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    How To Build a Wood-burning Cookstove From a Steel Barrel
    July 6, 2013

    If you can get a hold of a steel barrel W. Wayne Robertson over on Country side magazine can show you how to turn it into a wood burning cookstove. This would be handy for folks that are offgrid or even hunters in a cabin.



    http://www.countrysidemag.com/88-6/w_wayne_robertson/

    Many people are familiar with wood heaters made from steel barrels. This is a description of how to make a wood cook stove from a barrel. An effort has been made to keep it simple so that you will not need special skills like welding or forging. The only tools needed are a drill, a jigsaw (with hacksaw blade), tape measure, and simple hand tools.
    The barrel

    You will need a sturdy 55-gallon steel barrel with both ends attached. Avoid a badly rusted barrel, etc. With a hammer and screwdriver, cut out the end of the barrel that has the plug in it. This will be the floor of the fire box. The smooth, plain end will be the cooking surface. After the end is removed, be sure to clean the inside, if needed.

    The stovepipe opening



    The stovepipe opening should be on the top (the plain end of the barrel) and near the back (where the seam is). Set a section of stovepipe on the top of the barrel about an inch from where the seam runs down the back. With a pencil, trace a circle on the top of the barrel using the inside of the pipe as a guide. Remove the pipe. With a jar lid or whatever you have, draw another circle inside the stove pipe circle. The radius of the small circle should be about 3/4 inch less than that of the large circle. Drill a pilot hole in the small circle. Then with the saw, cut out the small circle and discard it. Next, mark and saw 1/2-inch wide tabs up to the large circle. With pliers bend these tabs up. The stovepipe will fit down over these tabs. Later you will bolt the pipe to the stove top with two “L” braces.


    The stove door

    Next, cut two rectangular openings in the front of the barrel, on the side opposite the seam. There should be two crimped rings running around the barrel, dividing it in thirds. The smaller rectangle (12″ x 8″) should be cut in the upper section. This will be the opening to the fire box. The larger rectangle (14″ x 10″) should be cut in the lower section. Be sure not to cut the ring since it gives strength and stability to the barrel (and the stove). This larger rectangle will be the door. For safety, cut the sharp corners off, but not too much. Save the small rectangle piece for making the draft. Do not flatten the rectangles because the curves fit well.

    Note: If you’re right handed, you may want to place your door handle on the right-hand side, so you can open the door with your left hand and throw in the wood with your right.

    Attaching the door

    You will need an old, well-worn house door hinge. The wear allows for thermal expansion and contraction. Being sure to center the door over the opening, drill holes and hold the hinge to the barrel and the door. One hinge is all you will need.

    The door latch

    The door latch is made from two 3″ x 3″ “L” braces. One will be bolted to the barrel and the other will be bolted to the door itself.

    Cut the end off one brace so it is a 3″ x 1″ brace. Then cut or file a notch about 1/4″ deep into the top of the one-inch end about 1/2″ from the bend. This notch will accept the brace bolted to the door and hold the door closed. Bend over the end of the other brace to make a sort of handle. Bolt both braces into place, making sure the one on the door extends past the edge of the door enough to engage the notch in the one bolt in that brace. It might take some adjustment, but the latch can be made to hold the door snugly in place. You may want to substitute another kind of latch if you have a better idea.

    The firebox floor

    The round disc that was cut out of the bottom of the barrel will be the firebox floor. This will be supported by 3″ x 3″ “L” braces. Six braces spaced evenly, with an extra one at the door, fit well. If you want to use more, it would not hurt. Drill holes in the barrel about an inch below the upper ring. Make sure they are all the same distance from the top, about two inches below the door opening. Bolt the braces to the sides. Be sure the braces hang from the floor and cannot be seen from inside the firebox. Place the disc on the braces, drill holes, and bolt the floor into place. This is a lot harder than it sounds, and would be easier with two people. There will be a crack around the edges, which will be filled in with aluminum foil later.

    The draft

    The air draft at the bottom of the door is a little tricky to make. Cut a piece of curved metal from the leftover piece from cutting the door opening to the firebox. It should be 2-1/2″ high and 9″ long. Make 1/2″ wide vertical markings from end to end. This draft slide is held in place by six carriage bolts. They have a round shaft with threads, topped by a square, which is topped by a rounded head. Your hardware store can help you locate them.

