First of all,
Hello to All DOW-ers. Normaly I post only on two sites. “The Yahoo woodgas forum” and the German “holz gibt gas” forum.
After reading a DOW post from Jonathan I felled I must react on some on his, in my opinion, untrue conclusions. I tried to register in on DOW to answer Jonathan directly. For some reasons the registration took a very long time and impulsive and emotional man I am, I reacted elswhere beeing sure the message would finaly reach JT.
Now, as some time has passed I feel My reaction was maybe a bit too impulsive and too emotional, and in case If I hurt anybody’s feelings I apologise.
But to put things straith,
Unfortunatly you did not opened your first negative post with the sentance. “I Tried to build a DriZzleR based hybryd” but my drizzler copy will not flare. It smokes, has tar problems…etc…etc.
If you had written so, I or Pascal or some of the other DriZzleR builders would had reacted with an offer to help you out, because it was obvious, for all DriZzleR builders, that You did something very wrong or you did not understood the concept. Seeing your poor design did not properly worked, you blamed the DriZzleR itself (not the hybrid) and wrote very affirmative.
The drizzler is a design that will work but it needs a couple of changes to make it work really well. I have tried this design twice with limited success. With the open top, you HAVE to use a dense fuel like pellets to establish a proper char bed or it takes FOREVER to get flammable gas. Secondly, with the open top below your eye level, if there is not suction being applied or at shutdown, this thing will smoke in your face and create a thick fog at ground level. This makes it hard to put any kind of roof over this thing. However, if you put a tall feed hopper on it, this would keep the smoke out of your face.
Therefor I made a demonstration video where it is clearly seen that non of this problems you mention are apearing in a well build Drizzler. Whatever systems you build you should never had called them “A DriZzleR”
For those who beleive only their own eyes, The video where I show; the DriZzleR flares very fast on woodchips, does not smoke, has no tar issues and can be safely come to an inmediate stop, can be found here
Indeed you also mentioned you build a second non working system and called that a “hybryd drizzler”. Again no succes. Sure, your hybrid also had nothing to do with a well build DriZzleR.
My last design was a drizzler type hybrid. Had a chimney on it to suck in air and to releave a puffback flash safely above your head level. The lid was a screw on 4 inch pipe cap and nipple. It produced flammable gas but there were tar issues and I also made the grate non replaceable or serviceable. The grate was thin sheetmetal.
I wonder If you had build a non working bad copy of a Wayne Keith and without asking any further information you would afirmative write in DOW. A WK design does not work, It can hardly flare…produces tar…is unsafe.etc…etc.
Maybe Mister Wayne is not so emotional as I am, but sure he or others would have wrote to you some words of correction.
Next time better refer to your builds as “Jonathan tries” If you do not get to work them properly, You will ruin nobody’s reputation but yours .
OK this said. Lets go onwards and forwards. There is still a lot of work to do.