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    Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    So I'm currently building six wood stoves for a customer and I need some help. The stove design is the customer's but he didn't have a door design. I have the door worked out but the handle/latch is giving me fits. Does anyone have a simple yet effective design you'd be willing to share? I'm even trying to find a pre-made handle/latch to buy and install just to save time vs me spending an hour or two designing and fabbing up something. I've got one completed but I'm not particularly impressed with how it turned out.

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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    Just use round bar, bent. They sell a spiral grip that slides over the bar, lets air pass to cool the handle. Easy peasy.

    My stove the round bar goes through, it has a flap on he inside, and the stove side has a wedge shape on the side. Wedges for tightness.

    Edit. Just like the door in he pic.

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    How about a piece of 1/2" rod bent at about 80 degrees with a spring handle. The bent rod would pass through the door with a piece of flatbar welded to the end that would engage a strike plate on the stove. The plate would have an angled cut to it that as the handle is turned, the door would tighten to the stove. I will see if I can find a pic.
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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    Yes what brendonv said. Must have been typing at the same time. His explanation is better.
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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    That is similar to what I did on the one in the pic except the wedge is on the outside and rests against a hook that is threaded where it goes through the stove wall so it can be adjusted. I just don't like how the handle has some slop... I'm trying to figure out how to tighten things up for a better feel when opening and closing. I welded washers to the one in the pic to hold it in place and there is no way to adjust the handle.
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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    How about a close up pic of your handle and latch?
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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    This is my first design and I'm not particularly proud of it.

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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    This design is from k.a.m. over at The Smoke Ring.

    Should give you some ideas.
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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    I'm in the process of converting a propane cylinder into a wood stove and just yesterday dealt with the door, exactly as described here. I also added a stop so the handle doesn't flop around when in the open position.






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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    I like the wedge handle. A lot better than the one your not proud of. I want to make a wood furnace someday. Gas is too much these days.

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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    if you use the one you have get rid if the bolt and replace it with plate. (It doesnt look right).
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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    Your stoves look great Mud. Been watching your projects....

    I like the idea of the latch being outside the firebox, but I don't like the idea of something being there to snag on stuff.

    The idea above, to keep the same design, but replace the bolt with plate is a good one. You could also take the wedge off the latch, and move it to the plate, which should make it easier to duplicate.

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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

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    Close up, just a notched flat bar that it hooks into

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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    Sorry, didn't realize I had the pic in the first post. Hard to tell what your doing on a phone.

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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    Here's a crude model of what I was trying to explain... not to scale or structurally engineered, and that handle will get hot without the springy thing...


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    Good ideas guys. I think I am trying too hard to have the latch adjustable. A simple wedge system like your examples will do what I need to do. Time to break out the plasma cutter and make some "wedge plates"!
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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    You want it snug, give it a wedgie.
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    Go with the internal wedge style and round bar. They snug up on rope seals really well and are still adjustable by bending the round bar once installed. I adjusted mine on my new to me stove in the living room using a map gas torch and a crescent wrench.
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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    Buy 3 cheap chipping hammers with the spring and cut them.
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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    I used a chipping handle and a piece of flat bar for a door latch. I just made the door handle and latch yesterday as a matter of fact. .

    I've been slowly working on this portable stove for a few months as I'm in no rush with this project. The door is removable and so is the top burner plate, chimney pipe, removable exhaust baffle (to keep the heat in) and a 1" wood floor grate. These features are designed to keep it light weight during transport and storage. It's two 5gal propane tanks I welded together. I left the bottom propane base "ring on one barrel, in order to store the stove in an upright position. I welded a 2 1/2" air vent pipe at the bottom of the door and used angle iron as a door frame. Then I cut out adjustable air vents on the door itself.
    Pretty crude, but it's going in a hunting cabin I use. I need to smooth out rough spots and spatter still. I welded most (not all) with a stick welder, just for smaw practice. I still need the removable legs and a paint burn-off, before I paint it all black. Almost done!

    **** All the pictures here show the stove in the upright (storage) position, looking down on it. In use, the stove will sit parallel to the ground. I don't have the legs on it to lay it down properly.
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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    Here's a site with spring handles if you don't want to sacrifice your chipping hammer.

    http://www.kck.com/bbq_pit_spring_ha...ood_stove.html

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    Re: Wood stove handle/latch ideas?

    I built a basic wood stove to heat my motorhome about 20+ years ago from a 9 gallon propane tank. Photos attached.

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    It is crude and ugly, and I very much needed an additional heat source at the time, but it works great, is large enough for reasonably normal size logs, and can be shut down or off to burn a fire all night.

    The door latch setup, as can be seen, is quite crude. The turnbuckle simplified being able to tighten down the latch enough that the door can be make to seal tightly against the flat part of the round base ring of the tank.

    My only suggestion is that when designing the latch, make it adjustable somehow, or at least use a wedge shape so that it tightens automatically when it closes so that pressure is applied to the door seal when closing the door. A simple non-adjustable catch or latch won't accomplish this, especially when considering expansion and contraction, or the possibility of having to change the gasket when the thickness of it may be different than the old one. Make sure the latch can apply pressure to hold the door closed tightly no matter where the contact point of closure is or the thickness of the sealing surface changes.

    The front door of this stove is made from an old Volvo flywheel, and the spin-adjustable air vent is made from an air pump pulley with a bolt welded into the center hole, and a nut welded across the hole in the flywheel to accommodate the bolt. The bottom of the propane tank is the front of the stove and the ring at the bottom provided a flat surface for the flywheel to seat against without the need for any kind of gasket or seal. I just bolted an old door hinge to the flywheel and welded a piece of plate to the stove to bolt the hinge onto the stove. Crude but effective.

    I signed into this forum to gain some insight into my next design upgrade when I build my next stove.

    I'm not real proud of this stove, but it really works well and it keeps me very warm and has done so for decades. This stove has outlived the first motorhome I lived in.

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    I'll keep watching for more ideas here on this forum.

    I live in Alaska and it can get cold here in winter obviously.

    Thanks.
    Trace

    P.S. I'm sorry my photos came out upside down....not sure how to fix that...
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