Bucket stove

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  1. AK Trapper

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    Most of my camping is done in the fall during hunting season. It can get well below freezing at night during those trips. I have many commercially built stoves and I really like to use them. I am always trying to build stuff on my own and experiment with simple effective ways of doing it. A couple of years ago I decided to make a stove out of a 5 gallon bucket. It is very light weight, easy to transport and relatively easy to build. The metal on these buckets it thin so it heats up fast and will glow red if left to run open. I don't know how long this stove will last before it rusts out but I really don't have much invested in it. A use a 4 inch nesting stove pipe that tapers down to about 3 inch at the top. The lid is not attached so it needs a weight of some kind on it to keep it from coming off if the stove puffs. Originally I did not include a draft to allow air to the burn but just used the lid to allow a little air to the fire, this didn't work so good so I later added a draft control. I do not recommend anybody using a wood stove in a tent that is not familiar with wood stove operation and dangers of a tent fire. I will show a few pictures here and if you decide to build one build and use at your ownrisk IMG_0379.JPG IMG_0036.JPG IMG_0378.JPG IMG_0377.JPG
     
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    That's a fine idea young fellar. you did a good job. joe
     
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    is the stove jack just a soup can or is it something special?
     
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    Good for you! That is a neat idea.
     
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    Good looking rig, simple low cost, I'd throw a pair of hinges on the fuel door so I wouldn't loose it, like the top load feature, thanks for posting this.
     
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    The one pictured there is a oversize bean can if I remember correctly. It worked but I wouldn't recommend it because it shifted around in the wind. A regular tent stove jack is the way to go and that is what I wound up doing.
     
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    Looks cool and works. Prov 27 : 17
     
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    Thanks, I like the proverb.
     
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    That's pretty handy.
    It's true a bucket won't last long, especially if it gets wet and rust starts.
    What I like there though, is that the door and draft can be made a lot heavier and will last longer. So cut a new bucket up when you need to, use those pieces and you're back in business.
    Cheap, works good, and easy......can't beat that!
     
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    Thanks Muleman77, It wasn't a big investment in time or money.
     
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    I might add here that metal buckets are getting hard to find anymore, I have two or three laying around that I don't want to throw away because if I ever want to do this again I may not be able to find one. Also it goes without saying whenever you build a stove the first burn needs to be outside, burn paint and chemicals will not be good to breath.
     
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    I've been planning on building one very similar to what you have there. I like the idea of top loading the stove, and that's what mine will do.

    Nice job. :)
     
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    Great idea brother.
     
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    Im a fan! Seen similar on boats using a old bbq propane can! Hinged doors on front. Cut out the valve to take a pipe. Coolest version. Was not in a boat. Way to hot for that. They welded two pieces of sheet steel inside. Angled one above the other on opposite sides. Created a pocket to trap hot gas. A flue was cut in the side to add oxygen to the gas mix. Was a blow torch at times!
     
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    Is this the same as the Far North Bushcraft stove?
     
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    nice, it is hard to follow who did what
     
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    Lonnie and I are friends, we hunt together. He of course has a YT channel and that is how I first met him. I do not. When I want to get some piece of bush craft knowledge to the world I show it to Lonnie and he is very good at demonstrating it. Some times he will mention me. Charlie. Sometime not but its not important. What is important to me is that knowledge is passed on to others. In my opinion that is what these channels are good for.
     
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    Great policy
     
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    Possible lead for folks looking for 5 gal. metal buckets. My locally owned historic movie theater cooks their popcorn using coconut oil. They buy it in 5 gal. metal buckets. When they empty one, they set it outside by their dumpster. I've scored two while simply walking my dog past the theater. They're awesome buckets.
     
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    Nice job.....
    Most can stoves I have seen have a door on the front...and as the can has a curved side...door doens't fit well....hard to control.

    Many have a layer or sand on the bottom to help with burn out.
    Thanks for posting....
     
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    Thank you, I have to keep a kettle of water or something on the lid. Otherwise it can puff when the gases ignite and blow the lid off. Hinges would be a good idea but I like having some hot water available anyway so a kettle works just fine for me. I have not used sand in the bottom but rather let the ash build up and insulate the bottom. I don't expect this stove to last much longer then 5 or 6 years and its really easy to build a new one. I just like playing with stove constructions and fire. Sure comes in handy to dry out on cold wet nights when hunting.
     
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    @AK Trapper where did you get the nested stove pipes? Nice build by the way.
     
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    Thank you for commenting, I get nesting stove pipe from this store, http://alaskatent.com/walltents/accessories.html. They are first class people and build tents right in the store. They sell stoves and accessories like stove pipe. I really like it because it takes up less space when I'm traveling, usually by boat. Here is a better link. http://alaskatent.com/walltents/accessories/sheetstoves.html
     
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    Make sure you empty out the dead coals and ashes.....they collect moisture.....that bottom will not last
    5-6 years......
    Then again like you said...bucket are cheap.....
    I like it.......
     
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    Hello folks
    As mentioned, I do have a video on constructing a 5 gallon bucket stove. Indeed my friend Charley was the inspiration for that stove in that video. I have bad lungs ( lifelong asthma) and wanted to minimize the smoke entering the shelter so made my stove with a side door instead of the top loader that Ak Trapper uses. As it turns out, mine still often times smokes anyway when stoking it. I believe mine smokes due to not a strong enough draft. I used a 3 inch stove pipe on mine because I wanted to conserve bucket top space to use for cooking. I believe that if I had used a 4 inch stove pipe that the stove would draft better. I also get my stove pipe from the same place that Ak Trapper gets his. That store is Alaska tent and Tarp. I have tried to learn other sources for the nesting pipes but they are very hard to find in different sizes.
     
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    Hi Lonnie, Glad to see you here. I think the stoves are great, either a front loader like yours or a top loader like mine. They definitely are a blessing to have on those cold fall or winter nights. The cost is almost nothing, and they do work.
     
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    AK Trapper I agree. I have had my 5 gallon bucket stove in my tarp tipi hot tent at around 5 or 6 degrees below zero Fahrenheit and the stove did a great job at making the tipi quite comfortable. Incidentally as you already know, the tarp tipi hot tent design was also inspired from my experiences of staying in yours on one of our caribou hunting trips. A great little shelter for inclement weather.
     

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