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Korean wood pile

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Adios Pantalones, May 11, 2012.

  1. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    A friend and teacher of mine went to Korea for a pottery thing. Here's one wood pile for firing one of those giant kilns. I guess the guy (Cheon Han Bong- a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Treasure) has more than one pile like this, and spared no expense on the shed too. Hand made pottery is big bizz in Asia- this guy gets ~$5k for a single tea bowl.

    Notice that it's 15-20' tall, and apparently freestanding. Dudes knew what they were doing stacking this. I imagine that he loses a couple assistants a year in crushing deaths.

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  2. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    That might be more than Dennis and Zap have, put together.

    Wonder where the trees are?
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  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Wholy shnikey. They look to be split small and long. Maybe that helps with stability??
  4. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    It probably does. I stack 40" long flay pieces and can stack high. Thin like that is best for kiln use as well- it 'splodes at high temps
  5. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    When ya gotta make high temps, surface area is king.
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    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    i like the fire extinguisher at the lower left part of the opening. "just in case".
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    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Yep, that'll help a lot in case of fire. :rolleyes:
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    I wonder how that structure stay up...Looks like the wood is pressed against the exterior wall.
  9. Jags

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    With the free standing edge showing that it can stand alone, that would tell me that the edge along the wall is doing it for the most part, as well. Probably very little outward pressure on the wall.
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    Eatonpcat Minister of Fire

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    Looking at the structure, the pile has to be free standing, I just find it hard to believe that is possible to stack that precisely , But seeing is believing!
  11. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    No matter how good you think you are at something- there's someone in some part of Asia that only does that as their life's work and does it better. Stacking wood is a mission for some dude there.
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  12. BrotherBart

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    Go to Switzerland sometime. I swear they must be required to take at least one course in firewood stacking in high school.
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  13. ScotO

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    BrotherBart, I love looking at some of those Swiss wood piles. Amazing, some of them are the size of houses. Matter of fact, look up cordwood house sometime, hmmmmm.....I'm getting another idea here...:rolleyes:

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