9 replies [Last post]
Offline
Joined: 12/21/2006
Posts: 3
30 Gallon Drum for heat

Has anybody used a 30 gallon drum and bought the kit to convert it to a fire box to use inside a tent for heat?  Was going to buy a tent stove, but for the prices of a big one of around $400.00, it looks like I can make one for less than $100.00.  A 30 gallon would be about the size of the larger tent stoves.  55 gallon would be to large. A draw back that I see would be that it sits low to the ground compared to a stove.  I would think it would put out as much heat as a stove.

I would be using this for 4-6 nights, once a year.  That is why I am having a hard time justify spending the $400.00 for a stove.  We sleep in a 15X17 canvas tent.  We used a two burner propane heater last year and it just didn't heat the tent up real well.  We did not have a problem with condensation like I thought we might.  Nighttime temps were down in the teens, day time was between 30-45.

Any thoughts?  Anybody use this method.  There is a You-Tube video of a guy that goes through how to convert a drum to a fire box. 

 

 

GooseHunter Jr's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/28/2005
Posts: 3744
There was a group a few years

There was a group a few years ago camped next to us elk hunting and they had two of them in a huge wall tent.  He sais he had used the same barrel for many a years and have nver had any issues and they give off great heat.

Topgun 30-06's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Allegan, MI
Joined: 12/11/2010
Posts: 695
Before going to all that

Before going to all that trouble and having to find or cut wood I would just buy a second propane heater and just make sure you have proper ventilation and a carbon monoxide detector as a safety precaution.  That's what I use in my camper and have never had any problems out in Wyoming up to about 8,000' elevation for the last 13 years.

Critter's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: Western Colorado
Joined: 03/26/2009
Posts: 3921
Propane works real well, that

Propane works real well, that is until it gets real cold.  I have been of quite a few hunting trips where we were tenting it and using propane to cook with.  I have seen it cold enough to where the propane would freeze and you couldn't even get a pot of coffee to boil not to mention trying to cook something on the grill.

jaybe's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: S.E. Michigan
Joined: 10/19/2010
Posts: 817
I think you have a great idea

I think you have a great idea there. A 30-gallon drum ought to be a great size for a tent like that.

  A draw back that I see would be that it sits low to the ground compared to a stove. 

I would think that part of that $100 you're planning on spending would include legs of whatever height you want. That way you can get it up high enough that you can easily load it and also set a pair of boots under it to dry after a day in the field.

Add a door and the necessary stack and heat shield or collar for it to go through to the outside, and you should have it!

Good Luck - - be sure to show us a picture of the completed project. Thumbs up

 

Topgun 30-06's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Allegan, MI
Joined: 12/11/2010
Posts: 695
That can and will happen with

That can and will happen with those type of hookups with hose attachments.  I have used what we are talking about down into the single digits many times and with the direct hookups those heaters have right into the bottle valve I've never had a problem.  I did have one freezeup in a long line under my camper going to my stove one morning and it took care of itself as it warmed up during the day, but that's about it in all the years I've been out to Wyoming.  They do make smaller wood stoves that fold right up when you're traveling and the vent pipes nest together for easy storage.  I know those are available through Cabelas, but I don't know whether one would heat a big tent like he's talking about though.

buckykm1's picture
Offline
Location: Vicksburg, Mi
Joined: 11/24/2010
Posts: 337
heaters

I have 14' x 16' tent, i use a 30,000 to 80,000 btu propane heater in it, i have been useing it for about 7 years now, it work great, i bought it at Northern Tool for about a $100.00                         I think it is called a covection heater.

 

Kevin

Topgun 30-06's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Allegan, MI
Joined: 12/11/2010
Posts: 695
Hey bucky!  I'm just a shout

Hey bucky!  I'm just a shout away from you in Allegan!!!

buckykm1's picture
Offline
Location: Vicksburg, Mi
Joined: 11/24/2010
Posts: 337
Hi

Hi

you are close to me. it looks like you like to Elk hunt too, i just applied for a MT elk tag. i go out west every year elk hunting for 2 weeks. DIY.

Kevin

Offline
Joined: 04/24/2010
Posts: 19
Barrel Stoves

I made one with TWO barrels once. One on top of the other, and the top one is just a smoke chamber. You can get a kit for this type as well. It worked great.

I'm gonna get a lightwieght GI sardine can for backpack  camping. Had one before, and it really worked well and didn't wiegh much. But dirty!

All you guys, regardless of what you use, make sure it vents outside properly. Don't use anything that is supposedly "ventless". 

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
IN HEAT URINE for sale!!Zachattack009/17/2007 18:00 pm
If it was'nt for...........chrisp409/22/2011 03:38 am
Any idea how big this bear is? claw2horn1612/10/2013 09:39 am
Any idea how big this bear is? claw2horn007/24/2013 00:44 am
Great buy! Dont pass this upbarnold111/18/2005 22:30 pm