Well, now the heat is off with HWMBO, I've stuck up the tipi as a smoking venue (nothing new there then ), sourced a huuuuuge bagful of punky wood and smoked myself silly this afternoon!
Firstly I tacked 4 hides in a circle on their long sides with garden twine through the lacings from the initial prep/ brain tan. The fifth hide made a top and they were tied into the apex to the tipi, which I'd set up with chimney collars closed to maximise that good ole smoke.
That punk is funny stuff, it took at least an hour to get the calor stove up to temperature but once there, it's smouldered beautifully. I had the long chimney in first to light it-
When the stove was to temperature, I changed to a shorter chimney which puthered the smoke into the bell shaped hides- I'd not made a canvas collar for the chimney as I was worried about not having visiuals inside and I had enough punk to keep the burn going for a good 6-7hrs in a very smokey confined place The smoulder was brilliant, it only flared into flames when the door was opened for feeding, perfect
So heres the shorter pipe puffing away gently... I'm at least as smoky as the hides so am off to dowse myself!