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Dead Beaver Ranch
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18 13 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The smoke will ignite inside the pipe once the moisture has been driven off. At it's peak you will have flames shooting out the top but that is only for a small portion of the burn. Looking forward to your results.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20 13 8:50 pm    Post subject: works great Reply with quote

I've made 3 batches now. It works GREAT. I'll be honest, I wish I had come up with the idea. The trick is to know when to stop adding fuel and put the lid on. I need to drill those larger holes. Actually, I was thinking about making an orifice in the pipe to make a carburetor.

So far I've just made pecan charcoal.

Sadly, I've got plenty of wood source here due to the drought. I need to check up on some elm to see if it will make decent charcoal. It looks a lot like live oak but sheds leaves in winter and it is not drought tolerant at all so there is lots of it.
The leaf is smooth on top but rough on the back side. Elm may not even be the proper name although locals call it that.

Now I need to get my other chain saw going.

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PostPosted: Thu May 15 14 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been contemplating (and experimenting) making charcoal for years. Indirect charcoal is the best for high quality cooking/fuel charcoal. The best I have done so far is a 1.5 gallon popcorn tin tossed in a bonfire. I used unfinished hickory floor scraps and it turned out great. The lid of the tin tried to blow off the first time around. The second time I drilled a few small holes in the bottom. It sounded like a rocket.

T̶h̶e̶ ̶m̶o̶s̶t̶ ̶c̶o̶m̶m̶o̶n̶ ̶(̶e̶f̶f̶i̶c̶i̶e̶n̶t̶)̶ ̶d̶e̶s̶i̶g̶n̶ ̶I̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶s̶e̶e̶n̶ ̶s̶o̶ ̶f̶a̶r̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶3̶0̶ ̶g̶a̶l̶l̶o̶n̶ ̶d̶r̶u̶m̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶5̶5̶ ̶g̶a̶l̶l̶o̶n̶ ̶d̶r̶u̶m̶ ̶d̶e̶s̶i̶g̶n̶.̶
I recently ran across this guy and his design is basically a portable version of what I have come up with.

This:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBYaP5K0AkE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6AfHjUIYv0








The goal in making indirect charcoal is to heat the chunks of wood in a low oxygen invironment so that you are left with nearly pure carbon. The nice thing about the design above is that it is made from cheap and easy to find materials. The problem I see with these designs is that there are several key areas that they could be made more efficient. The off gassing of the charcoal has a lot of energy in it. running a pipe down from the top of the charcoal container to the bottom will allow this gas to be burned and aid in the making of the charcoal.

[img]http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh128/jestridge/DSCN9542.jpg?t=1302229026[/img]

I also think that much of the burn is happening in the upper part of the barrel and even the stove pipe. Skip to the 4 minute mark to see what I mean:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s3yevC9cB8[/youtube]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s3yevC9cB8

So this is what I have come up with so far. Please critique.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DdopPsEDuDg/U3KGJ1cXODI/AAAAAAAAX4s/qUO2SSLNpD8/w748-h633-no/Charcoal+Retort.jpg

I have a propane tank in there for 2 reasons. 1 the steel is a good amount thicker than a 30 gallon barrel so it should last a bit longer. Also propane tanks are easier to find around here than 30 gallon barrels.

I will probably go pick up a 55 Gallon drum this week and do something similar to picture #3 just to get this thing rolling. Provided that that is successful I will start collecting the other things I will need to do the rocket stove style retort.
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Dead Beaver Ranch
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PostPosted: Mon May 19 14 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like what you have going on here. Since I posted this I have moved into the city so I am looking to make a scaled down version. Not necessarily smaller just a little more discreet. Let me know how your design works with the brick base. I've been thinking about doing something like this if yours works I may end up copying it. -DBR
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27 14 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to thank all the contributors to this post. Found this a couple months ago. I made my first batch of charcoal this week. it turned out excellent. Managed to P/O at least one neighbor. Can't wait for the second burn. I'll post pictures when I figure it out, I'm not really a forum guy.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27 14 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good. Post the photos or it didn't happen. Very Happy
-DBR
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28 14 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, it happened my friend, it happened. The only differences were I made my own lid and flue, and my stack was 5' tall. Thanks again, couldn't have done it without you all.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28 14 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perfect setup and the results show it. That's a good batch of charcoal.
-DBR
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01 14 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please make pictures no longer than 650px on the longest side!

Please read PMPNLT650pxOTLS!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01 14 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry, he made me do it! Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20 14 3:23 am    Post subject: Homemade lump thank you Reply with quote

Ok guys did my first burn with 30 gallon inside a 55 upside down and it came out excellent THANKS FOR ALL THE TIPS Will be making more.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14 14 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't seem to get a full burn. I am set up exactly as the original poster. The only difference is 13 holes in the 55. I sure my wood is dry. Any ideas?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15 14 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, I got a question for you guys making your own charcoal. Charcoal burns pretty cleanly and to get some smoke for smoking meat, you have to add some wood chunks or splits. Is there a way to create a retort that is semi-processed so that you can get the benefits of charcoal but can also get some smoke for cooking?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20 14 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An incomplete burn will leave you with some smoking wood. I'm going to pick up another 55gal drum to fix my retort this week. I've been cutting down trees like a maniac this summer, so I'll be ready (hopefully) to re-start my lump-making adventure this winter.
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