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    I-beam wood stove

    Last year I had an old wood stove faceplate laying around and decided to build my own heater for my shop. Afterwards I built 2 more using similar face plates from barrel woodstove kits and to my surprise they sold quite quickly. Now that I have a CNC machine I'm planning on designing my own door and air intake so I can cut out the costs of barrel stove kits in the future. My boss is giving me a killer deal on I-beam too (roughly $0.82 a pound) and I can build the grate from stuff we throw in the hoppers. I'm thinking I'm gonna make a pretty penny on the side this fall and winter...
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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    They kook nice but the expanded metal will be short lived.

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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    what makes it an I-beam stove?
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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    Quote Originally Posted by Louie1961 View Post
    what makes it an I-beam stove?
    Glad I wasn't the first to ask. But I am asking also. What makes it an I-beam stove?
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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    Quote Originally Posted by Louie1961 View Post
    what makes it an I-beam stove?
    I use 4 pieces of 10# 12" I-beam, cut the lips off the top and bottom, then weld them into an octagon shape
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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    Quote Originally Posted by Louie1961 View Post
    what makes it an I-beam stove?
    Quote Originally Posted by Freebirdwelds View Post
    Glad I wasn't the first to ask. But I am asking also. What makes it an I-beam stove?

    I was wondering also.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sberry View Post
    They kook nice but the expanded metal will be short lived.
    Oh I know the wood grates won't last, they always disintegrate after a few seasons. Mines lasted 2 so far and it's still holding up. And I can always make more
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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    The stoves look really nice
    Great job.

    But I agree, that bottom rack won’t cut it at all. It will end up twisting like a pretzel.

    Instead of the rack, I would probably use fire brick.
    They make thin fire brick for that purpose.

    I used them once in a pizza oven.
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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    I've had many people ask about lining the stove with fire bricks, but I had to have a way for air to get under to help the fire breathe. So far the grate has only bowed a little, I anticipate it to last about 2 or 3 more years, then I'll grab more scrap outta the hopper and build another one.

    I will say this, these stoves are incredibly efficient. After the chimney gets hot you can dampen it down almost to where it's closed, takes a good amount of time to burn through wood and it's hard to see any smoke come out the chimney
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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    Can you give a bit more info on using the soft copper pipe to heat water? How well does it work? Is the water pumped through floor or radiators? Pics also please or that setup.

    Edit: Now I notice a blurry image of a small radiator with a fan(s) in one picture. And another picture of the fired stove with no coil on the stack, but a much better view of the radiator.

    Any safety built in to the system in case power to fans go out?
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    That was a little science experiment of mine. It's a thermal syphoning heat exchanger. As far as a safety goes there's a reservoir attached to the top that has a vent. If the fan isn't on the water boils and steams out, there's no pressure in the system
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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    If you can find some grade 6 rebar to make the fire grate out of, it would be good. It makes a 20 year grate.

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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    Heater firebox looks good, weld beads look like they could use some more practice.

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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    I hate to be the "woodstove police",, but, you should check the laws regarding selling woodstoves.

    Many places even selling the used 1970's "PAPA BEAR" type stoves are totally outlawed. The stoves MUST be scrapped.

    Stoves must meet emissions etc,, tests.

    And one of those stoves can void a homeowner fire insurance policy.

    An individual that worked for my sister had a woodstove in a home he owned.
    The county gave him a few thousand dollars, and required that concrete was filled into his chimney.
    He bought some sort of heat pump with the money.

    There can be pretty stiff fines for selling a DIY wood stove,, that kinda eliminates the fun of building the stoves,,,

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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    Yeah I was thinking the same thing when I first saw the pictures.

    But I think if you sell them on a small scale/on the down low or by word of mouth you should be OK.

    I certainly would not try to start some sort of business making them.
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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    Quote Originally Posted by N2 Welding View Post
    weld beads look like they could use some more practice.
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    The pictures are not very clear

    Looks like maybe flux core?

    Anyway, I don’t see any problem with the Welds.

    Looks good.
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    Good that the grate lasts that long. They could be brick lined, not all stoves use grates.

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    It's all about how you market them that matters, when I sold them I put NOT FOR HOME USE! ONLY FOR SHOPS. Although I can't confirm that it's a bulletproof method (how the hell do people on Etsy get away with it?)

    And no it's not flux core, I stick welded the body together and I know my stick welding is subpar. In my defense though I did use 6011 rod, and it's hard to lay a great looking bead with those, but they work great for filling the seams. Been taking scrap plates home to practice my welds with 6011 and 6013, I still got a ways to go but I'm getting better
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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    Why not cap it with 7018?

    If you want it to look purty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Part-time View Post
    It's all about how you market them that matters, when I sold them I put NOT FOR HOME USE! ONLY FOR SHOPS. Although I can't confirm that it's a bulletproof method (how the hell do people on Etsy get away with it?)

    And no it's not flux core, I stick welded the body together and I know my stick welding is subpar. In my defense though I did use 6011 rod, and it's hard to lay a great looking bead with those, but they work great for filling the seams. Been taking scrap plates home to practice my welds with 6011 and 6013, I still got a ways to go but I'm getting better
    You are correct about how you market them.

    However “ Not for home use! Only for shops” insinuates the stoves ARE safe for shop use.


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    Pictures are hard on the welding,,, really shows even minor flaws that will be nearly invisible with paint or rust after a little bit.

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    7018 rod is a little more pricey compared to 6011 and 6013. Plus I already have 50# of both and only about 6# of 7018 I'm probably gonna save for fixing tractor implements and such.

    Sucks that there's so much red tape for these things, honestly I feel like it's a well thought out design, no leaks and when you shut the air intake and close the dampener the fire goes out as it should. Maybe I'll just label it as a camp stove? Idk, Indiana isnt as strict on things as California would be I suppose
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    Quote Originally Posted by Part-time View Post
    It's all about how you market them that matters, when I sold them I put NOT FOR HOME USE! ONLY FOR SHOPS. Although I can't confirm that it's a bulletproof method (how the hell do people on Etsy get away with it?)

    And no it's not flux core, I stick welded the body together and I know my stick welding is subpar. In my defense though I did use 6011 rod, and it's hard to lay a great looking bead with those, but they work great for filling the seams. Been taking scrap plates home to practice my welds with 6011 and 6013, I still got a ways to go but I'm getting better
    Personally I’d just whip it together with the millermatic 200 . It would be 100 times faster.
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    Re: I-beam wood stove

    Well they look good, work good. You'll get the rest sorted. Just keep plugging along.
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