I have a nice Atlantic Stove-Works #40 pot belly coal stove I bought for $25 a few years back. But it really is not enough to keep the garage downstairs warm when its really cold outside and coal is awful expensive these days. The little stove though nice does not burn wood very efficiently and can't take firewood of any significant size to last for more than 15 minutes.
So I figured I'd try my hand a building something that can burn wood a bit better. I put in the order with my friend Jonathan the master dump scrounger who has access to the leave-and-take exchange at the Cape Elizabeth dump to be on the lookout for a 40 lb propane bottle and sure enough about a week later he provided the desired one.
...and grind the mating surfaces on the bits slightly concave to fit the face of the gas bottle lining everything up with a 6 inch long bolt.
...then added some legs, again pipe stock sourced from my scrap pile,
3 legs being more stable on the uneven concrete floor in the garage. I also added a small lip on the striker side of the door to give it something to land against.
...and using the safety collar I originally cut of the top of the bottle I made up a appropriately shaped fitting to connect the stove pipe and welded it all together.
*POSTSCRIPT* see the next two posts for more details.