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easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« on: October 14, 2008, 10:33:41 PM »

 If anyone knows of a simple way to make a wood stove, I'd be curious. Something easy and cheap to make would be ideal

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2008, 10:40:51 AM »
Well I did find a kit for $79 to make a stove from a drum, the drum is not included, but I think I saw one on the internet for $20:

http://www.vogelzang.com/barrel_stoves.htm#BK100E

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2008, 11:10:55 AM »
That is pretty cool, I would just worry how long the drum would last before burning through.  They are cheap so it is not that big a deal but I would do inspections often.  Cast Iron is the conventional go to metal for most stoves.  Check out craigslist for used ones, my home in PA had two of them in a store room, I sold both for just over scrap value on the metal and just used the one in the rec room that was installed and working.
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2008, 12:24:09 AM »
Ammo Can Wood Stove

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Computer Case Wood Stove **link edited to reflect original source**

There's one made from a tool box but I can't seem to find the link now.  I have it saved at home, I'll update with a link when I get back to the house.
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2008, 12:39:58 AM »
To keep the barrel from Burning through fill the bottom with a couple inches of dirt. We do it with our elk hunting stove and its thinner than a barrel and has lasted 15 years.
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2008, 12:44:01 AM »
What are you going to use the stove in? Shop or house? Tent?

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2008, 01:03:43 AM »
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2008, 07:57:14 AM »
What are you going to use the stove in? Shop or house? Tent?

 I'm not sure, can a wood stove work well in a tent ? How portable are some wood stoves ? I wonder if I could use a wood stove in a tent at a seasonal camp ?

 Other than that, if I bought land someplace, maybe I'd use a wood stove in a tent or makeshift shelter until I was able to construct some sort of cabin. I like the idea of a cheap stove so it's less tempting for someone to steal, being able to cook on the top of it also seems appealing, since a barrel is not flat on top, that seems a little problematic.


well, this is interesting, so far I found this stove that weighs 45 pounds ..

http://www.alaskanstoves.com/WoodStoves.html


I like this one, they have one that weighs 20 pounds, that's awesome, the other one is bigger at 40 pounds:
http://www.deluxewalltents.com/stoves.htm


cabelas makes one that is 42 pounds and can have a water heater attached:


several models under 30 pounds:
http://www.walltentshop.com/Riley.html

unbelievable, wood stove here is 12.5 pounds and is 23"l x 10"w x 10'h

http://www.walltentshop.com/Kni-Co.html

a large folding stove that weigh 38 pounds
http://www.walltentshop.com/Tundra.html

If I was going to use one of these in my yurt, I might have to angle the stove pipe a bit, alot of these seem to go straight out the top of the stove. A couple list an elbow as an accessory. I've never used a wood stove before, I've seen them, my uncle had one in his house.

 I really like this idea, because last year I went on a 3 day camping trip around thanksgiving in the white mountains in NH and I wasn't really that warm because there was no plug in for my propane heater on my truck camper and I used portable propane heaters for heat where I camped in the national forest. If I had one of these wood stoves, I could probably set up my yurt and camp there in the winter even. I never even thought of that or realized a wood stove in a tent was something I could do, I guess mainly because I never realized they have lightweight portable ones, the ones I've seen in houses are huge and heavy. My camper could be set up to run the furnace of a 12 volt battery, but it was a pain in the neck and when I tried to set it up like they told me, the fuse blew. I like the idea of the wood stove alot.



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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2008, 03:45:31 PM »
When we set up Elk camp we stay in a tent for three weeks with a woodstove for heat. Stays very comfortable, The pictures of the stoves you have are all for tents. I think it would work great in a yurt, I am sure there are parts you can buy to make the correct angle on your stove pipe. I have even seen some set ups where they installed wood stoves in travel trailers.

