Here’s what I did on the 27th:
I kept trying to figure out what kind of hardware to use for the latch. Not enough room for a slider lock, and I didn’t want to put something right through the door like a knob. So I bent some of the metal leftover from the door and hotplate, and got a latch!
I believe the two circles are called flues, already had some confusion between a baffle and a damper, so I’m not sure. The top one has a diameter of 2 1/4″ and 1/2″ holes. The bottom one’s diameter is 1 1/8″ with 3/8″ holes.
Heres what I did on the 28th:
To help the cooking surface spread heat evenly, I added a piece of metal:
I was planning on using black high heat paint, but might not as I really like the color it changed after the first burn. I didn’t have the latch or flues for the first burn, and loaded the stove with too much wood, and it was an inferno! Flames were coming out the door, which was open, and shooting out the chimney elbow! The next test burn I’ll start the fire small, and once it’s healthy, I’ll close the door and play with the flues. Hopefully there won’t be any flames in the chimney elbow, if there is I’ll have to make a damper. That’s a circle that goes into the horizontal chimney that allows adjustments of how much air is escaping. Once I have the bicycle camper finished I’ll take the stove in it and determine the height I want it at. Then I’ll make the legs and that’s that.
I’ve been meaning to update this, sorry for the delay. The flue is the chimney. A damper is a bit of metal in the flue used to restrict airflow, which is adjustable. So far as I know the two circles I’d been calling flues are called air intakes. A baffle is a sheet of metal within the stove that is fixed in place from side to side and back to nearly front at the top of the stove. If there were no baffle the natural path of heat would go right to the flue. What a baffle does is force all heat to move toward the front and up under the cooking surface, then out the flue. The Heiny Keg wood stove and Mailbox wood stove do not have baffles, though were I to make the latter again it would.
While this stove was a fun project, and is unquestionably cool looking, you can NOT cook on it or boil water. You could heat a small space/tent with it, but you’d better wake up 3 or 4 times a night to add more wood.
If you want to be able to cook on a diy tent stove, use my mailbox wood stove. It cooks just fine, holds more and bigger pieces of wood, and all around requires much less fussing over. You’d only have to wake up once to feed it, unless you like to sleep more than 12 hours, lol.