Build Your Own Log Burner Stove Practically For Free!
The house finally started getting cold towards the end of December so we thought it was time to put the fireplace to work. the problem is with two small children it wasn't practical to have a real open fire, especially since we can't be in the room to attend it at all times. Initially we drilled some holes into a stainless steel bucket and used it for a few days as sort of a mini incinerator, but we quickly found that most of the heat was being chucked up the chimney and it wasn't a really efficient way to burn firewood. So we started to look into wood burning stoves and log burners but even the smallest and cheapest ones were around 100 euros and to be honest they were awful, So in true FAST Blog style we decided to make our own!
We were racking our brains for a while about what we would use and how we would do it when I remembered a post I read on the survival forums about someone who was trying to make their own log burner stove out of an old gas bottle and it hit me, that would be the perfect way for us to make a stove. We managed to pick the empty gas bottle for our stove up for the princely sum of 8 euros! To be honest that is the extent of what our new stove ended up costing us, the few other trinkets we had lying around.
First things first, we had to make the gas bottle for the stove safe. DO THIS BIT IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA.After opening the valve on top until it no longer hissed we used a large stillsons wrench to undo the valve from the top of the bottle. It's not as easy as it sounds as there is some sort of sealant on the thread so you may have to persuade the wrench with a lump hammer, we did!
|Remove the valve from the gas bottle and fill your future stove with water|
Now although the bottle was "empty" there was still plenty of gas in there, more than enough to ruin your day if you don't play it safe. The best way to stop your future stove from being a minor explosion is to fill the bottle with water and leave it overnight, better safe than sorry.
|Mark out the door for your stove|
Next we marked out the door for the wood burning stove, we wanted to make sure it was big enough to put a decent sized log on the fire so we didn't have to keep feeding it with twigs every 5 minutes.
|This is the size and shape door we wanted for our DIY log burner|
|Cutting the gas bottle to make the wood burning stove|
|Plenty of sparks when you cut out the stove door, don't wear your flammable pants!|
At this point you have the absolute bare basics of your stove / logburner, I've seen people online using them like this as fire pits and patio heaters but of course for indoor use you need to put a bit more work in to the build.
|The bare basics that will become your estufa|
For our design we wanted a proper door on the front of the wood burner rather than a gaping hole. So using the piece we cut out from the front of the gas bottle we tack welded on some old hinges I had lying around and a screw in eye as a door handle
|Me and Tel setting out the hinges for the gas bottle stove and getting the positioning right|
Of course if you don't have a welder its just as easy to drill a few holes and bolt the door on to the hinges, or bribe someone to do the welding for you.
|Welding the hinges onto the gas bottle for the stove door|
|Another action shot of Tel welding the hinges onto the gas bottle for the stove door|
After that we welded on a piece of hollow tube fence post to act as the chimney for the smoke, ideally you want nothing smaller than 68mm to ensure that the smoke can vent out sufficiently. If you use 68mm it's also a common car exhaust pipe size so you can easily source fittings etc to make up a flue if necessary.
|Welding our wombled chimney pipe on to the stove|
|Testing out the almost complete stove with a bit of kindling|
|Everything always looks better with a lick of black paint|
And there you have it, the DIY stove was finished and we took it inside for a real test run.
|The Finished DIY Wood Burning Stove|
|The house is now cosy and warm thanks to the homemade wood burning stove|
I am a great believer of evaluation and improvement. After using the stove for a couple of days the only thing we have changed was to add additional intake holes all the way around the base of the gas bottle because after the fire had been burning all day and the ash started to block the bottom grate the stove would struggle to keep a strong flame with the door shut, the extra holes have solved this issue and we continue to use it every day as the only source of heat for the house with no problems at all.
Once again cannot thank Slim Pickings enough for licensing their music to us to use on Youtube