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forced air wood gas stove,test


I saw myself in a video I did yesterday
and I was thinking dear god I’ve gotten so fat but this is 40 pounds less than I
was a year ago and I’m working really hard to keep losing so some day I hope
to be around the 200 mark okay here’s what I’ve got we got a new
fan it was 18 bucks at RadioShack and I’ve seen him online for six or seven
bucks I hated spending that much but I need to do this now I got the fan I have
a rheostat or a potentiometer a linear wrist at linear potentiometer and I’ve
kind of got it I think I know how to wire it the center terminal goes to the
fan and you take a wire from the battery and put it either on this side or this
side depending on which way you want to turn this to increase or decrease speed
if you want to increase speed by turning it clockwise you would put the battery
lead here on the first one if you wanted to decrease the speed by turning it
clockwise you would put the battery lead here so I’ve got to find some kind of
box to put this in and I’m gonna have wires running into the box and then out
of the box to the battery and to the fan and I have that I’m gonna leave that on
there this and I had this flexible pipe that I’m probably just gonna it’s gonna
look like hell but it’s gonna work I’m just gonna clamp it down real tight
around this and I’m gonna give this about a OH
about a foot of space because I believe this fan here burned out from vehicle
too close to the heat so I’m gonna move it out about a foot and that should be
far enough all right oh yeah and I’ve got the most important ingredient of
glass of sweet tea let’s get started yeah it’s not pretty but it’s functional
just like me what it is is just a reducer stovepipe reducer that that
stuff there just I could not make it work it’s just too flimsy to handle it
hard enough to mould it around this I this was round of course and I turned it
into a square and and this just fit in there there’s a little bit of gap around
here I filled it up with some high-temperature sealant and I’m testing
the rheostat and it works and I’m going to show you I’m gonna see if I can set
this camera down somewhere and let you listen to the speed of the fan let me
turn this around and here we go here’s the rheostat when I do this where I can there we go
oh well it works you get the idea and I want to get all this solder together I
got I got an Altoid box in the house I’m gonna dump the all toys off out of it
and put this in it I run the wires in it I’ll show you that
in a minute right this is what I got this is all toys box painted black and
here’s the two wires coming from the fan one wire comes into the box goes
directly to the negative terminal with alligator clip the hot wire comes in
from the battery into the box to the on/off switch from the on/off switch
over to the center pole on the rheostat from the rheostat power out to the fan
so before i heat up all my shrink tube and tighten this up let’s just see if it
works okay I’m gonna box this up make sure
it’s all buttoned up real nice heat up my shrink tube and put everything in
there real nice and neat and light a fire see if we got okay last I got it
all buttoned up and all the shrink tube together in the Box back together so
here it is one last time okay let’s crank it up it is gasifying
now can you see the gas coming out the holes
and reigniting I gotta let this burn down a little bit
I want to stoke it back up with some thick oak I’m gonna let that burn just a
little bit and then I’m gonna put that can of water on there and we’ll give it
a ball test see how long it it takes the ball the other one bowled the quart of
water and nine and a half minutes so in about five more minutes I’ll put this on
alright I got the fan off for just a second while I put this water on there okay no way three minutes and it’s boiling oh
my god that’s just incredible quart of water boiling less than 30 minutes
because it took me a second to get this camera on that I was really surprised
who started boiling unbelievable okay this was a success and I’ve got this fan
turned on low so when I turn it up on high I can make horseshoes or a wagon
wheel space-shuttle if I had enough coals all right thanks for watching okay
I couldn’t shut it off without showing you a couple more shots of the
gasification taking place now I’ve got the fan on high all right it’s been fun I’m gonna let
this die down and put the video up

Randall Smitham

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98 COMMENTS

  1. contreeman Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    very very cool 5 thumbs up. i gotta get me one of these.

    Reply
  2. Artyint123 Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    that is awesome. This would be a great 3000 subscriber contest prize.