    Drill five holes (two at the top, two at the bottom, and one on the left end) big enough for the shaft of the bolt to pass through, but not big enough for the square to pass through. The slide will move back and forth in the space between the stove door and the round head of the carriage bolts. Install the five bolts and move the slide to the left as far as possible. Then drill a hole in the center through the slide and the door. The size will be dictated by the knob you will use. Through this hole bolt the slide to the door. This will hold everything in place while you drill the air holes. Next, drill three air holes, 3/8″ in diameter, in alternating 1/2″ spaces. (See diagram on page 32.) Be sure to drill through both the slide and the door at the same time so the holes will all line up when the draft is open. The plain 1/2″ spaces will cover the holes in the door when the draft is closed. Remove the slide and drill or cut an opening in the door to allow for the movement of the knob screw. Replace the slide and install the sixth carriage bolt on the right end. Allow space so that the slide covers all the holes in the door when the draft is closed. Finally, attach the knob. This involves a lot of drilling, but it makes a great air draft.

    Final touches

    When you are completely finished making the stove, take it outside and pack it full of firewood and make a huge rip-roaring fire. This will burn all the old paint off the outside. It will also help you locate any flaws or mistakes you may have made while it is in the safety of the outdoors.
    Paint is optional, but about two cans of stove spray paint will make it look much better. Count on some smell when you first use the stove and for a while afterwards.

    The crack around the floor of the firebox can be filled in with aluminum foil. If it is packed in tight it will keep ashes from falling out, but the entire floor will soon be covered with ashes. Always keep a good covering of ashes to protect the firebox floor.

    If you plan to leave the stove in one place you might want to line the inside with half fire bricks. If you plan to use it as a portable stove, the fire bricks probably will not be such a good idea.

    Safety precautions

    Use bolts only. Do not be tempted to scrimp and use sheet metal screws-the bolts will hold much better. Drill the holes in the “L” braces a little bigger to accommodate bigger and stronger bolts.

    Use two 2″ x 2″ “L” braces to attach the stove pipe to the top of the stove. The pipe will fit over the bent-up tabs but it will be better to bolt it in place with the braces.

    Use small bolts to hold the sections of stovepipe to each other and the elbow. Some people use pop rivets, but the bolts do not leave a little hole.

    Always set the stove on a fireproof floor (concrete, brick, rock, etc.), or use a stove mat to protect the floor as well as the proper distances from walls and have a fireproof barrier as needed.

    As with any fire, keep small children away and teach older ones to respect it. The stove can get hot, so be careful yourself.

    Last thoughts

    This barrel cookstove is sturdy enough to use for several years on a regular basis. However, one moderately strong man can lift it up onto a pickup truck and haul it wherever it is needed as a portable stove. This stove does not have an oven, but you could use a box oven or a pot oven on the top.

    The cost of materials (excluding the barrel) should not be more than $25-$30. An effort has been made to use only simple tools, basic skills, and inexpensive supplies.

    http://www.countrysidemag.com/88-6/w_wayne_robertson/
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    FREE Vintage Inspired Printable Spice Jar Labels Project

    DIY Diva website shares free vintage inspired printable spice jar labels. All of us can find and collect glass jars to clean and re purpose into spice jars…. I love free items that help me organize any part of my home. I love sharing with everyone a great deal and free is the best deal of them all !



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    Fun idea for a wind chime!

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    Crafty Candy! 6 cool projects to make -- you still have a tiny bit of the weekend left to get your craft on!

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    4 Ideas How To Recycle An Old Trampoline Frame Into Useful Projects

    Greenhouse
    Recycle an old trampoline frame into a greenhouse to get a jump start on your growing season.



    http://www.howdoesshe.com/how-to-cre...-a-trampoline/


    Garden Arch



    http://jeansmuse.blogspot.co.uk/2010...line-arch.html


    Chicken/Animal Pen
    Recycle an old trampoline frame into a moveable gazing pen for chickens, rabbits, goat or any other critter you can think of.




