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38 39 WoodBurners gas bottles and other ideas Woodburners come in all shapes and forms from a small home made gas bottle burner carefully drilled, hacksawed and bolted, to a state of the art shopbought affair. You can even visit a local blacksmith and have one made to specifications. If attempting a gas bottle burner it should be filled with water and boiled out to avoid unnecessary explosions. Apart from that all burners follow the same basic principles. The draw of the unit is the most important aspect. As well as a large enough door to load logs, the burner should have another opening either on or below the door. This opening regulates the air flow or draw and should be able to close to nothing to allow your oak log to stay in overnight, as well as being able to open wide enough to allow the fire to roar and the kettle to boil. The burner should also have some form of metal plate or baffle to obstruct the flow of hot air from fire to flue pipe. Although not a necessity, some form of grate can be used to allow air beneath the fire as well, providing maximum draw. If you havent got one a few prods with a poker may suffice. Gaps around the edges of doors or air inlets may increase your draw but they will prevent a log staying in overnight. With a good airtight burner you should be able to open it up in the morning, pop a bit of kindling onto the embers and hop back into bed for ten minutes, while the kettle boils and the morning chill recedes. Lightweight burners can be made from gas bottles or even fire extinguishers but a heavier iron burner will keep you warmer for longer, and is more likely to stay in overnight.
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