You are right I have never cleaned out ash in a tiny place but from reading your posts on a lot of things. You don't have enough ventilation in you designs. You say wood rots too easily, ash goes everywhere that problem is solved with the same thing active ventilation.
No thermal mass doesn't insulate thats not its point, a one inch air gap on each side will. You do realize just how long it will take for that thermal mass to heat up to the point which it could flash wood? Water is a fine thermal mass but requires a lot of systems to deal with it all of which add weight and take up space too. Where a nice piece of stone or stone like material looks neat even during the summer, think of it as art if you must.
Angle iron will burn out and stainless would be better but I can find angle iron in dumpsters and spend a couple of hours with a drill or 30 min with an angle grinder to make flow holes for FREEEEEEE!
I am not going to start on you about glass blowing.
Nat just don't reply to this this thread anymore. You live in BFE Canada where it is -40 all winter, we got it, this will never apply to me or anybody who is looking into a tiny stove. Trucking around a larger than needed stove thru the desert southwest is also reallllly dumb, My folks live there so there is about a 90% chance of driving thru there once a year as long as they are alive. IMO living in anything with a gap under the living space where it gets -40 is a poor life choice that no amount of wood burning or skirting can solve.
Originally Posted by nat_ster
I grew up without running water, nothing but wood heat, grew our own food, walked 15 miles a day hunting, and lived off the land. Every time you say boy scout I chuckle. I lived the Real deal. Boy scouts pretend a few days here and there to live the way I did.
Good for you! As for the boy scouts I also learned about engineering, electronics, wood working, how to cook, how doritos and funions are made, how to be a good person in society, and loads of other things.
I too grow my own food I don't hunt (don't really eat meat). I don't really want to live like a mountain man hillbilly, sorry I just don't. I am glad you did and can share your experiences with all of us, so as to affirm our life choices. I also don't believe my way of doing things is the only way or "THE correct way" as often times there are many correct ways of doing things.