Cindy Skillman wrote:I have zero experience with RMHs, but for 20+ years I’ve worked with clay, so maybe I can give you at least some ideas about things to try.
These are just ideas, and maybe you’re not into that much fussing around (and maybe they won’t work anyway) but that’s what I’d start with if I were looking to finish a baby dragon and make her lovely.
Mark Tudor wrote:The Hand Sculpted House has plenty of detail in cob construction pointers that could help.
You could perhaps get fire stove gasket to embed around the barrel where it meets the cob to create a thermal transition to prevent the cob from cracking.
David Huang wrote:
So based on this recent observation, and without the benefit of further study (hence why you should take this with a grain of salt) I'd suggest that perhaps you aren't getting the mix wet enough to allow the clay in it to be it's full sticky self making good bonds to all the other materials.
David Huang wrote:Here's one final image I took by putting my camera down into the burn chamber so I could see what was happening. This is as far in as I could reach on my 6 inch system to clean out ash. Next it would seem that I need to figure out some sort of clean out tool to make so I can get all the way back. Is there something readily available most other people use that I don't know about? Fortunately for me I'm a metalsmith by trade so designing and making something shouldn't be too difficult, but I'm wondering how others deal with this issue?