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  3. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    5 thumbs up? you sir, are a gifted man!!! or deformed,depending on how you feel about more than two thumbs. :)))

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  4. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    its rated for 5 watts and the fan pulls 3. it was the only linear (non audio)pot they had.

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  5. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    my wife new she was marrying a high maintenance man when she lucked into holy matrimony with me. its not cheap keeping me in welding wire and bib overalls. she new what she was getting into. beside she is down to only one full time job and a part time job now so she has plenty of liesure time to do the thing she loves,,,, housework!

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  6. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    ill include it in the subscriber contest when i get near to 3000 subs.

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  7. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    it was actually several seconds less.it suprised me that it was so fast i didnt have my camera in my hand and i had to get it and turn it on so probably 20 seconds went by in that time.

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  8. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    how does this sound? "THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF NOT PRETTY BUT FUNCTIONAL GUYS? The IBNPFG! to be a member,you must submit a photo to prove you are not pretty.

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  9. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    this would be great in a wood stove!

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  10. wtam69 Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    That's the type of heat you need to do some real cooking, as in being able to brown your meat quickly, to seal in the flavor.

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  11. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    well several things happened that lead me to being "plus sized" i ruptured a disc in my back and had surgey in the old days when they used a railroad spike and a and a shot of vodka for surgery, it took a very long time to mend.then i quit a 3 pack aday habit,then i started getting older,then i developed an unhealthy addiction to buffets while i was on the road. now,,,,,,,, well,, you know.

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  12. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    i think i may try and cook a couple steaks on it. i do love cow flesh.

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  13. pwalpar Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    good video, I don't recommend laying the phone on the ground so close. Accidentally knock the stove over and good by phone LOL

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  14. don alfano Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    You are very talented. From a few simple , easy-to-find components, you made this…awesome!

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  15. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    thank you and thanks for watching!

    Reply
  16. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    well if anything bad where to happen to this phone,that would give me a good excuse for buying the iphone 5!!!!!!

    Reply
  17. nomad9 Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    If you had two stoves and used 1 to heat a boiler, you could use that steam to drive fans on both of them and do away with the batteries.

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  18. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    i was a tractor supply yesterday and picked up and put down a couple times… a solar batery charger that put out 5 watts. i wish i had bought now. it was 30 bucks. it would have ran the fan plus.

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  19. steven189111 Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Good Job! Well Done! I'll never throw away an empty Altoids box again! Looking forward to your future space shuttle video! Lol ! Warmest Wishes ……

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  20. MCDS Daddy Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Great video!! Well done.
    Thanks

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  21. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    thanks for watching!

    Reply
  22. 1952Jeep Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Could flash fry a buffalo if ya had a big ole pot of oil!!

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  23. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    sadly,i was informed i would be guilty of copywrite infringement if i made a shuttle.guess ill have to stick with horseshoes and wagon wheels.

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  24. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    yeah it was scary hot. im thinking it might be possible to can on this.

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  25. NSparksguy Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    holy smokes, I wish you lived beside me…I could learn so much by just hanging out. Great job

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  26. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    i wished you lived by me too! its just me and my dogs out here. no neighbors that are neighborly,no freinds. my best freind was killed recently and im not real good at meeting new folks cause im kinda set in what i consider appropriate behaviour and thought. my freind that was killed was my best freind for over 30 years. i was a pall bearer.that was 3 months ago.

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  27. houseoffire72 Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Bawhahahahahha thats awesome man!!!! Great job man

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  28. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:00 am

    thanks! glad you like it!

    Reply
  29. John Strabismus Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Nice work! With that and your Nissan thermos there's little you couldn't cook. Maybe you could make a nice Italian Bean Soup. I think you have the 48oz model, so it would be plenty big enough. How much burn time with that wood?

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  30. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:08 am

    it goes through the wood very fast. i think ill look for some green (wet) oak and see if it will stillgasify and maybe last a little longer.i would even try cow chips if i new where to get dry chips. ive heard of people using dried corn cobs also.

