Watching public TV and saw a stove they made
because people were spending all day gathering wood
then had smoke in their face while cooking.
I wanted to do some canning so I built one.
The first one I built sitting on the ground,
like in the show.
But I don't like to squat while cooking so the next year I raised and improved it.
Version 2 in it's hayday:
It wasn't just raised,
The chimney was searing hot so I swapped in a propane water heater for a chimney.
Thought I'd put another single spot on the side but never used it for anything
other than lighting the fire under the water heater to get it to draw.
After last winter:
So it was either fix it or rebuild and make some of the improvements I'd like.
I started by remixing some of the stuff from the old one
and pouring it in a "form" made of some 7' magnesium angle iron I had.
Let it sit and get a little hard then
stacked 2 layers of urbanite level on it:
Under the water heater I'm using some concrete blocks I had.
The inspector stopped by and pointed out that the third layer
is more of a tub.
With urbanite around the edge and the middle filled with rocks and clay.
Those 2 blocks weren't supposed to be there.
One of the improvements is to make it taller inside.
I like to use a hoe to move wood.
Not much room for it in the last one.
So the water heater needed to sit higher.
With the tub in the middle I used a piece of metal stretched across it
to raise it and help support the 2 front legs
which were a little close to the edge of the blocks.
The legs will sit on the bricks.
Started on the walls when the inspector stopped by again and pointed out the ridge.
I was also going to make this one wider.
So there is space to set jars or food that needs kept warm/hot.
By setting the jars on the hot surface when canning
it prewarms them and makes it less likely they will crack when hot sauce is poured in.
I made the base wide but didn't take full advantage of it when I stacked the walls
Here it is wider, with the door set in.
Improvement #3 is the possibility to use a rocket stove in that lower hole.
I used regular steel in the last one and it rotted.
This time it's stainless that gets used to bridge the top and help support the clay/straw/sand while it's hardening.
The metal pipe to the right of the door gets pounded into the ground and the door rests against it when open.
Because the inside raises up toward the water heater
and the top is level
the front will be thicker than the back.
Lot's of mud to apply to the inside and out.
Any comments on possible other improvements are encouraged.