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I have given up on bell siphons in my system. They wirk very well in a new system, but when the grow media starts filling up with waste, flow to the strainer becomes irregular. This then prevents the siphon from breaking keeping the water very low in the grow bed. I changed to a stand pipe with a small hole in the side at the bottom and a timer. Fifteen minutes on and thirty off does the trick for me. My timer is mechanical with 15 min interval cams.
Have you considered to install a sleeve unside the firebox to try and get a secondary combustion cycle going.If you find a steel pipe that will fit inside with a small gap between the drums and the pipe and you weld it closed at the top and bottom. You would probably need a double skin baffle with small holes at the tip on the inside and some holes on the outside at the bottom you might just accomplish secondary combustion.The air in the gap would heat up and if it gets hot enough, it will combust the smoke as well and would become much more wood efficient.
You could always convert the boot into a little kitchen and replace the fuel tank with a water tank with the water imlet where the fuel inlet used to be. Great built
I showed my wife and she went through the whole thing as well, she was pretty impressed with it.
You are gifted beyond measure.Hats off for just making that eye.
Clay can be problematic. It expands when wet and shrinks when dry and the expansion never seem to be in the same direction as the shrinking happened. Especially not with a load on top.It still looks overkill, but you know your soil action best, better safe than sorry
You forgot about the Ziplock omelette
I stopped making them because the bags we get is South Africa started tearing during the cooking process and a soggy omelette just isn't nice.The first couple of times I made them the bags lasted fine, but then it started ripping.
Tool walls are awesome, one of the best ways to know where your tooks are and i am definitely going to use some of your ideas to extend the capacity of mine. The big problem i experience with tool walls is that my tools expand and before i know it the wall is too full.
Now we just need eamonwalshdiy to modify his or build a new one ;)A glass window in the door with an air was system can be a nice feature as well, but it might be to small for glass not to crack. Air washing a window in a stove is very important otherwise the glass smoke up.
I would suggest that you make the firebox double skin all the way to the top with large openings to the outside at the bottom for a secondary air inlet and small openings in the inside at the top for secondary air outlet.This way if the air inside the double skin can get hot enough you will get secondary combustion of the carbon monoxide (smoke) at the small outlets. This way you would need less wood to get the same heat.Nearly all modern day wood stoves use secondary combustion. Better for the environment and better for your wood pile.Still as it is it is still a nice idea.
You can also attach the half cylinder to the fire box cylinder with a piece of you chimney pipe and the add an ash drawer in the half cylinder base with a grid to support your wood inside the fire box. Ease of cleaning ash is always a bonus.
The panels would probably only get about 6 hours of sun exposure per day.
Very nice rack but I have a better deal than you, I live is Southw Africa in the winelands area. No need to store wine lol. We have wine and the famous braai