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Saturday, October 23, 2010

What do you get when you cross tarps, a wood stove and a circular saw?

A sore back!!
Yesterday I put up the awning on the camper to make sure everything is OK.  Then I put the screened in room on the awning and retrofitted it with poly tarps.  This gives us an outdoor room at deer camp.  A place to peel off muddy/snowy boots hang up coats or rifles.  I have a section of outdoor carpeting that I put on the ground that goes inside of it.  It's pretty handy.

I also tarp the ends of the bunk area on the camper.  Helps with my patches and also creates an air pocket that helps with condensation when the heat is on in the camper.  The screened part of the awning room now has the tarps on it which makes it wind and rain proof.

Now the wood stove part!
I picked up a couple insulated stove pipes from a guy at work and we had this old wood stove in the barn.
It actually used to be in the basement of the house and at one time heated the whole house.  
I figured it was a good time to put in the wood shop.  So with the help of a fellow co-worker and his furniture dolly we hauled it out of the barn and into the shop.  Thanks Tony!!
I picked up the rest of my stove pipe and caps and reducers and all that jazz and began the install.
I have never installed a wood stove so I took my time and contemplated every decision thoroughly.  A mistake in this department could lead to tragedy.
First thing I needed to do was cut a hole in the roof.  There was a pre-existing hole where an old furnace vent went through so I used that spot.  Just made it bigger.  My pipe is 10 inches around.  Let me rephrase that--the stovepipe is 10 inches around.  I surely don't need any solicitations from the porn industry.
Go figure from wood stove to porn in 2 sentences.  I love being a guy!!

The 4x4 you see on the left of the hole will be my support beam.  There will be another 10 inches to the right of that one.  I will screw some brackets to the pipe and let it rest on the 4x4s.  The two sections of pipe weigh around 50 lbs.
I had to do some precise measuring because when I slid the stove into place I didn't want the weight of the insulated pipes resting on the 90 degree elbow that protrudes from the back of the stove.  I wanted it to just slide into place and have all the weight suspended on the 4x4s.  It fit perfect.  What did you expect a bunch of re-work?  Yeah me too.  It was either luck, skill or because I hadn't opened a cold one yet.

Here is the sections of the insulated pipe
Here is the stove with it's regular pipe.
I would say that the stove weighs in at about 300 lbs or so.
It was no picnic moving it around.

Here it is installed into the corner
Here it is on fire!!

It has dual blowers on the back of it but I re-wired it so only one works.  The whole unit is overkill but who cares.  I built a small fire and in no time flat the whole shop was ridiculously warm.
And of course i would have never accomplished this feat without the help of my two friends.

Have I said how much I like these two?

Today I have to finish the roof part and secure everything down.  I also want to make a reflector shield to put behind the black stove pipe to reflect the heat forward and away from the wood wall.
Then clean because we are having a pumpkin carving competition on Sunday after we get back from the cider mill.  Yummm Donuts!!


  1. Nice job on both projects. Looks like you're ready for the hunt.

  2. Funny post! I gotta admit that I raised an eyebrow because I thought you were going to heat the camper with a wood stove. Also had a good belly laugh at your pipe reference. You're a very humorous writer and I look forward to reading your witty posts!

  3. Thanks Big Dude I ended up re-doing it because I didn't have adequate clearance. better safe then sorry. Now I won't worry!

  4. Hey Vickie,
    I really appreciate your comments. With only a few followers and not much for comments it's these little things that keep me blogging.


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