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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Beetle-Kill, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    As it looks like we're going to build one, and my shop foreman asked if I had shop drawings on it yet -(Nooo... not yet.) , I'll ask. You've all thought about it at one time or another- If I could build my own stove, what would I do different/ or incorporate into an existing design? This question is only limited to a few parameters-
    • Free standing
    • 6" flue pipe
    • Secondary air, with manual air control
    • Primary air with air-wash for glass- manual control
    • A Cat and by-pass system (optional)
    • 3+ CF true box measurement
    Outside of the Cat, I should just go with an NC-30, but what fun would that be? OR.. modify one?

    So, if you could, how would you build a stove? Let's roll.... Thanks, JB

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  2. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    Oh yeah, final configuration is not an issue. It could be a barrel like an Elm, or angled like some of the Buck's. Even as plain as the BKK, doesn't matter. Ideas are what matter at this point. Thanks again, JB
  3. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    Hum. Well. For ME, a burn time like a BK stove with the ability to have a nice low and slow burn but without black glass that looks like a Thelin (parlour stove) but has the clearances and ember only hearthpad protection of my Republic. Yeah, that'll happen, lol. Oh, and a blower that doesn't rattle would be nice!

    Basically though, I'm pretty happy with my stove, but I still have an eye on the Sirocco 30. That's pretty much what I'd want in a stove, except I want the door opposite of how it is (hinges on the right). And not a fan of the price, lol. Pretty much the same as mine in looks but I like the ability to burn low and slow for shoulder season. We need the burn times and bulk of the Republic when it's in the teens/lower 20's, but in the 40's it can be a little much.
  4. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    A cast iron beauty (free standing with real legs) that has:
    6" flue
    Ember protection only
    Tubes AND a cat
    Thermo controlled
    3.8 cu ft firebox (true useable dimensions)
    Quiet fan.
  5. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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    I always thought it would be nice to have a vertical rack you could put your wood in and it would auto feed into the stove, kinda like one of those baseball pitching machines.
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    I truly silent fan would be such a blessing. Even as quite as a oscillating fan would be nice.
  7. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    I don't even mind the sound of the blower/air being moved. It's the rattling...and how it changes tone that makes me crazy.
  8. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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    Sounds like you need to get Dyson involved.
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    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    Pellet stoves meets wood stove?
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    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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    Pretty much, I think an actuator could be made to open and close a top loading door to allow wood to fall in piece by piece, using a weight scale on the bottom of the firebox could help trigger when to load more wood.
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  11. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Are you planning some kind of thermostatic air control? Being able to control the secondary air is also a great idea.

    I also like the idea of a heavy, stainless, insulated baffle, like Pacific Energy uses, as opposed to tubes and a ceramic baffle board.
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  12. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    Jeff_t, not really sure what I'm planning right now. Trying to get a basic design worked up and incorporating the secondary and Cat into a workable plan. Probably going to end up looking like an anti-ship mine, with knobs and levers sticking out of it from all directions.
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  13. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    If it was MY stove, and it had both a cat and a secondary burn system of some kind, I would want to be able to shut off that secondary air supply for a cat-only burn.

    I can't wait to see how many times you start over ;lol
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  14. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    Bingo, hence knobs and levers and whathave you. And yeah, it would be a miracle if it came out right the first time.;)
  15. DevilsBrew

    DevilsBrew Minister of Fire

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    At the moment, an outdoor wood gas stove with a window. :cool:
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    Sons924 Burning Hunk

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    What if it was completely transparent? So you could see every internal part of the stove with the fire burning in it. And built in thermometers.

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