Jay Angler wrote:
It would be really helpful though if you somehow post the picture with parts labelled? I'm not even sure where you are putting the wood in for example. There's a lot of "stuff" in the picture and I think most isn't part of your set-up, but I'm not sure. Some simple diagrams might help a lot.
Believe me - no apology necessary. When you are familiar with a task, it hard to know what will confuse someone who's only pathetic attempt at a supposedly idiot-proof rocket stove was some smoke and not fire! That's what is great about permies - I can ask people questions, and they fill in the pieces I missed. (Your comment that the larger diameter stack made it work more easily may be key!)
This implies that the ARS-C is top loading. I apologize if this was not explicit.
Don't worry about simply adding more on the subject as a new post. Personally, I've found that "metal" and "trying to make biochar" don't mix that well, because the high temperatures tend to put holes in the metal, so the fact you were using clay actually attracted me to your project. I've been considering the idea of making some sort of outdoors small rocket stove to experiment with out of clay, but we get so much rain in the winter, which is the only time we're allowed outdoor fire due to wildfire risks, that the concept hasn't moved further. If it could be used to make biochar, that would move it higher on my list for sure!
In my yet-to-be-approved edit, I suggest how you can make a single-piece metal version plus a lazy way to inoculate the biochar.
Jay Angler wrote:Personally, I've found that "metal" and "trying to make biochar" don't mix that well, because the high temperatures tend to put holes in the metal, so the fact you were using clay actually attracted me to your project.