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2008, 08:57:49 PM »
I just went over in cabelas while I am still up in maine, as my seasonal camp closes this weekend and I liked the idea of having a wood stove for the winter as I might want to try camping in the national forests in the mountains. Last year I went to the Carolinas in early April for vacation where it's warmer, but if I can get some good heat out of a stove, I might try a spring or winter vacation in New England. I bought the tundra wood stove as I called them and they had some of these stoves:



http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp;jsessionid=NVMUOPRBIMBNVLAQBBJCCONMCAEFGIWE?type=product&cmCat=Related_IPL_513918&id=0005876516014a&cmCat=netcon&cm_ven=netcon&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=N/A&cm_ite=netcon&_requestid=114666

http://www.walltentshop.com/Tundra.html

 It is made out of a 18 gauge cold rolled steel, it's box dimensions are 25" x 17" x 15", but it collapses down to 25 x 15 x 4.5 as the whole thing comes apart. It is supposed to be able to heat a tent that is 20 x 16. I went to home depot and got some metal parts to make 6 inch legs as I think it was too high for my yurt as the pipe has to go out the side and I thought it may have to sit lower in the tent.


 I have a tent that is about 12 x 12 on my site, it's actually a screen house with a giant tarp over it, they would not let me set up my yurt. about 6 feet section of the wall on this tent is open, so I set the stove up inside it and ran a 90 degree elbow out of the top of the stove, to a 2 foot arm leading outside the tent through that open wall area to another 90 degree elbow and then up another 2 foot section to a spark arrestor that I bought.

 The only thing is that I went out in the woods and cut down 3 small standing dead trees, a pine and a couple of others. It recently rained and the wood was a bit damp, the instructions say use dry season wood when possible, but it's putting out alot of smoke, maybe it's because of the wood I don't know. When I shut the door the flames go out mostly and smoke comes out the pipe, when I open the door the fire starts to burn more, but some smoke comes out the door. It does seem to put out alot of heat if I get it going good. I had it roaring for a minute, and the black paint on the pipe seemed to be smoking, so I shut the door and that seems to make it burn slower, but smoke also. I guess I should go buy some firewood tomorrow and try that, but it's kind of expensive where I saw some at this gas station. I had the idea that getting wood would be easy by just going out in the woods, but I may have to find someplace to cut wood or buy a quantity.


I've kind of gone a bit crazy on my budget this month, but I couldn't seem to help it.

 Do you think it's ok to cook on the top of the stove ? It doesn't say in the instruction that you can or can't. I am only concerned that maybe it might warp the metal or something with the heat and a pot of water on top of it ...
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2008, 10:22:01 PM »
I would think you can cook on it no problem. Does your stove have a damper? You shouldn't have to open the door to get air in it. As for wet wood I wouldn't worry at all about burning it in a tent. At Elk camp we cut green wood then stack it in the tent to dry it out. You might try that might help it dry. Make sure and throw a couple inches of dirt in the bottom of your stove. Does your tent have a floor, if not we scatter a thick layer of straw down. Just make sure you keep a good area around the stove straw free. Then when you come back from hunting and need to make a fire just throw a handful of straw in along with a little kindling and boom your in business.
When its been blizzard conditions we have lined the tent with refrigerator boxes as insulation and that really helps. Have fun with your new stove....

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2008, 10:38:40 PM »
The guy at cabelas told me to get a damper, but I haven't gotten one yet. I got some better wood down the street at a gas station and when I chopped it into small pieces it seemed to burn better than the other wood I had and kept burning with the door closed, but some of that other wood was still in there, mostly as coals. I didn't quite like all the smoke I had in the tent and that was with a big opening, I'd be concerned if the yurt had that problem as I'd have to open some doors to get the smoke out, though the yurt has 4 large doors, one I would have to cover with plywood and run the stove pipe out. There wasn't a huge amount of smoke, but if it was like that all the time it might get to me after awhile.

 It's all ind of new and I have been a bit timid thus far in building a big blaze, I want to get used to it a bit before I try that, but it puts out a decent amount of heat with even a small fire.

