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Homemade Wood Burning Stove
Philip G. Lumley, Wilkesport, Ontario: "I had a 4-ft. long wood burning stove made for my shop, using a 24-in. dia. by 30-in. long, 1-in. thick pipe with a custom built 30 by 36-in. water jacket surrounding it. The water jacket holds 70 gal. of water that's pumped water through pipes embedded in the shop's floor. The stove sets in one wall of the shop and is filled from outside.
"Once I start burning wood in the stove it takes a while to warm up the shop floor. If I want, I can use a furnace fan mounted on the shop wall just above the stove to provide instant heat. A heat catcher box located just above the water jacket traps heat as smoke exits the flue. The fan blows across the heat catcher box.
"A small 2-in. dia. fan at the bottom of the wood chamber can be used whenever the stove is almost out to quickly restart the fire.
"Water inside the water jacket expands as it gets hot. A 20-gal. water tank in one corner of the shop's ceiling is used to store the overflow water.
"This system is very efficient and didn't cost much to build."

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2007 - Volume #31, Issue #5