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RCCruiser
11-17-2011, 07:25 PM
I built a portable wood stove a while ago, and thought I'd share my experience...

I started with an expired 80 litre propane tank. It still had propane in it, so I brought it camping a few times and burned it off with the tiger torch.

note to self:
Tiger torch does not melt snow out of the back seat of a convertible without melting your jacket, or catching the seatbelts on fire. ;)

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This is the tank before I started. It's the tall one on the right. The small, white one is a 10 pounder for comparison. It might even be a 5 pounder...

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After the propane was burnt off, I opened the valve to let out any vapours. After a couple days of the valve being left open, I removed the valve. Then I filled the tank with water.
Damn, did that stink!
Drained the water, then proceeded to cut the tank in half.
I grabbed some random steel and welded a flat area to mount the door hinges. I used some old Suzuki Samurai door hinges.
The adjustable air inlet was a leftover shim for warehouse racking. Handles were old shock mounts.

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I welded on some square tubing and made some removable legs. The 4 legs, as well as the chimney 90* fit inside the stove, along with a couple pieces of wood.
I also welded in a steel grate to help with airflow.

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It seems to work quite well.

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Brought it up to Sloquet hot springs last weekend. Was about 1.5*C outside. Got it quite warm inside the tent.

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It needs some sort of baffle on the inside to stop the flames from going all the way up the chimney. Also a flat surface to put a pot of water on would be good.
I'm also working on a way to seal the chimney to the tent....

Any other suggestions?

85chevy
11-17-2011, 07:36 PM
Nicely done don't need to stop those flames just use them to cook hot dogs and marshmellows haha

4skin
11-17-2011, 07:56 PM
damm works good
you could add a damper in the stove pipe to slow the airflow
will make the heat stay in the stove

RCCruiser
11-17-2011, 08:54 PM
I found with a smaller chimney, the smoke would come out the door more. Haven't actually installed a damper though.

dirka dave
11-17-2011, 10:08 PM
Dix you use the header wrap ?

RCCruiser
11-18-2011, 05:51 PM
Not yet. Planning on weaving it into a sheet, and cut a hole in the middle.

dirka dave
11-18-2011, 07:09 PM
Why don't you wrap the pipe ?

RCCruiser
11-18-2011, 07:54 PM
How's that going to seal the hole in the wall/roof?
Not to mention, if you wrap the pipe, and insulate it, you won't get any of the heat. It will all go up in smoke.

Ry' & Jen
11-19-2011, 02:54 AM
Jen and I liked your setup so much that we went out yesterday and bought a small wood stove from Princess Auto for a $100.00!
That and were taking our 10X20 foot portable garage along with us all this winter!

Honky
11-19-2011, 08:58 AM
Those stove at pa have a small pipe hole. The bad thing about that is it doesn't let the smoke cool down and the sparks will burn your tarp/tent. It's happened to me

An old hunters trick around that is to shoot the end of your stove pipe with bird shot to baffle it


Oh the other thing is the PA stove wont burn through the night. Its only good for an hour or two unattended befor you have to refill it. A pain when your trying to sleep but will work good during the day

Honky
11-19-2011, 09:01 AM
How's that going to seal the hole in the wall/roof?
Not to mention, if you wrap the pipe, and insulate it, you won't get any of the heat. It will all go up in smoke.


What I did for my Costco ezup to seal the hole is cut a hole in two tin sheets then rivetted it onto trap front and back. Works really good

RCCruiser
11-19-2011, 12:13 PM
What I did for my Costco ezup to seal the hole is cut a hole in two tin sheets then rivetted it onto trap front and back. Works really good
I had thought of that, but didn't really want to deal with the solid bits of sheet. If my weaving of header wrap doesn't work, I think that will be my next step.

As for the Princess Auto wood stoves....

I went to the grand opening of the first PA on the island last tuesday :D

They look ok. More compact than mine, and definately lighter. I also thought the chimney looked too small, but should put out some heat during the daytime/evening. That's all I rely on mine for...just to take the chill off in the winter.

Chopstick
11-21-2011, 07:54 PM
The pa stoves don't warm the tent good enough, but we used Bridgettes (I think that's what they were) not wood.

TOYLESS
11-21-2011, 08:50 PM
your gonna need a fire stop. thin piece of sheet metal for the side of your tent bud! pretty much your only option.[cheers]

Ry' & Jen
11-30-2011, 05:15 PM
Ya, that Princess Auto "Mil Spec" wood stove is too small.
You have to keep feeding it kindling ('cause you can't really fit any sizable pieces of wood inside) and it doesn't put out enough heat...
Time for plan B*!



























*Don't ask me what plan B is 'cause I haven't figured that out yet!

Chopstick
12-01-2011, 10:26 AM
Why not just make a thin gauge piece of tubing or ring over the end of ur smoke stack where it goes through your tent but have 2 inch gap between it

Does that make sense? Same setup in a long cabin but smaller

RCCruiser
12-01-2011, 08:09 PM
Why not just make a thin gauge piece of tubing or ring over the end of ur smoke stack where it goes through your tent but have 2 inch gap between it

Does that make sense? Same setup in a long cabin but smaller
Not bad...not bad...

hillclimber
12-01-2011, 10:46 PM
to seal the back of your tent get a piece of sheet metal and make 4 eye holes in the wall and bolt the sheet to it and cut a hole in the sheet for the stove pipe

MUD CHILD
12-01-2011, 11:28 PM
to seal the back of your tent get a piece of sheet metal and make 4 eye holes in the wall and bolt the sheet to it and cut a hole in the sheet for the stove pipe

Bingo!

That is what we did on our tent and it works perfect. I use a little insulation between the pipe and the sheet metal. 1) to keep the cold air out and 2nd to eliminate the stove pipe sitting directly on the sheet metal and heating it to the point of melting the tarp. This is the wood stove my buddy and I made. It's and old air compressor tank. It all breaks down and stores inside the stove for transporting, inducing the chimney.

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Chopstick
12-02-2011, 12:37 PM
Wow that looks cool, that little pa stove would work great in a little tent like that

Honky
12-02-2011, 12:51 PM
Bingo!

That is what we did on our tent and it works perfect. I use a little insulation between the pipe and the sheet metal. 1) to keep the cold air out and 2nd to eliminate the stove pipe sitting directly on the sheet metal and heating it to the point of melting the tarp. This is the wood stove my and my buddy and I made. It's and old air compressor tank. It all breaks down and stores inside the stove for transporting, inducing the chimney.

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yup just what I was sayin....works great!

RCCruiser
12-02-2011, 06:05 PM
to seal the back of your tent get a piece of sheet metal and make 4 eye holes in the wall and bolt the sheet to it and cut a hole in the sheet for the stove pipe
I was really wanting to stay away from having a piece of sheet metal in the tarp, but that does look pretty slick all set up.