2002 - Volume #26, Issue #3, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
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The town I live in passed a law that banned the use of burn barrels, and I didn't want to pay $20 a month to a trash hauling service. So I used 3/16-in. thick sheet metal to make a 3-ft. sq. stove that doesn't send any ashes up into the air. It fills from the top and has a 4-in. sq. flue welded on top of it. Halfway up the stove is an air vent with a protective cover to prevent sparking problems.
The stove doesn't have a bottom but does have a big hinged door on top for filling. When it gets about half full of ashes I simply turn the stove over on its side, then dump the ashes out on the ground from the bottom and scoop them up. All the stove's outside edges are fitted with heavy angle iron to reduce warping from the heat. (Elmer M. Pinkerton, 305 West D Street, Elmwood, Neb. 68349 ph 402 994-5885)
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