slash burner in O scale

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by sam, Feb 1, 2003.

  1. sam

    sam New Member

    Hi All,

    Can anyone provide info or plans on scratchbuilding a slash burner. I am currently building my first scractchbuilt project- a sawmill.

    Thanks for the help in advance.:)
  2. Vic

    Vic Active Member

  3. sam

    sam New Member


    Thanks for the picture and your effort. The real problem is to determine the size, shape, and construction methods so it does not look totally out of scale. I really do not have the slightest idea of how to start this structure. If it gets to be a big problem. I can do as I have seen in pictures of small sawmills where they essentially build a wall and burn the excess materials.

    Thanks again.;)
  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Sam, Perhaps you could e-mail them or call and ask how tall the model is. Then you could go by the proportions shown in the photo. Of course, you could just buy it for $382 :eek: :eek: :eek: Not me, that's out of my league!
  5. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Sam, The Sydam Co. once had a sawmill kit in HO that included a slash burner. It was nothing more than a piece of tinplate that had been rolled into a cone and topped with a piece of screen mesh.

    I'm sorta thinking that this might be one of those projects that one would just build to look right along with the rest of the scene rather than trying to get it to scale.

    I was just thinking that you could get a sheet of poster paper and make up some mock ups of different sizes until you "hit" on a size that looked right in relatioship to the rest of the scene. Then you could "refine" that to include details and etc. Maybe corrogated siding for the walls, an access door at ground level for cleanout and pipes leading from the saw and planer cyclones to blow the slash into the burner.

    Just some thoughts.:)
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Vic, I think those were called wigwams, because they looked like Indian Modular Housing (IMH, also called teepees). That's what I recall from something I read somewhere sometime, but I could be wrong.

    I would think such a structure would be built ad-hock and might be dependant upon materials at hand, the size of the operation, and the builder. So I would guess there is a realistic tolerance of +/- 50% or more... So I back your vote to just do what looks good.
  7. Steam Donkey

    Steam Donkey Member

    Burner Book

    Hi Sam,

    I just found out about this about an hour ago (what timing, eh?). A paperback book titled "Woodburners" written by Daniel Mihalyo is published by Princeton, apparently has everything you ever wanted to know about wigwams, teepees, slash burners, bee hive burners, sawdust burners (did I miss any?) :D I think I'll look for this book myself!

  8. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

  9. Steam Donkey

    Steam Donkey Member

    NICE PICS, JON!!!!!! I'm gonna need more space for my eight story hi-rise teepee! Might have to make the trees taller than the burner too.....back to the drawing board!:D

  10. sam

    sam New Member

    Thanks to everyone for the input and help, but I think I got lucky.
    I live near Denver and Caboose hobbies(which I frequent) has a diorama in O scale of a sawmill and slash burner hidden in a corner of the store. Within the next couple of weeks I will go and examine it and try to get some info which I would be glad to share if anyone is interested.:D :D :D
  11. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Please get pictures of every angle...and post them.:)

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