Re: Firewood Processing
I love that stove Kevin !...bet it heats up the shop very nicely..
I made an outdoor brush burner years ago ,I used a 275 gallon oil tank ,left it intact,just cut out a large 2x2 foot door out of one end,hinged the cut out piece back onto the tank,and added angle iron around the door opening and on the door to prevent warpage,the air intake I put near the bottom,and I found an old kitchen stove range hood in the dump that fit the air intake perfect..
--I used 1/4" hardware cloth screen on the air intake so hot coals couldn't escape,only used the forced draft when I was burning green pine branches or other smokey materials (tires burned nearly smoke free in it with the forced draft,but got the tank red hot!-but stunk so bad I didn't make a habit of burning those in it )--we tried that at the junkyard,where we used it often outside in frigid weather ..it was mounted on a crude trailer so it was portable..
I used it many years to burn all the downed branches,leaves and other yard stuff..
One day I decided to try hooking it to my garage's chimney and use it to heat the garage..
It got the quonset up to 90+ degrees in less than an hour,but it would consume a whole tree every day,I tried putting old brake rotors and other cast iron scrap in the bottom of the fire pit in hopes it would throw heat longer after the fire died down--it did,but it took quite a bit of wood to get all that iron hot..
I found out drain oil would burn cleanly in it when I tried a drip feed ,using a 1/4" copper tubing coiled up that emptied into a hole drilled in the rear of the tank near the stove pipe--I hung old chains on a hook in that location and the oil would hit the chain and go "whoof",and get them red hot..I only tried that as an experiment,I didn't want neighbors complaining about odors ,but you could barely smell it outside..it took a long time to get the thing going though,and too much wood,so I went back to using the 55 gallon drum stove instead..
Eventually the outdoor brush burner got overheated so many times it warped badly,and one day one of the tires on the trailer got too hot and started on fire and popped..
I decided it was time to retire it..part of it was used to make a plow for a friends tractor,another guy wanted part of it to use as a "dunk tank" to test tires for leaks at his shop...