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Old March 9th, 2014, 07:46 AM
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Here are some pics of my new forced air fire grate. It might just turn into a molten blob. All pipe is sch 40 sprinkler pipe. The manifold at the back is 4" which I saddle cut and welded to make the T. The 8 grate pipes have air holes drilled in them. The pipes can be replaced quickly if they do burn out. I am using a blower with a speed control on the manifold to provide the air.





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That looks like a good idea. Like you said though it might burn out quick. But with the air going through might last longer. Good job looks neatly done.
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As an old Steam Electrical Generating Plant Boiler Operator - I'm Impressed. A question though - If wood is your choice of fuel - how do you deal with the ash?
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Old March 9th, 2014, 01:19 PM
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The ash falls between the pipes to the fire brick surface below. I have a clean out to pull the ash out. I hope there is enough flow to keep the ash from settling in the holes. If the ash does build up I can pull the whole assembly back and remove the cap on each pipe to clean it out.

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The pipes look to be spaced quite close together. With a bit of luck, or perhaps with some help from you and some ceramic blanket, ash will plug the gaps between the pipes, preserving them. Let that happen. Remove excess ashes with a flat shovel or wide hoe. Let the ashes between the pipes. I think you'll be fine.
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I push a lot of air under mine and there is not much ash to worry about
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Just to clarify, the pipes are about 4" above the firebrick below this is where the ash will be removed from. There is a 1/2" gap between the pipes. The air is pushed out holes in the pipe itself. I think everyone got that, but just in case.

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I will test boil, was referring to the start of the season..........
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Gerrrr,
Yes, I got that, that you panned to have ash drop thru for easy removal. I was suggesting that it would be more advantageous to have a layer of ash on the pipes, to insulate and preserve your pipe grates. It's a good bet that your blower will be able to blow air up thru several inches of ash. The grates will last longer if they are not exposed to the intense heat of the forge we create.
But, go with your best instinct......
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