Heiney Keg Wood Stove for Tarp?
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Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Heiney Keg Wood Stove for Tarp? on 02/14/2010 10:44:58 MST Print View

I would like to get opinions on the best way to convert a Heiney Keg (steel) to a wood stove for winter use in my tarp (Warbonnet Superfly with doors). I noticed that Tinney at MBD had done a few and given up on the design. I am not a fan of him or MBD, but the idea is a solid one. Has anyone done something similar? Weight is not an issue, but packability is (i will be using a pulk sled).

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Anyone? on 02/15/2010 08:47:49 MST Print View

No ideas?

Troy Ammons
(tammons) - F
Heiney Keg Wood Stove for Tarp on 02/15/2010 09:49:54 MST Print View

Are you talking about one of the large cans, like the 1 gallon can ??

Donald Kevilus
(fourdogstove) - F

Locale: Woodlands
Wood stove on 02/15/2010 10:03:20 MST Print View

Check out the book by Ole Wik "Woodstoves how to make and use them" You can find it on amazon .com . It is the bible for anyone that wants to make there own tent stove.

Justin McMinn
(akajut) - F

Locale: Central Oklahoma
Re: Heiney Keg Wood Stove for Tarp? on 02/15/2010 10:34:55 MST Print View


>> Bender <<
(Bender) - MLife

Locale: NEO
Re: Re: Heiney Keg Wood Stove for Tarp? on 02/15/2010 11:05:46 MST Print View

This thread has a lot of info on wood gas stoves.

Scott Littlefield
(sclittlefield) - F

Locale: Northern Woods of Maine
stove w/ tarp on 02/15/2010 12:51:38 MST Print View

This post doesn't have much on the actual stove part, but has some good pics on using a wood stove with a tarp that you may find useful.


Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Re: Heiney Keg Wood Stove for Tarp on 02/15/2010 15:33:22 MST Print View

Just to clarify, i will be using a 5 liter Heiney mini KEG, made of steel, not aluminum. I was thinking of cutting a hole for the pipe in the side and venting it out my tarp. It would also need a platform or legs to hold it up and an opening to feed wood into. Here is a Youtube video of what i have to work with:



Andrew Wilson
(andreww) - MLife

Locale: Vosges
convection, ventilation on 02/16/2010 07:00:12 MST Print View

I applaud the idea, and would like to hear how it works.

I'm a little skeptical of it, though, as having a wood stove without an enclosed interior will not be very effective, it seems. And if you enclose it, then you will need a chimney and some kind of fire-proof shoe for the stovepipe.

Also, the trick to wood gas is to capture the heat released by the burning gasses, as in the secondary combustion that takes place in masonry heaters. If you have no heat capture device, all the heat will just go up, even if not "in smoke."

Has anybody else actually done this?

Steve Small
(lustreking) - F
Re: Re: Heiney Keg Wood Stove for Tarp on 02/16/2010 07:51:53 MST Print View

I'm not sure how long the steel from one of those kegs would last with fire in it. I think there's probably a reason that most of the wood stoves for heating are titanium.

j lan
(justaddfuel) - F

Locale: MN
Re: Re: Re: Heiney Keg Wood Stove for Tarp on 02/16/2010 09:18:44 MST Print View


Most stoves are not made with TI. There is actually only 1 I know of and that is Ti-goat.

The oldest and biggest tent stove maker is Kirafu http://www.kifaru.net/stoves2009.html

There is loads of useful information over there on Hot tent camping in their forums http://www.kifaruforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=7

I have seen someone make a stove similar using a coffee can stove pipe, maybe this thread can help you a little: http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=26369&start=240

I think your stove will work great, for a stove pipe, I would purchase a rollable stove pipe by itself from ti-goat. very compact.

Steve Small
(lustreking) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: Heiney Keg Wood Stove for Tarp on 02/16/2010 11:05:58 MST Print View

I really *did* mean to say titanium or stainless!

I still am not sure how long the mild steel will hold up, though, but it is fairly inexpensive to replace.

Clint Wayman
(cwayman1) - M

Locale: East Tennessee, US
5L heini-keg stove on 02/16/2010 16:00:00 MST Print View

Not sure if anything ever came of THIS experiment, but Tinny from MBD had a pretty sweet setup called the "Hooch Heater" I think this is pretty close to what you might be looking for:


I think this mixed with what SmokeHouse has going on over on HammockForums would be a pretty sweet setup!

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Re: 5L heini-keg stove on 02/16/2010 16:42:31 MST Print View

Yup,MBD Hooch Heater is exactly what i am looking at building. As for the stove pipe, i will be using a Ti-Goat roll up pipe and venting it out the doors of my Superfly, wired to a trekking pole to support the pipe. If i do it right, it should not even come into contact with the fly at all, so no special fire-proofing needed.

. Callahan

Locale: Stoke Newington, London, UK.
My favorite! on 02/17/2010 01:20:31 MST Print View

Ed Tyanich made what I think is the best ultralight wood burning tent stove.

Here's the post: