Dennis: mine is going to be much smaller and generally more packed with wood while in use.
I don’t have anything like that available/affordable and if I did, I could think of a lot of better uses for such a tank.
Also, that is a small footprint for a huge wood stove of that capability, but way more than I’d need and still quite large. I’ll be within about 5 feet of this anytime I’m working out there so it should keep me quite toastie.
I think I’m going to go with a more standard horizontal setup with a front door and a chimney off the back top. That should allow easy feeding but also I could heat up a kettle or skillet on the top between welding bouts.
The other, vertical, design would have a top “trap door” for feeding next to the hot chimney but that would also make the flame come out the feed chute when I opened it to add more wood. The reduced footprint would have been negated by having to have wider legs/stance to maintain stability. One benefit to a vertical design is that once it was hot, I could just dump in a handful of wood chips or pellets and have them smolder/burn which I couldn’t really do with a horizontal “LoafStove”.
I need to figure out a way to calculate my needed Primary Air, Secondary Air, and Exhaust piping dimensions. I think I currently have 3/4", (some) 1", and a fair amount of 2.5" pipe, though the 3/4" and 2.5" are both galvanized stuff that I’d have to treat with a strong vinegar to clean it off before heating/welding.
So far, I have the walls all welded together and welded onto the base/back plate. Some of the welds are on the inside, some are on the outside. I wouldn’t be able to see my arc/pool if I tried to do all the welds on the insides and I’m not good enough of a welder yet to trust that I’m doing a good job just by sound/feel.
Next, I am going to cut out the front door and “frame” it in the back with banding and add a flange/skirt thing out of banding on door to help seal the opening when the door is closed. I’ll also goop them with some “stove cement” to add to the sealing… I’ll try to do an MSPaint diagram to show what I mean… :EDIT: Posted MSPaint diagram of door sealing system.
PS: I really don’t know why some of my pictures here are coming out sideways… On my phone, and other places that I’ve uploaded them, they come out fine.