Staci Kopcha

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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.  https://theartisthomestead.com/being-a-chimney-sweep-with-a-rocket-mass-heater/


 Thanks for the input, David! Will look at your blog post.
Enjoy the warm sun- we have rainy grey in PNW Washington.
Staci
3 months ago
HELP!!!
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
QUESTION:
 For Linseed coat, so I use boiled Linseed from Hardware with nasty stuff added??
Thanks.
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.
Thanks!!!
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, ???

Thanks!!
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??
Thanks.
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?

Thanks!!
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
Hi!
 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?
Thanks!!!
4 months ago