Keeping a barrel stove kit just in case?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by emt1581, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    I agree that a barrel stove will throw off incredible amounts of heat. I am not sure of the longevityof the barrels though. I know that when I was growing up we used 55 gallon barrels as trash burning barrels and they tended to last about a year before being used up. Not sure if indoor wood burning would last substantially longer or not.

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  2. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

    If you could, please talk more about the single wall and the how and where part...

    I only ask because I've heard a few people talk about trying it and the pipe burns through quite quickly.

    Sure would save a ton of money if it could be done safely. The piping is really the expensive part!



  3. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

    I've seen them last 20+ years.

    I'm not sure how your burn barrel was kept but most I've seen usually have thoroughly rusted within a short time because the bare steel is exposed to the elements year round.

    Just my .02 on the issue and mind you, I've never tried one myself.

  4. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    Yes, I suspect the elements was the big problem combined with the frequent hot heat of the burning. They were galvanized barrels, the ones that were not used for burning ( stored wire in some) never rusted.
  5. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Singe wall stove pipe works fine. You can't back the stove up to the wall if its stick frame/drywall construction. Need to give it a foot or more clearance. You can buy the standard stove pipe at any Tractor Supply etc. I think it comes in 3 or 4' lengths and there are 90 degree elbows and wll plates for transition through walls etc.

    Like I said...use some common sense. Keep it clean and keep it away from things that burn Don't burn green wood or coniferous woods that create a lot of creosote.

    Line the bottom of the stove with some fire brick or use some exapnded mesh to keep the fire off the bottom and it will last a lot longer. Firebricks are cheap but heavy.
  6. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

    Well all stoves have specific individual clearances. And usually the thimble prevents the pipe from touching/burning/ruining plaster/wood/drywall....

    Modern stoves (EPA) are already lined with firebricks/ceramic. But the cheap Vogelzangs or the barrel kits...I've seem people say they line them with playground sand. That confuses me. How do you clean it without scooping out the sand?? Wouldn't the ash and sand mix??

    But back to the pipe...if what you're saying is true, and I do plan to put my flame suit on and ask it over on the stove forum....that would be SUPER cheap to do!! I'm talking less than $200 for a stove and a chimney to heat an entire home!!


  7. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Yep, just lay the fire brick in the bottom. I know its curved. If play around with the placement it will work. They build round arches out of square bricks all the time.

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