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Anyone Know About Potbelly Stoves ?

Discussion in 'Tools & Supplies' started by Nyboy, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Dec 4, 2018
    thistlebloom

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    Thanks Valley, I heat with a rectangular cast iron woodstove, so no hands on experience with a pot belly. Our fire box is fairly small, and can't handle more than a 16" length log. It is also not very deep so we notice a difference in the fuel we use. Have to feed it like a baby bird when we use soft woods.

    I didn't see dimensions on the fuel box so was just guessing it was fairly small. But good point about putting in a sizeable chunk, once you have a good bit of hot coals I can see that being effective.
     
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    thistlebloom

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    He's thinking about using it on a patio, which is where the thought of needing to be pretty close to it came from. It's not going to be heating up a lot of air outdoors.
     
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    valley ranch

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    You're right ~ even maybe 12" pieces cut for a pot belly might be nicer ``` The stove I have here at the upper place ~ can take monster splits ~ but I cut them about 18" ```
     
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    Nyboy

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    I want to use outside on a cement block patio. Saw a patio with one in magazine loved the idea. Because of flying blood suckers I only use patio when chilly. Stove would be left outside to weather.
     
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    valley ranch

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    They throw a lot of heat to the side ~ because not much burner area ~ lots of side wall ~ should be great for patio ~ all the heat goes out to the side ~ better if placed in the center rather than to one side ~ at least some room ~ all round the stove so you can sit around it ~ if I'm explaining it right ```
     
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    baymule

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    You would ruin it if left outdoors. It's cute, but not practical for leaving it outside, uncovered by a roof to keep the weather off.
     
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    valley ranch

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    Yep, getting rained on wouldn't help it ~ in a covered patio like a grape arbor ~ like at the folks ranch ```
     
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    Beekissed

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    Pot bellies can burn wood or coal...easier to burn coal in these as they have a small door and firebox, as well as a small ash pan. Surprisingly they put out quite a bit of heat for their size but hard to bank up with wood unless they are built pretty tight. Easier to bank up with coal if you have a good quality of coal on hand, but still hard if they are leaky.

    We used to heat with one long ago and used coal. Coal is a messy fuel and puts a lot of black dust into the air, home, respiratory system.
     
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    valley ranch

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    Some people seal cast iron stoves with that gray fiber cement ~ they don't leak ~ and yeh ~ they load different ~ They do make them in all kind of sizes ~ I have a big one ~ I've never repaired and put together ~ it's big you could burn dogs ~if you cut them half ```

    One time ~ I was about 20 ~ I/we went to Lake Arrowhead and rented a little cabin ~ there was a sweet little Potbelly ~ I opened a bundle of wood ~ and got the little stove cooking ~ when they make the movie ~ I want that night to be in there ```
     

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