Friday, 24 December 2010


You can tell work is slack as I finally have time and patience to post some more pix.
Its Christmas eve, the darkness has decended, rather warm outside compared to temperatures of late, a respectable minus 2c and about 7 inches of snow. Its been the nicest day of the week with clear blue sunny skies.

Im chilling out with a glass of vino rosso, listening to Don Giovanni, wishing I was somewhere warmer, but sat here with an oil lamp for company instead.

So, here are some pix of the Squirrel stove. Ive made a steel base and corner piece with masterboard behind for peace of mind. The vent grill will allow ducted air from outside to meet the ventilation needs so I dont have to sit in a cold draught.

I had to drill out holes in the backplate for the back boiler pipes to pass through, and I also made 4 bolt on feet so the stove can be fixed to meet safety regs.


  1. That should keep you toasty on those cold days. john

  2. I keep even toastier cutting and splitting all the wood it consumes. I need an alternative fuel source. Ive found an endless supply of sawdust but need a briquette maker to compact it. It burns well provided it doesnt smother the fire.

  3. Ames,

    Excellent, nice stove surround, did similar thing on the barge, 23.3C presently, lovely. Come next winter you will be feet up in front of me thinks.

    Wheelhouse looks very neat. Like the Kingspan in the roof. Looks like it will be a proper indoor space but not too much to drop.

    I have a fair bit of saw dust but you do have to fiddle with it but hey.



  4. Hi Billy

    Lucky your on the briney eh but it might just yet freeze over. Ive used a lot of the sawdust off my floor on the fire and its volatile as long as it doesnt block the flames up. Ive got a 12v hydraulic pump and several rams so might have a play at making a press and turning out some bricks. The only draw back I see is getting enough pressure to make bricks bond together. Commercial machines work at 250bar and its the combination of the pressure and generated heat that sticks it all together.
    What do you think?

  5. Festive Greetings from the Misty Marshes.

    Haven't you got enough to do! It's possible but is it worth it? I have used the dust logs and I wasn't impressed with them. The ones with the hole in worked better but none seemed to like slumbering too well and smoked or went out.

    I reckon a little auger feeding from a hopper should set fire to things nicely. :)

    I'll mail you a photo of the recent sea ice!


  6. Wow that looks nice Amy. We heat our entire house with a woodstove using those pressed wood logs. They are a bit of a pain but much cleaner ( no bugs or bark) then real wood. Don't smell as nice though. Merry Christmas and thnks for posting.