Stove From Barrels





Introduction: Stove From Barrels

MAKE ENERGY: A US-Mexico Innovation Challenge

Fourth Prize in the
MAKE ENERGY: A US-Mexico Innovation Challenge

Winterize Challenge

Grand Prize in the
Winterize Challenge

I built this stove in 2010 and I have been using it ever since.

Step 1: Cutting and Welding

First I modified the barrels .

Step 2: Cutting and Placing Bricks

Then I cut and placed the bricks.

Step 3: Ready for Heating

It was then ready for heating.

Two years ago someone I know built this stove using these pictures as a guide .

He uses it to heat up his quail farm.

Step 4: Update 1

Yesterday (25.11.2014) I made some new pictures for you to see how it looks stove after three winters.

Step 5: Update 2

I made a sketch of the stove so that you see the look on the inside.

With this stove I heat a space of 60 square meters (646 square foot) or rather 150 m (5,300 cubic foot).

If outside is -16 degrees Celsius (3.2 Fahrenheit), inside are 19 degrees Celsius (66.2 Fahrenheit).

The workshop I heat has plank walls of 2.5 cm (1 inch) and polystyrene insulation of 3 cm (1.2 inch). So it is not very isolated.



  • Trash to Treasure

    Trash to Treasure
  • Pocket-Sized Contest

    Pocket-Sized Contest
  • Pro Tips Challenge

    Pro Tips Challenge

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Please be positive and constructive.




Wow what a really nicely engineered stove! I too recently built one OUTSIDE! Because I fear of burning my house down AND I want unattended burning, this is mine:

Thank you very much ! Yours look professional, mine I made from scrap :)

I built one of these type of stoves years ago. Worked very well until it burnt my house down. BE CAREFUL!

The stove is used for heating the workshop. It is started only when I work in that workshop. The stove never work alone and I do not ever overload. Always when I leave the workshop, I stop the fire.

Thanks for Comment :)

Really nice but fortunately I moved to Thailand and don't need a heater/stove anymore :-)


Very interesting !! you did not show how you made the "chicanes" (i.e., STEP5 Update 2) (I do not know the english word...).

Congratulations !!

I think the english word would be labyrinth.