First charcoal on the new kiln

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First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Frank_Cox » July 9th, 2011, 12:58 pm

Finally got the time to try out the new kiln. The boy and I are cuttin up some oak and hickory for the lump and to use for fuel. After we get some cut up then we'll start the burn.

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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Frank_Cox » July 9th, 2011, 2:50 pm

Got the wood chunks cut and in the barrel, started the fire. Let's see what happens :)

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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Frank_Cox » July 9th, 2011, 2:53 pm

Put the lid on the inner barrel leaving it a tad open and put the lid on the outside barrel leaving it a little open for exhaust.

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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Frank_Cox » July 9th, 2011, 2:56 pm

She's burnin :)

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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Frank_Cox » July 9th, 2011, 6:42 pm

It's been a little over 4 hours and there is still alot of moisture coming out of the inner drum as you can see on my channel locks. I already have a few ideas for improvements to the way it is built. Lump looks like it is coming along nicely. Only 6- 10 hours to go LOL 8-)

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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Frank_Cox » July 9th, 2011, 9:29 pm

Ok I just now shut the lid on the inner drum. There is still some moisture coming out of the lid but it is less than before. The first stage ran about 7 hours. I think I didn't have the inner drum lid open enough for at least half that time causing the moisture to not escape as fast as it should have. Now the inner barrel should start degassing so we'll hafta see how that goes.

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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by MattS » July 9th, 2011, 10:44 pm

I guess I missed something. What is this kiln for? Are you just using it to dry out chunks for smokin?


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Post by Frank_Cox » July 9th, 2011, 11:34 pm

makin my own lump charcoal :mrgreen:


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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Frank_Cox » July 9th, 2011, 11:43 pm

ok, this is takin a lot longer than i thought....
it just now in the last hour started the degassing process :shock: it's perty cool to watch. the holes in the bottom of the drum have flames jetting out of them straight down. if i can post a vid of it i will later tonight. it may be a link to youtube tho.


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Post by Frank_Cox » July 10th, 2011, 11:45 am

Well I went down to the charcoal kiln this morning to check out how well I did and it looks perty good to me. I took a couple pics of royal oak the pile of small pieces on the left and mine on the right. It feels about the same density as the royal oak and is a little less brittle than royal oak. I think the next time I make some I will use drier wood tho. This log had been laying out drying for almost a year now but I think if I would have cut it up say 6 months ago it would have taking less time to make the lump. I will be makin a frankilnator version2 soon tho 8-)

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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Frank_Cox » July 10th, 2011, 12:24 pm

here's the video i took last night of the degassing process in action. I didn't say anything at the beginning of the vid, but watch the front of the barrel and you will see a flame in the center that is shooting down and then disappears after a few seconds. that is the flames i'm talking about.


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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Tom_Heath » July 10th, 2011, 2:40 pm

OMG I can't help it......if its hot then you better move it a little bit....LMAO

Thats a pretty cool vid frank, so how does the lump look today?


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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Frank_Cox » July 10th, 2011, 2:47 pm

I posted pics above :)
Looks great! In the pics above it shows some royal oak next to one lump of mine.

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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by MattS » July 10th, 2011, 6:49 pm

looks like lump to me. When is the real test?


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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Frank_Cox » July 10th, 2011, 8:06 pm

Gonna try to cook on it Tuesday night. On the UDS maybe.... :mrgreen:

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Post by gcarrell » August 10th, 2011, 9:23 pm

I will take a bag to test on labor day



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Post by Frank_Cox » August 10th, 2011, 9:38 pm

I can hook ya up brother! :mrgreen:


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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by smc51 » September 24th, 2011, 10:55 am

that is interesting Frank!
I had no Idea how lump charcoal was created. OH, by the way.......I have an oak tree that needs to come down, wanna bring up the hardware to make me some Lump? LOL

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Re: First charcoal on the new kiln

Post by Frank_Cox » September 25th, 2011, 2:38 pm

LOL! I prolly need to make some plans and a vid of how to build one :mrgreen:

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