Jeffrey Sullivan

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since Nov 20, 2016
Michigan
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I wish I'd had these numbers before I built my 8' x 30' greenhouse. LOL It's always been too narrow.
8 months ago
Do you think I will need the baffle since it's a rocket stove? Also does the riser need to be in the center of the barrel?
1 year ago
The water line is open into a tank so pressure won't build up. I'll probably raise it into the barrel. There will be a cylindrical riser 6" I.D. x 8" O.D. with perlite mix insulation. The box has a sealed door with directed air input. Nothing is written in stone. Just looking for better options. Will the secondary burners be needed since there's a riser?
1 year ago
BTW the box shown is the interior fire brick.
1 year ago
I am modifying an old heavy steel fireplace insert and would like some advise. I've added secondary air, water lines and baffle at the top of the fire box. Inside the barrel is a 6" riser. My plan is to come out the back of the barrel at the bottom and go down to a mass along the ground. Will it work? Do I need the secondary burn area at the top of the box since I'm doing the riser? Would the water line be better in the box or the drum?
1 year ago
I have a similar setup in my basement for winter growing. I used an IBC bottom 24" deep, placed a 1" styrofoam hinged top on it and a 2'x4' grow bed mainly to filter the water. Initially I intended to use it as  a backup just in case something happened to my main tank in the greenhouse and I wouldn't loose all my fish. Now I just grow lettuce and do different experiments. Your grow box with the net cups may not work because the fish will eat the roots.
1 year ago
I think I found all my answers in this video  

Good info for anyone building or modifying a stove.
1 year ago
Frank Li thanks for your reply. The articles were helpful but the fresh air tip was something I hadn't thought of. This stove is heavy steel about 450 lbs without firebricks. The whole top is flat so I intend to stack stone on top. Should be able to pick up granite pieces at a counter top supplier. I've been using brick pavers on my current stove but it loads from the top and is a pain to set up each time. The position of the smoke shelf is the first thing I'm going to work on in my new stove. The original shelf only covers less than half of the top and is at a pretty steep angle. I intend on making it larger and decreasing the angle unless that will cause problems. Any thoughts on that?
1 year ago
I have a 23D x 26.5W x21.5H fireplace insert that I'm modifying for my greenhouse. I'm going to add secondary burn tubes and water circulating tubes for hot water. I'm going to line all sides with fire brick leaving the top uncovered to allow heat to soak into mass on top. My questions are (1) should the baffle in the top be flat or slanted (2) should the opening to the stack be in the front or back (3) should the water line be above or below the baffle (4) is there a minimum/maximum opening for the baffle to the stack?
1 year ago