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Old 02-07-2008, 07:55 PM   #11
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This German home brewer is doing it as well:



It should work nice for boiling, but step mashing is tricky, though possible with some practice.

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Old 02-07-2008, 07:56 PM   #12
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Would you have to add more wood like a door or would you not go through that much wood?

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Old 02-07-2008, 08:03 PM   #13
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Maybe just a stone pit with a metal cover as above to keep lots of heat in.

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You would definetely need some way to throttle or dampen the fire to control temperature. If you provide an air inlet below the fire as drawn, even without a fan you are going to get a tremendous breeze just from combustion causing the wood to burn harder. If your ash is going to drop away, you will lose some of the heat potential of the coal.

Still, it looks like it could be done, beer has been around much longer than propane or electricity.

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Old 02-07-2008, 08:28 PM   #15
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Sure this may be a way to use up some scrap wood or to save a little money from propane or whatever. But wouldn't it make your brew day just that much longer? You'd have to build the fire, maintain it, and then put it out...sounds like more work then necissary. Especially when turkey fryers are pretty cheap. Just my $0.02

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Don't even consider using a galvanized milk can as a burner..........It certainly won't hold up very long before the heat and acidity will rust it out.

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I think the concept is pretty cool. I would put a smoke stack on it to vent the smoke away from the wort. That way it isnt in your face every time you need to check the boil. I think you would only need the blower to get the wort to boil, once boild I believe natural convection would be plenty to maintain a good boil.

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I doubt if you'll need any kind of forced air. A 4" tube with a damper in it to regulate the air flow would probably be enough.

My mother's father made a water heater out of a couple milk cans when the milk company switched to tanks. Burned corn cobs in it. Boy did that stink! And going out on the second floor porch in the winter to fire it up. Great fun when you're 5-6 years old.

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Sure this may be a way to use up some scrap wood or to save a little money from propane or whatever. But wouldn't it make your brew day just that much longer? You'd have to build the fire, maintain it, and then put it out...sounds like more work then necissary. Especially when turkey fryers are pretty cheap. Just my $0.02
Yeah it would take longer and might be more work but I would enjoy being outside and playing with fire!
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+1 on playing with fire! I have been thinking of a wood stove or pot bellied stove and old pallets myself.

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