Deb Stephens wrote:I have an idea, but instead of drawing it, I will just describe -- it is really too simple to bother with a drawing.
You know that sheet metal screening that you can buy in DIY places (or from fancy metal fabrication places online and elsewhere)? It is usually found as insets in large cabinets or in fireplace screens, etc. and comes in a variety of decorative patterns. Okay maybe a picture would be better... like this....
or... well I'm sure you get the picture at this point.
Anyway, here is my step by step. First paint your oil drum black (with stove paint) to make it less obvious. Then, fabricate a cylinder out of this decorative screening (brass would be nice). Make it slightly larger in diameter than your ugly oil drum and attach some sort of spacers on the inside of the screen cylinder to hold it half an inch or so away from the metal drum. (Ceramic insulators perhaps? Or just a few short bolts through the screen at regular intervals around the top and bottom of the cylinder?) Remove the stove pipe and slide the cylinder over the drum. Voila! Pretty cover up in no time and for relatively low cost. You could even add some decorative elements to that if you wanted. I'm picturing some metal dragonflies or butterflies or anything with fairly broad wings or fins -- to add even more metal surface area to the stove, but it could be anything.
Hmmmm... I think I may do this, now that I've thought of it.
EDIT -- I forgot to add that you can do clean outs and clean the metal mesh by just sliding it off the drum -- no doors needed. Or avoid having to lift off the cylinder altogether by making it in two pieces (longitudinally) and hinging it together. As a bonus, the mesh allows for air circulation naturally, without fans, etc. and allows you to see flames from any windows you may have in the drum.
Hans Pelleboer wrote:...I wonder how much of a necessity the metal drum really is.
Xisca Nicolas wrote:Yes I have seen it!
A friend of mine has a sauna whose vapor is made outside with woodfire on a cob stove,
and the stainless steal pot (the big type for collective cooking) cracked just above the nivel of water.
Satamax Antone wrote:It could even be done with normal bricks Or even a "latice" of bricks, so there's gaps between theses.
Xisca Nicolas wrote:
This might be too big for most designs, if the drum is close to the wall, so I suggest the alternative of semi shelves.
They could also be fixed to the wall instead of the drum.
Anyway, this would hide enough to make it more esthetic.