Hey, everyone... post-burn report time. I'll kick it off.
Aside from rain on Thursday, it was a pretty good burn for burning stuff, and we burned stuff.
We started using a new fuel blend for lighting art; it seemed to work well, and it's about a third the price of tiki.
We tried using a sprayer for applying fuel (instead of the old "splash wildly"), and, while the little hand-held one we were using was a bit slow (and probably not good for use in enclosed spaces), it worked pretty well (I may be budgeting for a larger, tank-and-wand one in the fall.)
Everything burned well when started
No reported injuries or property damage
The power of magnets seems to prevent dumpster fires. More seriously, we haven't had dumpster fires since I started putting up the big yellow "no ash in dumpster" signs, and it may be coincidence (the last few burns have probably been too wet to burn), but it's also nobody climbing into a flaming dumpster on Monday afternoon, so we'll keep doing it and hope for the best.
Both Devin and I are covetously eyeing the weed burner used for starting some of Sunday's burns. One may be putting in an appearance at some future PDF.
Our new wood supplier seemed to work well. Kudos to Jill and the Deleware contingent for doing the searching and scouting.
Several artists (both art-grant and non-grant) seemed to have missed the do-not-burn list (with resulting unhappiness about the "well, that bit doesn't burn, and that bit doesn't burn, and that bit..."). I will be doing more outreach early in the cycle (hopefully right after art grants get announced) to try and prevent this in the future.
We need to include more "plan b" ignition plans, even if it's just a supply of sticks with rags or flares or..., and we need to set them up before burn time. I'll take ownership on not checking with the Saturday night folks well in advance for ignition details (and getting caught flat-footed when the, admittedly clever, plan didn't work out.)
We had a lot of fly ash, including stuff blowing into the front field (I suspect there were some unhappy campers, but nobody has complained to me as of yet)
The Ugly: Dang kids (luckily, the extingishers they decided to use as supersoakers were the pressurized water ones, not the chemical ones - had Lizard not been able to refill on site, we might not have been burning Sunday night). I'm sure Martie will make sure volunteers know to put names of owners are on collars (or parents on wristbands, or whatever) going forward, so I'm assuming this is effectively resolved. (N.b. I am not positive it was the feral children a number of other camps were reporting problems with, but even the really sparkly ponies usually leave the extinguishers alone.)
Gold Star to RumRunner for cleaning up after the mailbox.
I need to check with lamplighters on how the new fuel in lamps worked out (it should burn a bit brighter and cleaner than the tiki, and unlike tiki, it is not a "summer seasonal" item that starts getting hard to find in early October)... Didn't hear any complaints
Fuel use: I did not do a fuel inventory on the way out. The jug for lamps was pretty well kicked, one of the blend jugs (the yellow one?) was pretty low, there's some left in another jug (blue) but it's getting old (progressively more diesel-like). A bunch of the fuel burned this round was unbudgeted leftovers from Fall, so the "actuals" for fuel on the fuel budget line should not be used for projecting future fuel cost.
Wood: Budgeted 12 cords at $185/per, got 12 cords at ~$166/cord; $2,220 budgeted, $2000 spent (org directly invoiced)
McLeod Tool: Budgeted $55, spent $44.18
Fuel: Budgeted $120, spent $14.05 (and I believe Devin has receipts for about $40 of tiki)
Devin has receipts, and probably other notes, so there's another part to the burning art report.