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  • Add Your Homemade Hot Tent Wood Stove Building Ideas

    I can't figure out how to edit the title......

    Add Your Homemade Hot Tent "Wood Stove" Building Ideas

    I looked at buying a stove, but between not being able to make up my mind and running out of time I decided to build one.
    I'm far from a stove expert, I've built a few others in the past, but I still may very well be the perfect example of a bad example.

    For this one I had some criteria that I was sticking to.
    (1) I didn't really have any criteria, so I didn't want to spend much on it.
    (2) Nothing fiddly, I didn't want much to assemble, minimal loose parts and pieces
    (3) Nothing sharp and pokey sticking out, less chance of stabbing holes in packs and bags when its in a sled or canoe.

    Again I'm not a stove expert, I don't nerd out about grams, BTU output, secondary burns. Nothing wrong with any of that, it's fun and interesting.
    But for this project I just needed a quick box of fire to dry wet clothes.
    And at that I ran out of time and used this one before it was even finished.

    This isn't a how-to, and I really wasn't thinking about posting it when I was doing most of it.
    I just decided to share what photos I do have, and I'll add more.
    I had some good ideas and some bad ones, and I'll show both.

    Maybe it'll help somebody on their stove build, or at least spur a good conversation about building stove, so feel free to throw your ideas or experiences into the mix
    Last edited by Justin P.; 10-18-2020, 09:15 AM.

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    Hi Justin, just as for me, your photos do not show up. There is something seriously wrong with this platform.

    Kinguq.

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    • #3
      Everybody likes a nice scenic shot, so I'll start off with that.
      I didn't have any picturesque lakes or mountains handy, so I just used some thick brush that was available...............
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      I'll work a little backwards on this one.
      Here is my half finished 5 gallons stove on its first job.
      I still need to add something for a cooktop and some sort of leg affair.
      After using it last night I'm returning back to my original plan of adding an adjustable air intake in the door.
      I tried using the door itself, just cracking it open or closed more, but it got to hot, but it wasn't very cold last night either, it only got down to about 30F.
      I still think the adjustable intake will help in the long run.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Kinguq View Post
        Hi Justin, just as for me, your photos do not show up. There is something seriously wrong with this platform.

        Kinguq.
        I might be getting it figured out........................

        Except I can't figure out how to edit the title that doesn't say "Woodstove" in it.....................
        Last edited by Justin P.; 10-18-2020, 09:12 AM.

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        • #5
          I had a roll of 302 .070 stainless shim stock sitting on the shelf.
          I've never made one of the roll up chimneys before, but I wanted one I could pack inside the stove.
          I didn't take any photos of the process, but I was worried that if I unrolled the whole roll of shim stock that I wouldn't be able to roll it into a chimney shaped object alone.
          The shim stock I had was hardened not annealed. I don't know if that matters, but I was pretty sure it was going to fight to stay flat.
          So instead of unrolling it, I grabbed from the inner diameter of the roll and telescoped it out, and kept adding 3" wire rings to keep it under control.
          Then slowly twisted and pulled it until I got the roll unscrewed and ended up with a seam running lengthwise.
          I should've taken a photo of the process, because it's damn difficult to explain it.
          It took a long time to do, but It never got away from me, and I never kinked the metal.
          My tent is still set up in the woods, so I haven't tried rolling the chimney up yet.
          I'll flip it end for end and heat the other end up next time, I'm hoping it will temper the hardness a bit and make it easier to handle from now on.

          I made the pipe retention rings out of some 316 .030 stainless welding wire. And it worked good, but I was worried about the twisted ends work hardening and breaking.
          Then I remembered I had some softer stainless tie wire, so I have a mix of both right now, we'll see what works best.
          Any wire would work though, non-stainless would be fine as long as you replace them before they rust through.

          Making rolled chimney pipe retention wire thingys.
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          • #6
            Greetings

            Good job on your wood stove. Making use of what you have available is the name of the game when it comes to DIY projects.

            If one was to DIY a woodstove for a hot tent. I would start of with this one built by Lonnie at Far North Bushcraft and Survival. It is done with minimal tools and readily available materials from the local big box hardware store.





            Cheers

            Brian

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            • Justin P.
              Justin P. commented
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              That's a nice stove and great videos, thanks.
              I have a sketchy internet connection so I don't watch many videos, but I have seen a handful of Lonnie's, I like the stuff that he does.

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            I've edited the title for you.

            I'll post up my modifications to a Kni-co here soon.👍

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            • Justin P.
              Justin P. commented
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              Thanks!

              I must have accidentally found a key combination that was "Post" because I was typing away and all of a sudden it was posting.
              I've apparently reached that point where the technology curve and the and the age curve are starting to diverge on the graph.................

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            I pulled my stove and brought back to the shop to finish/overhaul it.

            I riveted in a tab to stop the pipe from slipping down into the stove.
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            I drilled a 3" hole in the door and made a doo-flapper to control the intake draft.
            I also added a some light steel tubing on the top for pot supports, and on the bottom for roll bars.
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            Here is the original 5 gallon can carry handle, I left it on for easy transporting.
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            Apparently I love the smell of burning paint, because I had all the original paint burned off, then modified it and repainted it with high heat paint and fired it up again.......

            The door intake modification was a big improvement, I tried using the door as my intake control, but the doo-flapper works much better.

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            • #9
              Hi, these photos are not visible to me.
              Kinguq.

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              • Justin P.
                Justin P. commented
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                Thanks for the heads up.
                I tried something different for loading photos, now I know that doesn't work.
                I'll fix it tonight.

              • Justin P.
                Justin P. commented
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                I think I have the photos fixed now

            • #10
              I made a flue damper section to try out today.
              I didn't have any stainless left so I used some carbon steel.
              I tried putting a little compression spring on the damper arm, but when the stove is really drawing it wants to move the damper around. For now I'll probably wire it up.
              Toward the end of next week I'm going back out for 8-10 days. I have to much other stuff to get done to redo the damper right now. But it does help control it. It's been in the mid 20s F and it was getting to hot in there with no damper.
              The three rivets are to keep the rolled chimney from dropping in to far.

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