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Been working with one of these today.
Granted, it looks larger in the photo, but look at the percolator on the top. That is your run of the mill chinese stamped steel percolator that holds about 10 cups of coffee. Not real big.
The trick to this thing is placing a grate in the bottom of it. The first run I tried, no grate, fought tooth and nail to get a good bed of coals in it. Later, I found an old rusty BBQ grill face and cut it up enough to put in and retry.
Fried up some turnip and chives for dinner on top of it. This little thing rocked out pretty good. Heck, its still out there ticking away and I dampened it back. I figure here in a bit, I am going to load it up, nearly close the dampers and see how long it will hold heat. I really do not expect it to hold all night, there is just not enough thermal mass there. But if it can hold for a few hours, Awesome.
Next project will be fitting a pipe into the RV somehow to vent it out I can create a simple controlled draft to feed air to it without smothering myself in the confined space of a 20X8 floor plan. Key point is making the outlet in such a way that I do not melt down my insulation or catch the bloody thing on fire. And yes, I am considering using flexible exhaust pipe and running out one of my windows and sealing it up in some way.
With the cold of winter coming on, I am far more interested in getting this up and running, than moto-cycles or human powered generators. Voodoo and myself are not yet acclimated to the northern climes. Day time is not too bad, when we can get moving, but those nights get that little furball ashiver’n and beggin’ dad to let him in bed. Wouldn’t mind so much if he didn’t take up as much space as two people and likes to hog the covers.
Looking forward to being able to warm up the house without using propane; that gets expensive, fast.