Older blaze king?

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Isaac Carlson

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2012
712
NW Wisconsin
I have the opportunity to buy an older blaze king from the early 80's. It's a ktj 302. No baffle or air system, just a big stove. It comes with about 9 feet of stainless pipe for $285. I thought it would make a nice shop stove for my pole shed if I added a baffle and secondaries.

I was originally thinking of using a fuel barrel with a blower and tubes, like this one. What do you guys think? Should I use the barrel stove and still buy the blaze king just to have it?
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
93,171
South Puget Sound, WA
Nice shop that fellow has but he is sending a ton of heat up the flue. 700+ surface temp on the single-wall is like 1400º flue gas temp. The key damper is wide open when it should be closed to retain more heat in the stove.

You have the knowledge to update the BK smoke dragon into a reasonable secondary burner. Sounds like a good project if you have the time. Otherwise, consider a new 3 cu ft EPA value stove or a big used EPA stove in good condition.
 
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Isaac Carlson

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2012
712
NW Wisconsin
What would the blaze king make for btu? Just looking for a ballpark figure.

My shop is 40x80 and not yet insulated and no ceiling yet.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
93,171
South Puget Sound, WA
It has a big belly so it's probably capable of 100,000 btus with your mods, but that's a guess. Doing that on a sustained basis could be rough on the paint. Mount a fan blowing across the top.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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central pa
What would the blaze king make for btu? Just looking for a ballpark figure.

My shop is 40x80 and not yet insulated and no ceiling yet.
What is the shop used for?
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
28,452
central pa
I use it for everything. Welding, auto repair, wood work, building boats, etc...
In that case you should know that having a solid fuel burner in it is a code violation and most likely will cause issues with insurance. Many including myself choose to do it anyway. But if anything happened I know insurance wouldn't pay.
 

Isaac Carlson

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2012
712
NW Wisconsin
Yeah, I know.
In that case you should know that having a solid fuel burner in it is a code violation and most likely will cause issues with insurance. Many including myself choose to do it anyway. But if anything happened I know insurance wouldn't pay.
I know. But I live in the USA, so I'll heat it however I want. 😁
 
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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
28,452
central pa
Yeah, I know.

I know. But I live in the USA, so I'll heat it however I want. 😁
But really it's only illegal in the USA.

Like I said many make the decision to do it anyway knowing insurance won't cover a loss and that's fine. I just want to be sure people know it.
 

BKVP

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