Since I forgot my screw gun battery at work, and I am not doing those panels by hand, I finished the stove. It looks pretty damn good, and I think inside of a half-sized bus it will actually cook me out! That's ok though, that means I can get it all fired up and toasty and if the temp drops 20 degrees inside the bus overnight, it will still be livable come morning, and I'll fire it up again.
Got the latch mechanism fabbed up. I made it adjustable so I could move it back and forth and account for gasket thickness, and if the gasket flattens out over time I can adjust it tighter. Put two studs into the side:
The actual catch can slide back and forth on the studs to adjust the door tension. All made with an angle grinder. I'm fancy, lol.
Mocking up the latch:
Mounted the pivot stud for the latch. I'm dumb and didnt think about the fact that I can't have the head of a bolt on the otherside of the door because the stove body is in the way. Duh. So I cut the head of the bolt off, held the threaded part in the hole with a 90* magnet, and welded/grinded the back side.
Simple yet effective. The handle will have a spring that goes over it to try and dissipate some heat. I also left that at work, so that'll have to wait.
I was about to get the chop saw out along with some scrap angle iron I have and make some legs. Then I just happened to look out the side window of the garage and think "What am I doing? I've got plenty of pre-fabbed legs in a nice pile outside!" I cut a couple of legs off two seats and they were the perfect height! I set the stove on jackstands that also happened to be the prefect height. Sometimes you just get lucky. I used a floor jack to level it out just right and she was good to go!
Proud of the gap filling ability here:
Looks good enough to me!
Everything getting painted in my state of the art booth: