Our latest project has been putting an outdoor wood burning stove out near the small cabin with a cover, so we can cook on it in the spring and fall. Of course, we will use it in the winter as well to warm up or just to enjoy.
The small cabin has a small wood stove in it, but it can get pretty hot in the cabin when you’re cooking on it, and being that we have been spending more time in the small cabin, we had to come up with a better way of cooking our meals. With fire bans on due to the wildfires the last few years in our area, we had to come up with something that would be allowed.
The outdoor wood stove will need a few modifications in order to be able to use next summer, but it won’t take much to do.
Requirements for outdoor wood stoves are that they don’t have an open burning flame, which means we will have to fix the doors as the glass is missing from one door and damaged on the other. Also they are required to have a fire proof back, easy fix. We plan on building a rock wall at the back of the stove. So really not much to do to meet the local requirements to be able to still have a fire outside, but most importantly for us to be able to have something to cook on.
The wood stove we are using for this project came out of the main house. The last occupants had crammed this wood stove into the fireplace and used it that way. So we hauled it out and here it is.
The logs for this project came from trees on the property except for one dead standing that we took from the road coming in.
Nathan peeled all the bark off the trees before getting them ready to put together and put up. Here is a picture of him cutting one of the logs for the roof.
The only purchase that was necessary for this project was the tin for the roof, all the lumber came from the addition we had torn off of the main cabin. The plywood used for the roof also came from the addition that was taken off the main cabin last year.
Before putting any of the logs up we dug 4 holes about 18″ or so deep and poured concrete, then a metal bracket was put in that the logs would sit on. Nathan cut into the bottom of the logs and when they were put up the metal bar slid right into the bottom of the log.
The concrete was left to harden up for awhile. We prepped the logs and had lunch and gathered up the lumber for the roof while the concrete was hardening up.
You can see here that I had started to paint the wood stove. I ran out of paint, will have to take a picture of it after fully painted and update.
We still have a bit of work to do to complete our outdoor cook house but I’m sure glad to have this to use this fall and winter.
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