Before I go any further, I have read Bill Pentz's website.
This has not so much to do with how to build a cyclone or which cyclone to
buy, but with the operation of the cyclone.
A few years ago I had a local sheet metal fabricate a cyclone for me and I
powered it with the blower and motor from the large HF dust collector, set
off to one side and above the cyclone. For quite awhile things were good.
Now I am having a problem with clogging.
Today, I was planing out a couple of ash boards and noticed a bit of debris
coming back out the infeed slot (always a clue the cyclone is plugged). I
checked the chip bucket and it was about 3/4 full. I knocked some more out
of the cyclone and dumped the bucket (33 gallon metal trash can). I then
put the can back under the cyclone and proceeded to get another can full out
of the cyclone (long stick and poke and prod)
Does anyone know why I am getting the clog? The only reason I can think of
is humidity, of which we have a lot here in central Alabama.
When the cyclone is clear, it works like a champ and the dust bucket,
located in an outhouse (it really looks like a miniature outhouse, half moon
and all) just gets some dust. When it plugs, the dust bucket starts to fill
up with chips - not surprisingly.