 Do you fall asleep with the stove burning full bore or with just coals ? I'm not sure how you'd put the fire out if you wanted to, you can't pour water on it like a regular fire. I guess I should care baking soda or something in case of an emergency where I have to try to put out a fire.


 My yurt doesn't have a floor unless I hook one in, I can use a tarp as part of a floor, but with the stove I'd just use bare ground around the stove area.

 Anyway, it is pretty cool, though a bit more smoke than I realized. I just read that these collapsible stoves arent airtight so you are going to get some smoke in the tent from them . I'd still probably use my camper as well, but I'd hang out a bit in the yurt with the stove going.

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2008, 01:00:24 AM »
   Yeah you definitely need a damper it will solve all your problems. Yep we load it to the max with wood right before we jump into bed, it can get into the minus double digits so we need a good fire going before bed. When anyone gets up in the night they are expected to add wood also, that way it's nice and toasty all night.
We have a fire extinguisher and a bucket of water(if it's not frozen) nearby for problems. Even with all the straw and wood and people smoking, knock on wood we've never caught anything on fire yet. As for being timid with the stove...DON'T BE....get a raging fire going in it to burn all the new paint and the other chemicals from it being new. Let it cook all that crap off for a good hour or so before going in the tent that stuff is not good to breath. Did you throw the dirt in the bottom yet? And also throw a sheet metal screw into all the connections on your stove pipe so you don't have it come apart.

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2008, 06:45:12 AM »
 Until I put the thing in the yurt, I'm not totally sure on the pipe setup, so I didn't want to put screws in until then. They guy at the fireplace shop where I bought them said to put 3 at each connection. I can't put one where it comes out of the stove I guess, there is an elbow at that juncture.

 I have to get some plywood, cut it to the right size for one of the yurt doors and somehow cut a circular 5 inch hole in the middle of it. I picture starting that with a hacksaw blade or something small after drilling a hole.

 The guy at cabelas told me the damper will just make the wood last longer. Does it matter where that goes ? closer or farther from the stove ? I don't think I have any drills with me until I head back home, so I couldn't do that yet.

 I did put some dirt in the bottom, I'm going to clean out the ashes and put new dirt in and give it a try with some of the wood I bought.

 Without the screws, damper and all, I'm not sure I'm ready for a really big fire. Right now the pipes are all just hanging in the air and when the stove gets hot, the pipes and stuff make funny noises.

 I'm not sure when I put it on the yurt how high or far away to have the end of the pipe from the yurt. If I have to make it higher than the top of the yurt, I may have to install another 2 foot section at least. I'm also not sure if all campgrounds would allow me to use a woodstove, I've never heard of any rules against it, but I've never seen people use them at campgrounds either. I don't see why it would be an issue, but I just thought of it.


I am supposed to possibly start a new job next week, but I haven't heard anything thus far. If it doesnt happen, I may head up into the mountains with the yurt and try out the stove there. The campground I've had my camper at all year is shutting down this weekend, and the place I have in mind has no electricity (and no internet either)  so I couldn't run the furnace in my truck camper. 


 Thanks for all your help and suggestions.
 
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2008, 08:05:29 AM »
I would be careful of the plywood coming in direct contact with the pipe, it might heat it up enough to burn it. We have a GP medium army tent we use and we had a guy add a piece of material with a metal gasket for our stove, I'm not sure of what the material is but it's made for stove useage. If you do use the plywood I would cut the hole a few inches bigger than the stove pipe and make a gasket out of tin to keep the pipe away from the wood. Our damper if I remember correctly is at the top of the first piece that hooks to the stove, either that or the bottom of the second piece. I would just make sure it's a few feet above the top of your stove. The damper is very important not only in helping the wood last longer, but between the damper and your air vents on the stove you will learn to fine tune it burning.
It's a real pain trying to line up three screws after eveytime of taking it apart and putting it back together, you end up drilling lots of new holes. So we always ended up just getting one screw in and calling it good. As far as it going above the tent, make sure you are at least a couple of sections away from the tent. The top of our stove pipe has a beat up spark arrestor cap that goes on top and that seems to work well.

