September 20, 2021

Outdoor Kitchen: Cookstove Progress in Pictures

Continued from here.

This will become the oven.

We needed a stand for the oven rack, so Dan welded one.

Stand for oven rack

Oven door opening under construction.

Side view.

How to make a base for bricks going over the top of the door opening.





This will secure the door in place.

Oven door opening with rack stand in place.

Overhead shot of the oven rack on the stand.

Custom made oven door by Dragon Tech, who specializes 
in doors and accessories for batch box rocket stoves.

The oven door is insulated with rock wool.

Oven side of the stove is done. 

Dan is currently working on the front side, where the firebox is. He's doing it with the oven and firebox on opposite sides because that's the way the plans are. He'd have probably done a whole lot differently, but for a first go with batch box masonry stove, it seemed like a good idea to follow some plans.

Rainy days have enabled most of the progress. With more rain in the forecast, I should have even more progress to show you soon. 

18 comments:

daisy g said...

Looking good!

Rosalea said...

Beautiful. That man is multi-talented! Looking forward to the 'test bake'.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Impressive is an under-representative word for this. But it is very impressive.

I find it admirable (and amazing) that this can be visualized as it is being built from plans. I am very spatially challenged; see this in the construction phase is just all rather confusing to me.

Leigh said...

Daisy, thanks!

Leigh said...

Rosalea, me too!

Leigh said...

TB, to be honest, this has been a frustrating project for Dan. The plans are poorly written. They are meant to be supplemented by videos, but each video shows a different variation of the stove in the plan. Add to that, the firebox/core is a new concept for us, so there's no previous experience to work off of to adjust the plan.

For awhile, I thought the project would be abandoned, but then Dan talked to Tom at Dragon Tech and that helped tremendously. So he's pressed on, thankfully!

The real proof of efficiency is yet to be seen. We're hoping to fire it up for a trial run soon.

Fiona said...

This is fantastic. Dan is a national treasure!

Goatldi said...

I smell pizza 😊

Ed said...

I think we've been polar opposites all year long. You were dry and now wet and we were wet and now dry. Somewhere south of me and north of you there is a sweet spot.

Can't wait to see you fire that up and post your results.

Leigh said...

Fiona, the thing about Dan is, he's willing to give something a try. He really likes YouTube for learning new skills, and then he's willing to see what he can do. If you ask him, he'd probably point out what he sees as flaws, but to me, those are invisible. :)

Leigh said...

Happily, the oven will accommodate my pizza stone!

Leigh said...

Ed, interesting, isn't it? But somehow, I doubt a true sweet spot exists! Part of life is learning how to live with what we get. :)

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Wow that looks great! Nice job

Leigh said...

Thanks, Nancy!

wyomingheart said...

Such a talent, Leigh! It looks so wonderful, and I am envious of your pizza future! You and Dan are such an inspiration to our farm life! Thanks for sharing!

Leigh said...

Wyomingheart, you're welcome! It's too bad the plans aren't very good, or I'd recommend them. Still, good information was gained through the experience. We're hoping to do an improved masonry stove in the living room next year.

Wendy said...

Your outdoor stove is SWEET! I have to admit to a little twinge of envy. Can't wait to see it put to use ;).

Leigh said...

Wendy, thanks! It's something I've wanted for a long time. It's almost hard to believe it's finally happening!