Sunday, July 30, 2006

Carbonization Chamber

Originally I was titling this "The Burn Barrel" but after reading a few forums about 55 gallon drums used as burn barrels I decided to be more politically correct and designated this the 'Carbonization Chamber'. One of the many problems faced in a disaster of this sort, especially in a forested area is the large amount of down trees and branches. The government for the first 90 days or so would pick up and haul off this burnable debris as long as you could get it to the road right of way. One man and over 2 acres of fallen trees could not do that chore in 90 days, Paul Bunyan excepted. Not having Paul Bunyan's abilities, at a slow and steady pace, along with the other chores you read about in this blog, I cut and moved about half an acre in 9 months, Now as I no longer have the governments help with disposal I rely on the venerable 'Carbonization Chamber'. Much maligned by certain types, this ingenious devise gets red hot and transfers the largest log into ash in a very short time span. Keeping the heat contained is a much safer operation than any open burning. Care must be taken not to touch the devise with any exposed skin or clothing. At the current rate I hope to have the remaining debris carbonized in 2 years.