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2008, 09:09:38 AM »

 The yurt web site recommends using insulated pipe, but it's really expensive. I'll go to the hardware store and ask what I can use to put around the pipe where it is near the plywood.  I thought of using 4 pieces of thin plywood so I can create a square between tham and not have to try to cut a hole. Maybe I should buy a 3 foot section of insulated pipe, but I think it is also a pain to connect it to non insulated pipe.

I think what I will do is get some good quality hardwood, and when I start the stove up, I'll use that. After it's been burning awhile, then I'll use wood I scrounged up.

 I doesn't seem as smoky as last night, I think my headlamp can see smoke particles at night, it does smell a bit like burning wood, but doesn't seem as bad as I had imagined, at least in the daytime I can't see the smoke.

 How do you put the stove out when you head out to go hiking, hunting or whatever ? I imagine maybe if I will only be an hour or so in the morning, I should make a smaller fire that won't last as long. I'm not accustomed to going off hiking and leaving a fire partially smoldering, but I don't see how I can get around that as I wouldn't put it out with water. Maybe I could gather up the coals with a metal dustpan and put them in the fire pit and douse them.

 I see I can make it burn really hot if I open the door a bit, but I have to experiment as the yurt has plastic PVC poles that could melt if it gets too hot.




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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2008, 09:04:14 PM »
What material is the Yurt made of ? Is it canvas? I would try and find if there is someone in the area that works on tents, they are hard to find. If you do find somebody who knows what they are doing they can sew a patch into it that you can safely put the pipe through. Our pipe is not insulated the stuff is way to expensive. In so far as trying to put it out, we would actually stoke it up before leaving on hunts even if it was for all day. That way when you get back you would still have some coals to get your fire going again. We would throw a little of that straw in, add a piece of firewood or two and a little squeeze of lighter fluid and voila instant fire.
I'm curious why you keep having to open the door to get air in it, doesn't it have air vents in the door?

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2008, 09:58:30 PM »

 There are air vents. It mostly burns ok, but if I open the door it seems to stoke it better.

 I went to the hardware store, they said a thimble is a thing that you run the pipe through and it should prevent the plywood from catching fire at that point, they didn't have a 5 inch one in stock, but it costs like $50. Either that or I could try to get an insulated pipe.

 The yurt is made of a tough plastic like material that is used in swimming pool construction I think. From the web site it says:

Shelter Systems' YurtDomes are made wholly of Shelter Systems' super strong, tear-proof, woven rip stop film which will not rot or mildew. The covering effectively excludes rain, dampness, wind, cold, leaves and other debris. The completely waterproof covering and the shingling's breathability make a rain fly unnecessary. The covering is manufactured in three layers which are heat bonded together. It is UV-stabilized to withstand up to 3 years of full sun exposure. The white color of the covering defuses the sun and provides 40% shade.


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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2008, 12:53:30 PM »

 I guess the next thing is to try to figure out where I could camp at a campground and use a wood stove. The rules for some campgrounds is that fires have to be in the fireplace, though a stove is self contained. You would think there would be some campground I could use a wood stove in a tent in new england, but when I called the ranger stations or asked people, many of them did not seem to know the answer to my question on that.

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2008, 02:08:27 AM »

 I guess the next thing is to try to figure out where I could camp at a campground and use a wood stove. The rules for some campgrounds is that fires have to be in the fireplace, though a stove is self contained. You would think there would be some campground I could use a wood stove in a tent in new england, but when I called the ranger stations or asked people, many of them did not seem to know the answer to my question on that.

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Go camping, use your stove.  If someone has a problem with it you'll find out about it pretty quick.
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2008, 09:29:15 PM »
I actually have a woodstove right now that is made from an old iron water tank. The walls of the tank about about an inch thick and it's durable as heck. It has 2 dampers installed and a flat surface on top for boiling water and/or cooking. It's a great little stove and it'll warm my small house up quick.
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2008, 03:09:27 PM »
The forest service actually called me and said a wood stove was ok after talking to several people who didn't know. I was starting to think it was going to be a problem.