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  31. 1952Jeep Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I know you could water bath easy, might want a plate of steel between a pressure canner and the flame since processing time is so long, and most pressure rigs are aluminum, but I believe it would work as long as you had a pile of wood handy!

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  32. NSparksguy Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Truly sorry for your lose. You have alot to offer…true friends are hard to find and impossible to replace.

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  33. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:25 am

    the plate is a great idea. im gonna make sure i always have a piece of steel that i dont cut up and make something out of or fix something with.

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  34. zx8401ztv Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I hope the wattage rating of the potentiometer is good as it will overheat and burn if its not, if its wirewound its fine.

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  35. Al Stock Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Got a reg'lar ol' blast furnace there! Good job! It works….

    Lose 5 pounds as a start… Read once that for every pound of excess weight you heart has to pump blood through 80 miles more of the circulatory system.. Don't know if that's true or not..

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  36. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:32 am

    well its rated for 5 wats and the fan pulls 3 so i think ill be ok. if not,ill get a solar panel and just run it straight off that.

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  37. kbbacon Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Moisture may be the bane of the stove. Steam tends to put the fire out. Looks great! works great! I'm looking forward to the green wood burning!

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  38. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

    ive got oak all around me. ill trim a few limbs and see if it will burn. ill cook something on it too.

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  39. contreeman Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I'M ALL THUMBS THAT THE REASON I WATCH YOUR VIDEOS YOU MAKE IT LOOK EASY

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  40. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

    LOL! ;)))

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  41. southernprepper1 Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:50 am

    TOTAL awesome…Thanks for sharing the step by step.

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  42. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

    thanks for watching SP1!

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  43. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 1:14 am

    thank you!!! ive never got an a +++ in my whole life!

    Reply
  44. akitothegeek Posted on October 3, 2012 at 1:37 am

    when will you be selling these?

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  45. Wallace Knifeworks Fishing & Outdoors Posted on October 3, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Hate to sound dumb,but how do you start the fire in the begining? Just build it small down in there?

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  46. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 2:10 am

    not dumb at all. this works differently than a regular fir. the inner fire chamber has holes in the bottom that allow the gases that the heated wood creates,to leach out and up the cavity between the inner and outer chamber. these gases return to be ignited through the holes in top of the burn chamber. this is lit from the top and the fire works its way down. its called a "downdraft gasifier" for that very reason. if that wasnt a sufficient explanation,let me know and ill try again. Brad

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  47. Wallace Knifeworks Fishing & Outdoors Posted on October 3, 2012 at 2:18 am

    So just put in the wood and light,from the top side and let it start? Think I got it,, Thanks for another project! still got to build the coffee can stove,paint the shop,now this,,ill catch up to you one day!!!

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  48. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 2:21 am

    hahaha!!! i promise i wont wax my truck!

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  49. Food Porn Network Posted on October 3, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Very cool, your a crafty fellow for sure!

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  50. 1775novten Posted on October 3, 2012 at 3:32 am

    You sir are one fine craftsman.

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  51. M0D0C42 Posted on October 3, 2012 at 6:46 am

    You make it look so easy. 🙂

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  52. BMK1957 Posted on October 3, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Great job again AAA+ from NZ

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  53. Richard Folgado Posted on October 3, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Yeah! That would be a good prize! I would like probably anything you've made so far! You may not be the Master Craftsman, but you got some skill! Oh well; just another outstanding video.

    Reply
  54. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

    thankyou? i guess?

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  55. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    thanks!

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  56. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

    thanks for watching.

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  57. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

    super charged! now thats a perfect description.

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  58. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

    yep! working great!

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  59. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

    thanks for thinking so!

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  60. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    ill have a look! thanks!

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  61. 1crazynordlander Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Your new forge!

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  62. Jeremiah Shine Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I think you could use a power vent that is used on a roof!

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  63. shilodawn60 Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    GOOD FOR YOUR WEIGHT LOSS BUDDY!

