@Shufei In these times, it's good to have a bit of levity

(Speaking of... my adventures in lightening the wood stove continues)


@Shufei Mostly tinkering with the fire grate to bring down that gigantic hunk of steel to under 50 metric tons

It's the final iteration since the last time we had a chat about wood stoves

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@cypnk Haha, they do get heavy, don’t they? My next stove will definitely be a titanium affair with a glass pane.

@cypnk That vertical baffle isn’t going to be a pain to keep well drafted? How do you start it without smoke going everywhere?

What programme did you use to make these designs? It looks nice.

@Shufei The baffle turned out to be simpler than I thought. The trick is to start with a very small fire with the side vents open, which creates a horizontal vortex. It draws the smoke up very nicely. That's another reason I needed to make the grate shorter and smaller. Helps with vortex generation

I used OpenSCAD, which does the rendering via a scripting language instead of mouse clicks. I followed these tutorials to get started: en.wikibooks.org/wiki/OpenSCAD

@cypnk Ohhh... Oh! Yes, I see it now. Wow, that is an interesting effect, a rolling horizontal fire vortex. I’m surprised it starts off like that. When will you build it, do you reckon?

@Shufei Oh gosh, so many things happened this year. I was hoping to get it built and fired by first snowfall, but it doesn't seem likely in 2020. Maybe by late next year, if I'm able to save again

@cypnk Indeed, this is a year we all must just... bumble along as best we can. Whether next or in ten, I hope to keep following your efforts.

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