Staci Kopcha

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Western Washington State
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David Huang wrote:
Regarding the annual clean out of built up ash I just made a post on my blog documenting the various things I tried as I'm working to learn what will be the best way for me to do this, as well as showing pictures of how much build up I had and where it was located in the system.  It might be of interest to some here.

 Thanks for the input, David! Will look at your blog post.
Enjoy the warm sun- we have rainy grey in PNW Washington.
3 months ago
I am being smoked out!
Went to light RMH as usual and flames are coming out the feed...?? We're talking 1-2 feet straight out above feed hole.
Shoved them back into the tunnel and now smoke is bilowing out??

Is it "cold start"... hasn't been used in a few days?
3 months ago
 For Linseed coat, so I use boiled Linseed from Hardware with nasty stuff added??
3 months ago

Satamax Antone wrote:Hi Staci.

Is your cleanout under a chimney which was in use before?

Because i find your ashes a bit dark.  

 Hi Satamax,
    I will look into the other type -ash separator.  Maybe I could fix this one up to work with another vacuum...?  I should have a year to figure it out.

It was a brand new chimney.  Should ashes be lighter?  There are also flakes of black- it that early creosote build up??
If ash is too dark, would that mean incomplete burn?  Trying to learn for this year.
3 months ago

Gerry Parent wrote:You could say it 'brownifies' everything. It is a hardening oil so it gives a solidness to the surface which takes quite a bit of abuse. It also makes the surface water resistant.
A little info on other types of oils: Drying oils

Hi Gerry,
 Thanks for the info.  I did try it after it cooled- nothing.  I am hoping it will have made a miraculous recovery overnight. :)
I think I will proceed with Linseed.  After the stink of fermented manure, I can probably withstand a bit of flaxseed smell.
Do you just paint it on?

 Also, do I use "hardware store" oil with other crap in it, or  food grade, raw, boiled, ???

3 months ago
I did my first big cleanout today.
Under the chimney (I used a telescoping pipe up to the ceiling box) had the most ash...?
I measured about 2" deep.  Is that normal??  Other cleanouts, including manifold and under the barrel had less.
Also, The ash can completely died after 5 minutes of use.  I think the filter clogged and the motor overheated.  I did not turn off soon enough.
Is that normal??
3 months ago
Good Morning!
I got the Ash can as Satomax suggested- Offer up for $20. Also got a 6" round wire chimney brush.
Going to give it a clean today and fire up maybe tomorrow.

Erica Wisener suggested in one of her builds, rubbing glycerine soap over the cob as protection.  I did a test swatch and then started some more this morning.  Kind of slow going.
Anyone used this soap method??
  Would Linseed be a better option?

3 months ago

Satamax Antone wrote:Stacy, get yourself an ash bucket like this

Hi Satamax-
 Is this a DIY contraption? I can try to look it up if it is. Thanks!
4 months ago
 Letting the thing dry and then will burnish with soap.  If I need to do a lime- wash, it will happen next year.

QUESTION:  Nearing the time to fire it up- it has been about 4 months and I want to get it prepared.  What do I do to cleanout?? I do not have a shop vac.  It is my understanding that they get clogged by ash.
  I have a removable lid, so will take a look at the tower and manifold area.  I also have an endoscope-like camera attachment to my phone to take a look inside the pipes.
 Do need to start searching Offer Up for a shop vac?
4 months ago