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  64. Jeremiah Shine Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    A roof powervent!

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  65. Jeremiah Shine Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    They are expensive though.

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  66. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    did you give any thought to how that might be incorporated into a portable woodgas stove? i just cant imagine how that would work. plus i was trying to keep this off household current. if you have an idea,,, im all ears,,,, well i mean eyes.

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  67. Iseekoutthetruth Posted on October 4, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I have lost 53 pounds in 3 months eating raisin bran cereal , i start of each day with a huge breakfast 4 eggs toast and cereal for lunch cereal and for dinner a small meal maybe chicken with a salad and i am down to 215 from 268 pounds

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  68. Cheeky Saver Posted on October 4, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Wholey crap batman that worked awesome! Way to go!

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  69. imasurvivornthriver Posted on October 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    SWEET!!! Great job!

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  70. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    thanks!

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  71. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    thanks!

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  72. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    well im all for huge breakfasts !!! LOL!!! congrats on your weight loss!

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  73. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    thanks !

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  74. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    ill be building one on this principle but ill use a brake drum for the part that holds the hot coals.

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  75. 1crazynordlander Posted on October 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    You could melt down lead for casting your own bullets.

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  76. Mrcaffinebean Posted on October 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Cool vid, looking forward to the space shuttle build!

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  77. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    working on it now! i have a problem though. ive got it pretty much done and i made i 8 feet wide,,, my door is only 4 feet wide and acording to my math,thats a 17 inch difference!

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  78. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    i just got back from the tractor supply store with a solar panel. im walking outside to my shop to see if it will turn the fan right now.

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  79. Optionsaregood Posted on October 5, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Excellent!

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  80. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    soon it will be eggs cellant! i plan on cooking steak and eggs on it in the next couple of days.

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  81. RevNathanD32 Posted on October 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Have you ever done any shopping on Amazon?

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  82. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    to much!

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  83. Mrcaffinebean Posted on October 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    That's were the dogs com in!

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  84. NWIPrepper19113 Posted on October 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Looking good T.U.

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  85. Falcon-8 ss Posted on October 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    you must make natural herbal tea next time

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  86. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on October 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    i plan on cooking on it again today. maybe some chicken.

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  87. Thahan Chai Yen Posted on October 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Awesome stuff, Sir.

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  88. The Simpler Life! Posted on November 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Bctruck would like to buy one of your stoves if I could. I'm in the military and would like to use it in the field.

    Reply
  89. BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose Posted on July 11, 2013 at 2:31 am

    great idea! ill look for one!

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  90. Dinky25 Posted on July 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Very clever stuff. I really like your videos.. Subbed. 🙂

    Reply
  91. Mike Labauve Posted on February 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    nice  , i did the same thing i had my fan backwards  it lasted 3 secs,  i have a video on my woodgaser on my site , take a look

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  92. ONETIME OUTDOORS Dj Posted on October 2, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I know this is an old video but thank you for making it

    Reply
  93. Gabrul Dooh Posted on November 7, 2017 at 11:33 am

    The forced air stove seems have enough BTU to stir fry some food with real Chinese wok cooking flavor.

    Reply
  94. teksatan Posted on November 29, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    those fans cant really be used with a rheostat reliably they'll burn out after some time, they use PWM(pulse width modulation) to control the speed in a PC or are a static speed

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  95. Gillenz Fluff Posted on March 29, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Nice build!
    I made a wood gas stove a while back using a potentiometer for fan speed it used to get hot on low speed I should have used a ceramic resistor like old radio control cars had but the potentiometer burnt out before I got a resistor!
    Did having the potentiometer on the altoids tin heatsink it enough?

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  96. Paman Jay Posted on December 1, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Nice video.. try your fan with mini solar panel..

    Reply
  97. Soldier957 Posted on September 1, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Do ppl ever make rocket stoves to go inside their house?

    Reply
  98. Rasel Raj Posted on January 2, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Pls add regulator so easy cooking any food

    Reply
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