    Chicken Coop
    Recycle an old trampoline frame into a movable chicken coop/ tractor .



    http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/chic.../#.UXhMbVfm9A4



    More ideas .... http://activerain.com/blogsview/6296...e-on-the-cheap
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    Do you have old T-shirts lying around that you never wear? Here are our creative ideas to repurpose those old tees: http://pub.vitrue.com/lISH

    There are so many fun and beautiful projects that are easy to whip up by using your favorite old tees. Discover how to use T-shirts to accessorize, create a tote, make a wreath and more inspired ideas.

    Scarves : Cut and tie old tees together — no sewing or knitting required.

    INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Remove sleeves, collar and bottom hem. Set aside.
    2. Cut 1” strips horizontally across the shirt to make a dozen or more rings.
    3. Stretch out each loop slightly. Bundle strips together.*
    4. Tie loops together with thin pieces of t-shirt material gathered from sleeves, collar and hem.
    5. Connect loops until desired length is formed.
    *Tip: The more loops you make, the thicker and shorter the finished scarf will become.
    Tip: Create an infinity scarf: Continue to tie the loops until the first and last loops connect.

    Flower Headbands : Grab a tee and create soft, unique headbands for friends, kids or yourself.

    INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Cut a 2” wide strip, long enough to go around your head. Wrap it around your head and mark where ends meet.
    2. Cut 1” off markings to ensure finished band will be snug.
    3. Stitch the ends together by machine or hand. Set aside.
    4. Create a flower petal pattern (4 petals work well) on paper. Cut out.
    5. Trace pattern onto fabric and cut out 3-4 layers of petals.
    6. Layer the petals, stitch straight down the middle and fan out the flower shape.
    7. Stitch the flower design to original headband piece.
    Tip: See how to make other accessories like bracelets and necklaces out of old tees in our guide.

    T-Shirt Tote : Create a chic handmade tote by sewing the bottom hem shut, cutting the sleeves out and leaving the armholes as handles.
    Make a more durable bag: Prepare two totes, then insert one into the other with the outer materials facing each other. Sew aligned handles together at 1/2” seam allowance, and flip inside out.

    Quilts : Decide on the finished size of the quilt, and start with square or rectangle pieces.

    INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Mark a straight edge where the pieces will be cut to include designs and logos. Avoid hems and sleeves. Allow an extra inch for sewing.
    2. Stitch and join all pieces together, side by side. Press seams with warm iron.
    3. Place the t-shirt patchwork, face down on backing material, and cut to match size of patched piece.
    4. Line up edges and stitch all around, leaving a 3” opening at the end. Flip the blanket inside out using the opening. Press, and finish with a top stitch.
    Tip: Use this process to create duvet or pillow covers and check out our pillow cover tutorial.

    Wreaths: Use t-shirt scraps to make a truly one-of-a-kind wreath for your home. Simply knot scraps to a wreath form in alternating colors and designs. Embellish with the t-shirt flowers from the headband tutorial.

    Rugs: Substitute T-shirts for blankets to make our soft, comfortable braided rug.
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    how to turn your empty bottles into self-watering planters video: bit.ly/13iOxtD — with Red Mendoza.
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    Tutorial: Sink Mat Rag Rug



    I have always loved rag rugs. (I love anything which gives me the opportunity to reuse worn out things around my house!) Since sink mats have always looked like latch hook mats to me, I was inspired to make a rug out of them. Use this method to make any size rug you need by simply adding more sink mats!



    Project estimate:
    ◾Sink mats, $1 each (I used two)
    ◾Old sheet set or other fabric scraps, on hand





    See the whole thing ... http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2013/07/sink-mat-rag-rug/
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    I think they used a fiber optic "rope light" under the bed
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    How To Make An Old Fashioned Tire Swing Project



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    Don't get the u hooks. We used to drill, cut, or melt the holes with hot rebar. Then run the ropes thru the holes and tie big knots inside. If the holes got wallowed out, we'd add a big washer inside. What's the purpose of the u hook? Seems like something extra to pinch or catch clothing. If it holds water, stab a few holes in the bottom for it to drain.

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    paint the inside white and the bugs will not be so inclined to join the Par-tay...

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    Suggestion, make sure you keep this sprayed with bug stuff, and/or fill in the lower inside portion of the tire should be filled and sealed to not keep water and/or crittters/bees/and the like.

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    I think I would screw a piece of plywood on top and bottom to cover opening. I'm sure it wouldn't be as fun

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