Here's what I did to create a wall. A woman at a fireplace told me the thimble they had was like $100+, and told me she thought there was all kinds of problems
with fire proofing and so on. Then I went over to Loews and bought some cheap 1/4 inch plywood, some clamps, and a wire mesh that was not fine at all. I ran the stove pipe through the wire mesh and then clamped that to the plywood to make it easy to take apart. I think I will use C-clamps instead in case it gets windy. The woman also gave me the idea of using fiberglass cloth which she said is fire proof. I don't have it on the picture and it was not windy, but I think I will spread the fiberglass cloth over the whole thing the next time. The other thing that needs explaining is the Yurt has a liner, so it has two walls. The plywood sections are held into the yurt by inserting it between the liner wall and the tent wall, then the mesh is held to the plywood using the clamps. This seems to hold the plywood firmly in place as the curvature of the yurt wall starts to kick in where the plywood section ends. When I break camp, I can just pull the plywood out and disassemble everything. The yurt has 4 doors, and the pipe section is just run out on of the doors.

 You can see in the other picture that I have a metal bar used to stabilize the stove pipe on the outside. This is mainly if it got windy.

 I may not have it all completely figured out, but it got down into the 20's at night and I slept in the yurt with the stove going, and got up in the middle of the night a  couple times to restart the fire or add more wood. It was pretty warm with the stove going half way decent ..

 You can see my truck camper in the other picture ..

 I didn't quite realize how big these pictures are, you have to go down to the slider at the bottom to move the picture over to see the whole of the lower pic which will show you the stove pipe on the outside as well as the rest of my truck camper. I had to load these onto my server, next time I'll have to set my camera at an even smaller picture size than I did.




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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2008, 02:09:34 PM »
Hi Surfivor!  I know you have already chosen your stove, but here's some pics of a Filing Cabinet Stove that somebody on one of the Yahoo Survival Groups had posted some pictures of.  Enjoy.

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2008, 08:37:28 AM »
Search eBay or Amazon resellers for a copy of John Vivian's The New, Improved Wood Heat  published by Rodale in 1978.

There's a wealth of information in this book.  You can extrapolate from its discussions of stoves, flues, etc.

Hell, here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/Wood-Heat-John-Vivian/dp/0878572414/ref=ed_oe_h

There's 51 copies for sale at time of this post - and it's worth it at even the most expensive price of $20 a copy.

On page 156 he specifically addresses making a stove in a steel drum.  He's done it, there's pictures, and it's not speculation.  I'm tellin' ya, this book is the straight dope.  You can't go wrong starting here.  I've only heated with wood for a couple of years, being a New England transplant from Chicago.  This book, and my earlier Boy Scout firebuilding  gave me a good foundation.  After that, it's just keeping the stove going, keeping it cleaned and learning.  There's a difference between a flue and a chimney....  ;)
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2008, 09:38:15 AM »
The backwoods way to make a thimble is cut a hole in the plywood about 4x the size of the pipe. Then take a piece of sheet metal that will cover the hole in the plywood and then cut the hole the size of your pipe. its kinda like how you have the sheet metal now but less drafty.
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #25 on: November 18, 2008, 11:33:52 AM »
Hello everyone, been checking out the podcast and board for a few days now, this is my first post.

You could look into rocket stoves for burning wood. They can be built both portable and extremely non portable, depending on your need, and also be built from cheap, scavenged or locally available materials.

A great book I recommend http://www.rocketstoves.com

Some good videos http://rocketstoves.org/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=235m0EzZF4U

Explanations and pictures http://www.cato-projects.org/ArLivre/RocketStove1.htm

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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #26 on: November 20, 2008, 02:03:03 PM »
has anyone made their own yurt out of pvc???

