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DIY tent winter wood stove under $5

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Published on Sep 26, 2012

I made this in tent wood stove for my winter bivy for under $5. I packed in aluminum flashing 24" x 36" and rolled it into a 6" x 36" flue with wire. I dug a shallow trench about 5" by 4" or so (not to critical), from the inside of my tent area to about a foot outside and covered it with stones and dirt (you must seal all holes). I made the fire entrance at the bottom of the hole (watch the video) about 4" x 4" and the flue 6". That makes the flue area roughly twice the intake area. This is important to provide the strong draft needed to keep smoke out of the tent and to allow gravity fuel feeding. I cooked over a stone, but next time I'm packing in a steel plate to cook on and improve the in tent heat. the fire hole needs to have 8" to 12" vertical sides to gravity feed. (for gravity feed the wood can have no other option except to fall straight down. If the sides are not tall enough the wood will fall out into the tent and smoke the place up while you are trying to sleep)

I'm working on a rain cap for the flue. Mud works a lot better than dirt for sealing the top of the trench and base of the flue. I'm sure this design can be improved on and I'd like to hear about it when you do.

I also made a wall tent for less than $7 out of 4 mil plastic. I used the same video but if you are interested in the particulars I posted them in the "DIY winter tent with wood stove under $7"

Making and using this thing makes me rejoice that our world was made by a designer that has me in mind. (you know I'm His favorite) (of course I accept He has over six billion favorites, He's got a lot of love)

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