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Old March 22nd, 2014, 10:09 PM
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I've wanted to build one for a while and took the week off to spend time at home with kids that are on spring break (one actually helped). That's my 17 year old son welding in the floor.

Here's where I'm at so far...
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 10:20 PM
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I'm not sure I'll be able to swing a blower for AOF but I wanted to make sure it was ready when the time comes so I built the manifold for it but didn't install the nozzles or an inlet for the air. I did make the arch ramp adjustable so I can mess with different heights and slopes to see what works best. I'm hoping to have the chimney finished up tomorrow and some of the insulating done and plan to be fire bricking early next week with any luck. My brother-in-law made the door - hand cut the maple leaf with a torch to add a little artistic touch.
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Wonderful , wont be long now and you'll be boiling. Goodluck . Mike
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I'm not sure I'll be able to swing a blower for AOF but I wanted to make sure it was ready when the time comes so I built the manifold for it but didn't install the nozzles or an inlet for the air. I did make the arch ramp adjustable so I can mess with different heights and slopes to see what works best. I'm hoping to have the chimney finished up tomorrow and some of the insulating done and plan to be fire bricking early next week with any luck. My brother-in-law made the door - hand cut the maple leaf with a torch to add a little artistic touch.
Looking good. The adjustable ramp sounds interesting, gears turning!
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I stacked up the fire brick tonight to fit everything so it would be ready to mortar together when I put it outside for the season.
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That's a very nice build. I'm also interested in hearing how the adjustable arch works. You may have just invented the next big thing in pro-level evaporators.

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It works great - I had one support bracket let loose that held the front of the grate up and the face warps some when it's really hot but straightens out when it cools off. I'm using less wood than with my old arch and I'm cooking twice as fast. Still a lot of tweaking to do, but I'm pretty stoked at how well it works so far. We did use the adjustable ramp - lifted it up over an inch on the chimney end and about 1/2" on the firebox end. I'm boiling off between 30-40 gallons/hour.
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I basically made the adjustable ramp like you would make a drawer. Part of the purpose was so I could remove and install the AOF manifold when (and if) I ever get around to setting it up. The other benefit is that I can run closer to my flat pans that I have now but can lower it if I ever end up with a drop flue pan.
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