My Goal: To build a wood burning stove to heat my shed so i can still tinker in the cold winter months without freezing to death.
I had priced professionally built wood stoves and found very few under £400 most where about £600, so I decided to build my own stove using nothing but scrap metal I had lying around.
I bought my stove in at approximately £35. so it is well worth the effort.
This is a job that must be done well to prevent fires or carbon monoxide poisoning etc so a good working knowledge is need or else seek advice from those who have the skills needed.
Its better to be safe than sorry when it comes to building a stove, so take you time and build something safe to use.
Materials needed are as follows.
1 scraped butane tank, i got this from a hardware store i once worked in, it had been a shop sign after it had failed as a gas tank. so this would be its 2nd time recycled.
3 1" x 1" by 1 foot long box section for the legs
1" weld mesh.
15kg fire cement to line the stove
Scrap 1/2" re-bar to make the grate.
about 6-8" of 3" pipe to make the
10mm plate steel for the hot plates (this may be the tricky bit, I was very lucky with this part)
1 3" 90* pipe coupling to make the flue bend.
1 broken brass dart (optional)
1 steel hinge.
3-4 foot of 20 x 6mm flat bar
A METAL handle for the lid, the wooden one in the picture scorched up and fell off.
I would recommend 4" pipe for a flue if possible.
Tools needed are Welder, Angle grinder with cutting, grinding and flap disks. drill plus the usual spanners hammers etc.
This is a project from a few years ago so i don't have ever part of the process photographed.
Thanks for looking.
Step 1: Cutting the gas tank.
I first started but removing the handles and the base ring from the tank and used a flap disk to smooth the welded seam round the middle of the tank.
I marked a line round the gas tank just about where the sides become parallel, I used a thin metal cutting disk in the angle grinder to cut the tank along this line, this gave me the belly part of the stove and the lid.
A 3" hole was marked on the back of the tank about 2" from the top, The hole was cut out using a thin metal cutting disk to cut out this hole. this is where the flue bend will be welded to.