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Small wood cookstove
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Ludwig    Posted 02-03-2003 at 08:44:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey,
My camp is currently heated by a franklin stove. Well "heated" is a really nice word for it. Franklin stoves are more efficient that a fireplace, but not much.
So I'm on the lookout of a replacement. Obvious answers are box and parlor stoves. Aubuchon hardware in our area sells a couple that look to be quite decent for reasonable prices, and I've got my eye on a used one that might do.
Reasoning behind the choice is that its a fairly small camp, 'bout 24x20 or so and doesn't need a really big stove.
It just occured to me though that maybe theres such a thing as a small cookstove. The franklin is maybe 3x2 1/2 and I don't think we'd want anything too much larger, maybe 3x3 would be the max, you eat up floor space quick you know. Anybody know of a cookstove that size or am I better off with a box stove since it has a cooking surface anyhow?


Salmoneye    Posted 02-03-2003 at 14:54:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have an old porcelain coated steel 'kitchen heater' that is fired with kero...Has two round wicks inside and a coffee can type stack around the wick...Vents into a four or 5 inch pipe (can't remember now)...Traded a cast iron no name skillet for it...Has two 'burners' on top and will easily cook eggs or stew...

I have another one the same idea...This has a wick inside a wick and two burners for a total of four wicks...This one is about 4 1/2 foot high and has no 'cooktop'...Just vents...This sucker will heat a house at about 2 gallons a day...

Just another idea for ya to kick around...


Ludwig    Posted 02-03-2003 at 15:16:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Salmoneye your input is always appreciated.
Actually Dad has talked about putting in a ventless gas heater. Considering how the wind blows right through the walls now I don't think being ventless will be a problem.
I want the woodstove for ambiance and because its a camp after all. Also we've got lots of standing dead trees so fuel won't be an issue for years and years.
We've got gas lights and a gas stove already and nearly 350# of gas left which should take us a few years to burn through.
Hopefully the box stove I've seen is a good one at a good price, otherwise I may spend the $150 and get the one at Aubuchon.


Salmoneye    Posted 02-03-2003 at 15:37:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That should do fine for 20x24...I have one almost exactly like it...It was in my kitchen when I moved in...My Great Uncle used to heat the Kitchen and upstairs with only that...Mine is an old Atlantic...My dad heats his 20x20 deer camp with a box stove...The record inside temps are written on the wall...

Even 'small' kitchen wood cookstoves (if you can find one) are going to be way more expensive than a new chunk stove from Aubuchons...



Ludwig    Posted 02-03-2003 at 18:06:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh thats good to hear.
I've heard of Vogelzang so I think thats positive. I've seen some of the stoves in the store, they seem good and tight, the door fits good etc. They're also smaller than my current Franklin which is nice, as I've said its not a big camp.
The cheapest I've seen one is $139 which I think is pretty reasonable. The other one I've been looking at has been chained to a tree in a guy's front yard all winter, but its a fancy house so maybe it was a more pricy stove to begin with. I'll stop and look at that one soon. Considering this new one a used one would have to be quite a good deal before I'd switch.

Our other big project soon is to insulate the camp. I think that'll make a big difference too. The camp is built of 2x4 on 24". The roof really doesn't have enough pitch and the rafters only run every second wallstud. The threat of collapse under snow is very real. This is a camp that was intended to be shoveled, but I live 450miles away, and the camp is a mile from the road.
So the current plan is to put 2x6 wall studs in between the current studs giving us 12" centers, cut 'em real tight and drive 'em in there. Then fill in the missing rafters and truss 'em. Unfortunately we did a new roof last year, so the trussing won't be as strong as it could/should be, but c'est la vie, it'll be stronger than it is now. Then I'll get fiberglass to go in the walls and do tounge and groove over that. Dad wants to do paneling, I want something nicer looking, so it'll be either tounge and groove or the cheapest pine boards I can find.

Ahh, never done is it? And this is a camp thats had no maintenance in 10 years or more...


big fred    Posted 02-03-2003 at 13:06:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't understand the issue I guess. Are you looking for a small stove to cook wood, or a stove to cook small amounts of wood or a wooden stove for cooking or a stove for cooking in a small woods?


Ludwig    Posted 02-03-2003 at 14:28:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why I oughta...

Everybodys a smarty!


Old Sarge    Posted 02-03-2003 at 12:58:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You might get Kraig Wy to check out his area for an old sheep camp stove. They were small but really produced the heat. Some even had a little hot water thing attached. They have a flat top for cooking and are cast iron.


Mike D.    Posted 02-03-2003 at 09:59:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you handy with sheet metal? You can fashion a flat deck on a barrel stove without any trouble. A machine shop I use has one. They alsways have soup on it in the winter.


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