Pot Belly Stove / Outdoor Wood Heater

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Intro: Pot Belly Stove / Outdoor Wood Heater

Hi Guys

My First Instructable..

Here is my version of a typical "outdoor wood heater" built over the holiday break ready for winter in Australia.
This was a great little project where i could spent 4 days welding things together!

My build makes use of 3 old truck brake drums, scrap steel and water pipe offcuts for the ash tray legs and flue / Chimney.

Total cost of project  under AUS $80

High Temp Paint $20
Gate Hinges $12
2x 6mm Steel Plate $30
Flue cowling $15

I hope you all find some inspiration and enjoy my photos!


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CharlieD33

2 years ago

Are the drums cast iron? If so how did you go welding them? And what sort of welding did you use. Very nice project that I am thinking of making for my major school project

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Steelmaker

3 years ago

So I want to make this, I wonder if you have a complete list of items used, and the measurements of all the pieces?

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revs64

4 years ago on Introduction

hi what a ripper do you have plans that can be used to make something similar.looking around for something like that.

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qakaosrevs64

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Sorry dont have an plans as such, I made it up as i went along..

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Moscow_Wolf

4 years ago on Introduction

That is as good if not better than anything you could buy off the shelf from a manufacturer. Anyone have an idea how much would be the scrap value cost for such large brake hubs at today's prices? I want to source a couple for a home-made Blacksmith's furnace. How long did it take to do the cutting with the angle grinder? Many thanks for posting your project.

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qakaosMoscow_Wolf

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

not sure how much they would be for scrap, mine were all free - most places are happy to part with "junk" once they understand it's going to a good cause / project.. I'll post some pics of my forge soon - built from one of the spare drums

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sterlworth

6 years ago on Introduction

Awesome job mate, i have been thinking about this for a while now, and now that i have seen yours, its a definate

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ozifred

6 years ago on Introduction

Great job mate. I want one and will pass the idea onto my husband. Thank you for your contribution.

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Quick-tune

6 years ago on Introduction

A superb job, I'm glad to see someone else who isn't scared to weld cast steel. I bet that monster will hold some heat when it gets going!
I built mine from a 7.5 kilo butane cylinder and that kicks out an impressive amount... careful you don't melt ;)

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qakaosQuick-tune

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Thank you for the kind feedback Quick-tune,

After it's "first burn" it took 24 hours to completely cool down,
My friends have all put in orders for one!

I would love to build a small more compact camping version from a LPG Cylinder, did you fill yours with water before cutting open?

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Quick-tuneqakaos

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Credit where credit is due my friend!, Yes I was taught to purge a tank by filling with soapy water making sure there are no air pockets, and leaving it to stand for a couple of hours before cutting/welding... It works for me as I still have my hair and eyebrows ;-)
How about using car brake drums next time?

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qakaos

6 years ago on Introduction

Thank you for your positive feedback and encouraging notes guys, it's wonderful to see like minded people out there all tinkering with metal.

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knife141

6 years ago on Introduction

Excellent work, and that's some seriously thick steel to cut and weld! Nice job!!

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rimar2000

6 years ago on Introduction

Congratulations, you are a good designer, good recycler, and good workman.