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42 43 WoodBurner saFetY distance, flue pipes and plates The burner must be a safe distance from both tarp and groundsheet. Either fold the groundsheet back leaving a bare patch or use something like a paving slab as a base. A large metal plate with a lip is ideal for catching the embers that can fall out when opening your burner door. Make sure the tarp is roped well away from the back of the burner and remember to check occasionally to see how hot its getting back there. Its also worth a check around the outside of your bender after a windy night to make sure any ropes over the top havent been dislodged, coming to rest on your flue. The place where the flue exits the tarp is critical, a bodge job with wads of chicken wire will need constant attention as well as letting in the elements. Instead, a flue plate made from thin soft metal plate can easily be constructed with a few tools, or you could draw a plan and see what your local blacksmith or small engineering firm would charge. The plate should have a hole to fit your flue pipe in the centre and drilled holes around the edge so it can be bolted to another identical plate or screwed through the tarp into strips of baton wood. The section of tarp on the inside of the screws or bolts can then be removed. The flue pipe can go vertically through the roof, or with angle sections of flexiflue, out through the side wall, where it may need a post or stake to be wired to for stability. A stout stick and a bit of copper wire can prevent your flue pipe creaking around on a windy night. Notice too this benders useful porch see page 26.
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