Kriss’s post bumped my email and brought me back for a quick vissit.
I have not been out to the list here since spring ( other obligations at the top of the list )
I did manage to enjoy some time by the fire and and tinker in the shop with a charcoal gasifier for low quality char ( that produces low quality gas, what a surprise ! )
If I keep my char dust and use this to cover my burning wood I can make decent char for a gasifier in this pit and still enjoy a nice evening with a low smoke fire.
When the evening is done I load the fire basket ( a wash machine drum ) completely with fuel and cover with a 45 gallon drum to seal out the oxygen.
What is not chared does make some nice torrified wood I can cut into blocks
Plenty more uses for the fire pit than I thought of before.
This simple drum in an inverted drum also lets me wash char for ash removal and then after sorting and screening I can add a third basket on the main basket and cover under the drum to reduce the moister content again.
Washing char seems to make a better quality fuel to.
I can coke dirty high ash waste and make a useful fuel from it as well as reduce the ash content.
This works out well.
The ash products have turned my firepit area very green compared the the rest of my unfertilized lawn.
This summer’s heat wave also made me think about the attic in my shop.
What a great place to store a little wet wood or damp char to drive off water.
Have a safe and happy summer.