Batch Rocket KILN / CHARCOAL RETORT COMBO. looking for ideas Jan 30, 2021 17:41:30 GMT -8
Post by burnclean on Jan 30, 2021 17:41:30 GMT -8
Hey guys, I'm not active on here, but I love what everyone is doing, their best to heat, cook, and live with cleaner burning methods, sustainable natural fuels, and so on.
This is Alex in Chapel Hill, NC for a few of the guys who know me. We've built a batch rocket with Joseph and Caleb, and (2) Matt Walker style continental cooking stoves, one built with Joseph and Caleb's help and the other was built by my friend Hari. Honestly I only helped as a resource, and labor element to any of the projects, looking on fondly with glee, because I just love rocket stoves. I like to build them too. I'm just lucky to have had help!
I'm looking for ideas, links, threads, new concepts etc, because I really want to build a rocket stove fired kiln. I want it to be "family homstead sized" where a given family can quickly, decissively dry all the fire wood they need for 2-3 years , they can also dry firewood/slab/ and even food items, for storage, commercial use, or what have you.
Said Kiln, should be the size of a small room say 10'x10'x10' (3x3x3 meters). This room would be suitable for drying firewood rapidly, it could or ought to also be able to fire ceramic. Perhaps there a smaller kiln connected to the same system so you can "switch it over" to fire small batches of ceramic, and in the large room, dry firewood/slabs, etc.
What would make this even better would be a built in retort that is producing some charcoal with every firing. Around here, we love us the heck out of charcoal and resultant biochar. We love what it can do for the soil, the microbes, the plants and in the end the earth and all of us. Carbon folks, its just good stuff (when its in the right place!).
We have a lot of fire brick, and indeed I want to make most of this kiln from firebrick, but I will use steel and other refractory materials as needed. I also wouldnt mind utilizing cob or somethng for any part of this, but I do want it to be long lasting and for that reason may likely have this under roof.
I'm willing to cut up a shipping container if I had to. Sometimes I think we can hook up a big batch rocket to a shipping container and dry a hell of a lot of wood. I think its possible. Can anyone help point me in the right direction?
The largest scale I would do is probably a 20' shipping container.
But a 10'x10'x10' room or metal/steel tank , cut the top off, hinge it and gasket it, turn it sideways, load wet firewood, close it, light the batch rocket attached to the back and use the "bell" as the kiln? Or need there be a "bell" within a "bell"?
Thanks folks you all are brilliant and I'm all ears. I think you know what I'm after and I want to benefit the world and be sustainable and resilient at the same time. I think you all want the same, have a nice weekend.