Thanks a ton Bob, it is so, so nice to hear from folks who get it. That's it exactly, burn the wood completely, no smoke. Use the heat to cook, to warm the space with the barrel, and any extra gets routed to the bench to warm the humans even more. I really appreciate your kind words man, it means a lot to me when folks get it, since I'm often working on this stuff in a vacuum here. If you ever decide to move forward with building one hit me up, I'm happy to help any way I can.
Cooking on a crazy contraption...