Introduction: 5 Gallon, Metal Bucket, Wood Burning Stove for Camping

Picture of 5 Gallon, Metal Bucket, Wood Burning Stove for Camping

Making this project only took about 20 hours to complete.

This stove was not constructed for use with log wood logs but more of a small sticks and twigs burning unit. To be used in short burns.

(NEVER USE THIS UNIT INDOORS)


Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced


What you will need.

1. (2) Two thick metal, 5 Gallon buckets. Make sure that your primary bucket has a removable lid for easy internal access. Cut a square opening in the primary bucket's removable lid. Save the piece of metal and cut a circle with a tab on top of it. This will act as the cover for your drafting port of your secondary bucket's pouring spout. Make sure that your secondary buck has a center ring pouring spout. A Thompson's Water Seal bucket will work great for you secondary bucket. The secondary buck will function as your stove's access door and draft port and as a extra internal shielding to prevent flames from blasting straight up your stove's pipe. This shielding will also help to keep the heat from escaping out the stove pipe and will keep the unit warm longer. Cut the bottom and top off of your secondary bucket and discard the bottom of the bucket. Keep the top and the side walls. Cut 3" inches off of the top of your side wall and flatting the side walls into one solid flat piece of sheet metal. this will be your doubled heat shield for the inside top of your primary bucket.

(CHECK YOUR PRIMARY BUCKET FOR GASKETS AND OTHER RUBBER OR SEALS AND REMOVE THEM).

2. A pair of sheet metal cutting snips, screw drivers Straight and Phillips, socket set, wrenches, hammer, wooden block or vice and a power drill with 1/8th inch metal drilling bits.

3. A brass 3" inch metal door hinge. This will function as the hinge point for your stove's door.

4. (3) Three, Adjustable Brass, Curtain Rod Holders, about 8" inches long. These will function as your stove's front and rear legs and will be secured to the bucket stove in a tripod formation. With (2) two legs mounted in the front and (1) one leg being mounted in the rear of the bucket, dead center. Make sure to elevate your front legs a fraction higher than the back leg. This will allow for burnt ash and coal too fall to the rear of the bucket and will help to keep the front of your bucket free from ash build up. This will allow your drafting port to continue to flowing freely.

5. 1/8th inch screws, nuts, washers and bolts assortment box.

6. Metal, wire shelving for a closet. This will function as your internal wood rack. Attach this with screws from the outside of the bucket to prevent it from flipping over inside of the bucket while you are burning wood.

7. (1) One can of 1200 Degree Black Spray Paint.

8. (1) One four foot piece of gutter down spout and a gutter turn down. Place your gutter on top of the rear end of the bucket and trace the outside of your gutter onto the top of your primary bucket. Draw a line across the center of the traced out circle. Now cut the center line and cut the front and back of the circle, making sure to not cut the left or right sides of the circle. now bend both sides up. These will act as anchor tabs for you stove's pipe and will be screwed into the sides of your pipe, once it has been inserted into the bucket. Be sure to cute the bottom of your stove's pipe into 1" inch tabs. these will be bent out flat against the inside of the bucket and will help to prevent the stove's pipe from pulling back out. Once you have secured your stove's pipe into place, take the heat shield and curve it and screw it to the inside top of the bucket. leaving room at the front of the bucket for your smoke to travel up and out. Make sure to leave about 1" to 1".1/2 inches of space between your primary bucket's inside top to allow for air flow.

Once this build is complete, you will want to do a hour long burn, outside. This will burn away any harmful chemicals that where left behind inside of the bucket and help to burn away any factory paint or stickers that are on the outside of the bucket. Once you have had 1 or 2 hour long burns you may them paint the outside of the unit with the 1200 degree spray paint. You do not need to paint the inside of the unit. I hope that this project isn't to confusing. I will be releasing full and complete blueprints for this build on our website: BVABC.COM hopefully before the end of August 2016. If you complete this build and would like to post a photo to show off your build. Visit us on our Facebook business page at https://www.facebook.com/BVABC we would love to see your creations.

Comments

HollyMann (author)2017-03-09

Awesome!

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-07-01

Nice cooker design. Very simple.