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Old 07-29-2009, 08:13 AM
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I picked up a used bathroom extractor fan at a garage sale a while ago. With the 6ft aluminum extension tube, it works great for getting reluctant (read damp) wood to get going well. With the door strategically placed, I can get a swirl of hot air moving around the dome, drying out the damp stuff in no time. Its only 7fm so not a blast furnace effect.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:32 PM
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I bought this little gadget on ebay for my husband for a father's day present:



I tried using it when I started up my fire to make pizza last Friday, and it worked brilliantly! Much better than I expected for a plastic $6 gadget.
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:22 AM
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I use the small plastic balloon inflator that came with a set of balloons for my grandchildren. it's easy to direct the air and help a starting fire, get a blaze going when it has died down, and get the last bit of ash off the front of the hearth. No big tanks, no compressors, not even a big bellows--but it works!
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:45 PM
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I'll probably pick up a bellows once I get my oven completed. It also makes for a nice decorative prop to accessorize the oven.

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Old 05-05-2010, 03:55 PM
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the best way to get the last bits off ash of the floor is to just bounce the peel up and down on the oven floor a few times

all the ash becomes airbourne and goes out the chimney...
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:07 AM
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I made a bellows a while back. They are terrific for getting things started up; not much effort, with good results.
Also good for showing off a little bit -- get things pumped up and then toss a big chunk in to get the rolling flame over the dome for pizza -- it will quite impressively burst into flame for you even if damp.

Also good for when guests don't come over at the appointed time and you need to hurry the dome up to white.

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Old 06-03-2010, 08:22 AM
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I've been using a long metal tube to blow on the coals, but have terror flashes while doing it...what If I take a breath without removing my mouth?
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:55 AM
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"old electric leaf blower collecting dust in my shed"

It's amazing how much fun you can have with a leaf blower!
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