Mientras lamo mis heridas luego del tropezón que tuve con la conversión a gas del generador eléctrico, y cobro coraje para tratar de hacer las modificaciones que me han sugerido varios amigos virtuales, tuve que hacerme tiempo para otras tareas. Una de ellas se derivó de la construcción del chulengo. El caso fue que el chulengo hizo inútil la voluminosa y deteriorada parrilla que yo usaba antes, y consecuentemente la hicimos demoler. Pero yo también usaba la parrilla para quemar de vez en cuando hojas, papeles, cartones y otra basura. Mi idea es que de esa manera disminuyo el uso de bolsas de polietileno, y como de todas maneras es altamente probable que esa basura sea finalmente incinerada, o peor, vaya a contribuir a contaminar las napas de agua.


While I lick my wounds after the trip I had with the conversion to gas electrical generator, and collect courage to try to make the changes suggested several virtual friends, I had to make time for other tasks. One of these was derived from chulengo construction. The case was that chulengo made useless the bulky and damaged grill that I used before, and consequently it was demolished. But I also used the grill to burn occasionally leaves, paper, cardboard and other trash. My idea is thus decreased the use of polyethylene bags, and as in any case it is highly likely that this trash be finally incinerated, or worse, will contribute to contaminate ground water.

Step 1: Conseguir Un Tacho Apropiado (get Appropriate Drum)

Casi estaba por comprar un tambor de 200 litros vacío, como el que usé para el chulengo, cuando vi que cerca de mi casa había unos lindos tambores de chapa que habían contenido carburo de calcio. Compré uno a solo 20 pesos (menos de 3 U$S).


Almost had to buy a 200 liter empty drum, like I used for chulengo, when I saw near my house they had some nice metal drums that had contained calcium carbide. I bought one just 20 pesos (less than 3 U $ S).

Step 2: Quitarle El Fondo (take Off the Bottom)

Con un cortafierro pequeño y filoso (hecho hace dos años con la pista externa de un rulemán), en un ratito le quité el fondo. Aproveché para desabollar un poco el tambor, simple detalle cosmético.


With a small, sharp chisel (made two years ago with the outer race of a ball bearing), in a little while I removed the bottom. I took to undent a little the drum, simple cosmetic detail.

Step 3: Cortar Tres Patas (cut Three Legs)

Tres patas son mejores que cuatro, porque evitan la posibilidad de que el aparato quede enclenque. Busqué entre las muchas porquerías que recojo de la calle y hallé un viejo y oxidado perfil en U de chapa de mediano grosor. Me alcanzó para cortarlo en tres trozos iguales.


Three legs are better than four, because they avoid the possibility that the apparatus remains sickly. Search among the many junk I pick up from the streets and found an old rusty U-shaped metal profile of medium thickness. It was enough to cut it into three equal pieces.

Step 4: Embutir Y Soldar Las Patas (mortise and Welding Legs)

Aplasté un extremo de cada pata, y al tambor lo puse boca arriba y le hice en el costado, cerca de la boca, un tajo con la amoladora, en el cual embutí la primera pata. La apreté contra el borde reforzado del tambor con la pinza perro y le di unos puntos de soldadura. No fue fácil porque la chapa delgada se agujerea con mucha facilidad al intentar soldarla. No usé remaches porque los de aluminio no iban a soportar el calor, y los de hierro dan un poco más de trabajo. Consideré usar tornillos, pero llegué a la conclusión de que no valía la pena. De todos modos las patas no tendrán que soportar mucho esfuerzo.

Repetí el procedimiento para las otras dos patas, cuidando de que queden todas del mismo largo, dentro de la precisión habitual con que trabajo, de una millonésima de milímetro.


I crushed one end of each leg, and put the drum on his bottom and made him in the side, near the mouth, a cut with the grinder, where the first leg flush mount. I pressed the bead against the drum with the dog clamp and gave some spot welds. It was not easy because the thin plate is bored very easily when trying to weld. I did not use aluminum rivets because they would not stand the heat, and iron rivets give a little more work. Consider using screws, but I concluded that it was not worth it. Anyway legs will not have to take much effort.

I repeated the process for the other two legs, making sure that they are all the same length, within the usual precision with which I work, a millionth of a millimeter.

Step 5: La Rejilla (the Grid)

Encontré un viejo trozo de rejilla de hierro, ligeramente más chico que el diámetro del tacho. Le redondeé las puntas, previo marcar con tiza el círculo para que entre dentro del tacho. La rejilla apoya sobre la parte interna de la boca del tacho, que ahora va abajo.


I found an old piece of iron grille, slightly smaller than the diameter of the drum. I rounded off tips, prior chalk circle to it could enter into the drum. The grid supports on the inside of the mouth of the drum, which now goes down.

Step 6: Estrenando (releasing)

Luego de quedarme un rato extasiado admirando mi obra, traje alguna basura combustible que ya había empezado a juntarse, y cuando bajó el sol la tiré adentro del tacho y le prendí fuego. Éxito total. NASA, estoy disponible.

Supongo que cuidándolo un poquito, este tacho tiene que durar cuatro o cinco años, suficiente por el poco trabajo que me llevó.

La chapa es delgada, así que seguramente se va a agujerear pronto, pero hasta que quede inutilizado del todo, va a pasar un buen rato.


After stay awhile admiring my work in ecstasy, I brought some waste that had already begun to gather, and when the sun went down I threw it in the drum and set it on fire. Success. NASA, I'm available.

I guess with a little caring, this trash burner has to last four or five years, enough for the little work that I took.

The veneer is thin, so surely soon it will be bored, but until it is completely useless, it will have a good time.
<p>S&iacute;, el acetileno que produce el carburo de calcio es explosivo. Yo extraje todo lo que quedaba en el tacho. Gracias por la advertencia.</p>
I'm a huge fan of the smaller American barrel for a fire barrel. Your barrel is AWESOME! The lip at the top would retain more heat I'm thinking. Great post :)
Gran trabajo!<br> <br> Como dijo un &quot;turco&quot; BBB (bueno, bonito y barato).<br> <br> <br> <br> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br> <br> <br> Great Job!<br> <br> <br> As a &quot;turkish&quot; said BBB ( good, nice and cheap).<br> <br> <br> P.D. for English readers. Last sentence in our region is like a joke
Gracias, bicobo. Un abrazo.
Brilliant as usual, that is an interesting shape of barrel, never seen one like that before, very handy shape for inserting the grill. I use an old 45 gallon steel barrel as a burner have had years and years of use from it, it will surprise you how long it will last even when the side are glowing red hot. Try and find a quite long piece of scrap steel tube or re-bar to have as a poker for when you do your burns, it helps allot when you have a large amount of stuff to burn and you get ash build up that is starving the fire of air.
Another useful tip regarding this, when it does start to get rusty the barrel will tend to get flaky, when this happens you will need to knock any large flakes of the outside before you start the burn as rain get in behind the rust and when that boils flakes start whizzing of at high speed and they are hot and can get in the eyes etc, i usually give my barrel a few smacks with the poker to knock of any loose stuff, the rust flakes can be swept up and sprinkled around any iron loving plants like Rhododendrons, some vegetables also like iron rich soil.
Dr Qui, I am thinking that that drum is stainless steel. I am at 1000 Km from my house, in a holydays trip. But I am almost sure. When I be again at home, I will investigate it.
Como mola xD
C&oacute;mo quema, querr&aacute;s decir. ;) <br> <br>Gracias por el comentario.
Nicely done.
Thanks WWC. These little works are rewarding.

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