Building an Outdoor Kitchen: Wood Burning Stove Building an Outdoor Kitchen: Wood Burning Stove

What You'll Need
Old water heater metal container tank
Stovepipe
Chimney
Insulating materials (insulating brick, pumice rock, wood ash, or vermiculite)
Welding equipment
Drill set

When you have an outdoor kitchen, you can literally have an enjoyable meal anytime, whether with family or friends. Outdoor dining is one of the best dining experiences one can have as you can dine while enjoying the scenery or the weather. To build an outdoor kitchen, you must definitely have your own wood burning stove. And this can be done quite easily.

Step 1 – Prepare Your Equipment and Materials

The old water heater metal container tank that can hold for about 30 to 50 gallons of water can be found at local dumpsters or from friends who will be discarding their old water heaters. Determine the inside of the metal tank if it is rust-free.

Step 2 – Set Up Your Stove Tank

Cut off the top part of the tank and place it upside down. Then weld the sides and use the flat portion to create the flat cooking surface. Create a hole at the back portion to use as air channel.

Step 3 – Insulate Your Tank

Use lightweight, heat-resistant materials as insulating agents to create your wood burning stove. Properly insulating your wood stove for your outdoor kitchen will keep the fire and heat from going through your stove as it will just go towards your pot.

Step 4 – Create an Opening Port

At one end of the stove, create an opening port where you can open to add your wood to increase the fire and increase the heat.

Step 5 – Create a Chimney Pipe

An insulated chimney is best when it is placed above the fire. It will increase the heat transferred to the pot above. The chimney should be about 2 to 3 times taller than the starting point of fire where the woods are placed for burning. The gaps between the pot and the top portion of the stove should be minimized to allow less heat to be released for maximized cooking properties.

Step 6 – Color Your Stove

It is best to color your stove black to allow more heat absorbed. A dark, earth toned color is always best for heat absorption. Painting your stove will also help preserve the metal properties of the stove and prevent it from corroding too quickly.

Important Tips to Remember

Avoid using flammable liquid gas to start the fire, this is very dangerous. Install a smoke detector near your outdoor kitchen. Regularly test it to determine if it is still working. Clean your chimney regularly as creosote builds up over time. Creosote can be a source of chimney fire and should always be removed once present. You may include a glass or metal cover on your wood stove. However, you also need to put some holes on it to create draft to enter to the fire and help build a lasting and good fire.

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