? what kind of access point do you use for your ask pits? and no one answered my questions about leaks and their effect on the system.