If you have a rocket mass heater you may eventually need to clean it out. A scoop would be a wonderful tool to have. Let's make one!
Here's a video of making one with some forging and metal shaping. This is much fancier than needed for this BB!
Here's making the scoop part from sheet metal and bending:
Here's a guy making a scoop by welding:
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements is to make an ash scoop for a RMH or other fire application:
- steel, iron, aluminum or copper
- must be designed to clean ash from the burn tunnel and lift it out the woodfeed (may take multiple scoopings)
- needs small edges on three of the sides to help lift ash out
To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
- A picture of your scoop partially assembled
- A picture of the finished scoop
For what it's worth I'll share a photo of a scoop I made for my RMH that might help some regarding a scoop form that would work better for a J-tube than a traditional ash scoop. If I did it again, which I probably should do sometime to document it for the PEP badge, I would probably make it a little bit longer. This one is still a bit of a stretch to get all the way to the back of the tube. I didn't want to make it too long though or it would be challenging to feed down into the tube. That was my thought anyway.
That's a beautiful scoop David! I edited the BB to allow for copper as a material since we aren't dealing with much heat with this particular fireplace tool. Have you formed/bent copper sheet into a curve? If you're going to make another one, that could be a fun way to make it differently. Copper gets really soft if you heat it up and quench it in ice water. It also changes to some neat colors.
Thanks Mike. Brass and bronze should also work fine in this instance too.
It's kinda fun being in a community who doesn't know what I normally do. Basically the bulk of my days are spent as a copper smith, mostly forming sheet metal into bowls that can get pretty complex. So, yeah, I've formed/bent it into curves. ;) I made this scoop really quick and sloppy compared to my normal work. I didn't know just what form it needed to be to get down into, and then deep back in my 6" RMH. So I did something quick I could bend around a bit to find the needed curves that would work. If I do another it will probably be fancier, and I'll be sure to share. In fact I'd probably make a tutorial documenting it.