How did it turn out? Did you surround the outside of the yurt with the fabric or did you line the inside like the one posted above?

I'm interested in making my own yurt... working on the plans in my head now.

If you did maybe you could start a thread in the diy section for showing how to build one.
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #27 on: November 21, 2008, 08:39:15 PM »
Cheap way to make a wood stove.

The oil barrel stoves work quite well. That metal is pretty sturdy. After a few fires, they look pretty tired, the burnt off paint rusts up pretty well. But if you keep it dry, it won't rust through for years. That rust actually forms a protective layer of rust and it won't rust out anymore.

I can think of about half a dozen garages where they have lasted for years. I don't remember any of them burning through. I think one did need to be replaced after it was backed into though. Just got a new barrel, and transferred the hardware onto the new one.

Another, smaller stove can be made out of those metal tar buckets. They are about 3 gallons in size or so? You make it so it's standing up, not on it's side like the larger drum. Burn the gunk out of it first so it's cleaner to work with.

My dad has made several out of those. All you need is a drill, jigsaw, tin snips, and screwdriver for tools. You also need a half dozen or so shingle tins , your stove pipe. 2 hinges and a bunch of nuts and bolts and screws.

You drill a hole in the lid near one edge, and cut out the round hole for the 3 inch stove pipe chimney. Bolt the stove pipe on, or use some of those self drilling screws.

Drill 4 holes for the corners of the door on the side of the can. Cut it out with the jigsaw. 2 small, cheap, steel hinges get bolted on. The door latch is made from a piece of shingle tin bent into an L shape and attached with a single bolt on the end of the long section and the door opposite of the hinges. The other half of the latch is just a piece of shingle tin bolted onto barrel next to the door. This gets bent out a little bit so that the L shape latch can be pivoted down into the catch. The short piece of the L is the handle.

The damper is a couple of small square holes cut out under the door. A shingle tin was cut with notches to match the holes. It kinda looked like a comb. A slot was cut out and the damper was bolted on the inside through the slot loosely with a long bolt that stuck out. This bolt became the handle. You can slide the damper open and closed as needed.

The legs I think where shingle tins folded into 4ths, and then formed into a triangle leg. The top would be cut made by cutting along the folds about an inch and folding tabs out. Those would get bolted to the bottom.

This little stove works great for small spaces. You gotta really burn the hell out of it when you first make it to get the gunk and stuff out of it or it will smoke you out of the building if you install it before you first use it a couple of times.

I really wish I had some pictures, but we build ice-fish houses and the stoves for our own use, and after a few years, get tired of the fish house and sell it with the stove in it.

My dad had also made a really nice stove out of some 1/2 plate steal. The insurance company won't let him use it in the new garage, so he had to give it away. It's not UL approved. It's a better stove then many you can buy. Such a waste.
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #28 on: November 22, 2008, 06:11:20 PM »
I'm glad Rezradio mentioned the rocket stove a couple of posts up.
Surround it on three sides with some rock, brick, or broken concrete (urbancrete). This will provide thermal mass and prolong the emination of heat after the fire has subsided.
Conversely, consider building a stove from cob...incorporate a bench and have a heated seat thanks to thermal dynamics! Cob is not portable however, so take that into consideration.
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Re: easiest and cheapest way to make a wood stove ?
« Reply #29 on: November 23, 2008, 02:06:56 AM »
Just a reminder, to anyone who wants to build their own, never and I mean never use galvanised steel for anything that you are planning on burning any kind of fire in, it will release toxic gases and can make you very sick or worse.

Also I had found several plans back about a year ago on how to make a wood burning stove from a 150 gallon drum, these can actually be found pretty cheap <arround $5-10 buck locally> most people use these to burn trash in here, best bet is to find one that has a clamp type top so that you can remove a section between the top two expansion, that section you can use to make the door as well as a flew for adjusting the heat and air ratio. I have also seen some stoves made from the old type was basins as well as watering troughs. but finding some of those that are not galvanized might be hard to do.