Interesting thread indeed Dillon.
I'm going to err on the side of caution concerning the galvanized metal. Though it might, "might" be useful under another stove as a cinder catch or something.
I was wanting to build the rocket stove
but the 55 gal drum is just too much for the small area I have to heat. (12x14) It would just be in the way and take up too much room.
I'm looking at a couple other methods to the madness to heat a rock based mass, that way I don't have to burn so much wood.
I'm also looking at this little portable camp wood stove
as a viable alternative. If all else fails, I'd at least have that.
I like the fact it has a water heater
that attaches to the stove pipe. (See attached image). And they sell
for $39 bucks on up. Averaging around $59 as a middle ground. I'm curious as to how well they would hold up over 4-5 months of continual use.