wander are lost
I'm with Steve Firth on this one. Whack about 20 holes with a pick axe
in the base, then stand it on bricks.
If you cut 1/3rd of the top and 1/3rd of the bottom off a steel drum,
then similarly whack in the holes they make a superb barbeque when set
on a suitable frame, using weld mesh as the grilling surface. I've
three done this way, and an angle iron frame to sit them on that
neatly gets lifted to where ever we are feeding using forks on the
back of the tractor. Last used a few weeks ago when we fed a couple of
hundred people over two days.
On Sep 20, 5:34 am, snipped-for-privacy@Onetel.net.uk.invalid (Windmill)
You cut or knock a largish hole in the middle of the base about 3 or 4
inches wide and stick a 3 x 3 down the middle of the barrel as you
load it. Load the driest leaves into the centre around the timber then
pack it down as you load it.
Remove the timber and put a fire lighter or some kindling in the base.
It will burn like a chimney fire when it warms up. Putting a lid on it
with a small pipe to extend the chimney a yard or so and it will flare
like a jet engine.
Once it is burning nicely you can load it with wet leaves and it will
keep going. Just pour them in around the sides so they feed into it
On Sep 22, 8:04 am, Thomas Prufer <prufer.pub...@mnet-
online.de.invalid> wrote:> (Never tried it myself, but a chap I know swears by old washing machine
IMHO, they're a good start but they need work and aren't perfect.
Their great advantage is that they're stainless, so they're allowed to
be visible and don't have to be hidden away all the time....
An incinerator needs draught and this ought to be natural draught, not
faffing about with a fan. So that means height. Barrels good, washing
machine dums too short. A washing machine also has holes in the side,
not in the base, so the draught is top air and largely robbing any
useful draught you might get, in favour of just being a convector
heater. The side holes are also on the small side, so there isn't
really enough air through them.
So for both barrels, your main air supply needs to be pickaxe holes in
the base, or at least the bottom of the sides below a mesh burn
platform. With a washing machine drum, this is enough for burning
with secondary air for a clean burn through the side walls. More
height wouldn't hurt though, so if you can get a second WM drum, cut
the base and stack that on top (twisted fence wire loops will hold
If you're lucky, the drum spider can be used as a support to raise
them off the ground. Mine's welded to a bit of old pipe and spiked in.
Natural gas is a sight easier to burn than wet biomass and most of us expect
to have fans in boilers. Fans provide turbulence, one of the 3Ts needed for
Have a look at air curtain burners, one way of burning tonnes of waste wood
fast, I have built several, including using a 45 gallon drum and an Earlex
vacuum with thyristor speed control.
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