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Old 03-22-2018, 04:35 PM
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Hi Guys.. This is more of an information seeking..

Like 5-8 years ago, One of you fine SFTer's sent me a link to a Dual 55gal charcoal making unit which used and over and under setup with gasification piping from the bottom barrel to the top and the top to the bottom..

The way it worked is you would start a small fire under the bottom unit and once the wood starting releasing gas you could light the pipe which was under the upper barrel..

this in turn started the gas from the pipe under the lower barrel..

Once it was all done there would be no more flame and the whole thing would just go out.

I'm sorry but for the life of me I can't find it now. thanks guys..
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Old 03-22-2018, 04:47 PM
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That was most likely SmokinDodge . . . he's the resident expert.

Here's a post where we talked about it:

https://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums...t=46302&page=2
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Old 03-22-2018, 06:48 PM
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Thanks.. No thats not the thread..

It's one of those things where I forget about it then it sneaks back into the brain mass..
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This thread, maybe post 18 ?

https://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums...ad.php?t=35630
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Jen, if I recall, it was a barrel within a barrel. You put wood into the small barrel, and put the lid on it. The lid has a small 3/16 nailhole in it. Then light a fire in the big barrel and put the small barrel on top of the fire upside down, with the hole pointing into the fire.

Once the heat starts gassifying the wood in the little barrel, the gas comes out in a jet and continues the heating.
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Gwiz, close.. Best info so far..

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Jen, if I recall, it was a barrel within a barrel. You put wood into the small barrel, and put the lid on it. The lid has a small 3/16 nailhole in it. Then light a fire in the big barrel and put the small barrel on top of the fire upside down, with the hole pointing into the fire.

Once the heat starts gassifying the wood in the little barrel, the gas comes out in a jet and continues the heating.
Sadly Gerry, No it was a barrel on top of a barrel.. I could have sworn it was somebody on here that sent me the link to check out.

Back then I wasn't to interested in forging so just stuffed it into a folder.. I've been through 3 computers and so many reboots and reinstalls..

I've attached a drawing of what I remember.. No legs or stand.
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Old 03-22-2018, 07:44 PM
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Gwiz, close.. Best info so far..



Sadly Gerry, No it was a barrel on top of a barrel.. I could have sworn it was somebody on here that sent me the link to check out.

Back then I wasn't to interested in forging so just stuffed it into a folder.. I've been through 3 computers and so many reboots and reinstalls..

I've attached a drawing of what I remember.. No legs or stand.
Cardboard Assisted Design. never seen that one befor, but if I was doing it, I would have direct contact of flames with the upper barrel. Takes a pile of heat to make gas, I believe.
I found this one, is that it?

Or this one. Seems as close as I can come to the CAD picture
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Cardboard Assisted Design. never seen that one befor, but if I was doing it, I would have direct contact of flames with the upper barrel. Takes a pile of heat to make gas, I believe.
I found this one, is that it?

Or this one. Seems as close as I can come to the CAD picture
Gerry, I think that might be the winner. for some reason I remember then one on top of the other but that was years ago..

From what I read you basically start a fire around the barrels (again they were stacked) then the nozzles would take over from there..

This getting old thing is for the birds..
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Old 03-22-2018, 08:33 PM
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Gerry, I think that might be the winner. for some reason I remember then one on top of the other but that was years ago..

From what I read you basically start a fire around the barrels (again they were stacked) then the nozzles would take over from there..

This getting old thing is for the birds..
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Jen I’ve seen what your talking about and although it will work it’s not too efficient. I cannot recall where it was I saw it......

I’m made several large batches by loading a 55 gal drum full of fuel, a fuel oil tank that I cut in half and placing the loaded drum upside down in the tank. Build a good fire in the ring around the barrel and let burn out. The ashes collected at the bottom will choke the air out from feeding the fire and the whole works will be ready to take apart 24 hours later. Usually yields 30 gallons of lump and a slight hang over. I have recently drug home a 300 gallon tank I want to use in a brush pile to make some lump. It’ll be a good time.

If I were to try to refine my process I’d go with the Hookway retort. It’s a rocket stove in an insulated barrel. Seems to work well and is waaaaay more fuel efficient than my mess. I have plenty of wood so there’s not much need to change right now.

https://hookwayretort.co.uk
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