Okay..did a burn today..let it go for about 1-1/2 hours while racking leaves..cooked some ramen for lunch with the hot water..
Boil took about 20 minutes as expected.Ran into some problems:
A) The glue supplied with the gasket material(
) foamed up and hardened(what!
)..so I need to get some other stuff to redo the gaskets behind the door.I need to use some steel wool and get some of the other residue off to make the door work easier again..
B)The handle bar for the door needs to be recut/redone to make it work better.I really have two latch points..so I can "1/2 shut" the door for a better start up(more air).That's creating some latch problems because of the tight-arc swing of the door.No big thing,just have to have the bar mounted more loose so it'll fit either slot better,wider slot.The handle aluminum bar gets extremely hot..HOWEVER..the spring portion stays cool as it should,can be handled by that without gloves.
C)The damper handle,will need an extension to get the spring for it away from the front of the stove(to keep the spring cool)damper plate again is aluminum and gets extremely hot..which the spring leans against as it is(not a hard issue to fix)..otherwise the damper works fine.I had loosened the damper plate mount bolt some for drilling a couple more holes and I need to tighten the nut a little bit on the back for smoother working,forgot to do that.
Everything else worked fine.I get enough air for the flue through the damper holes unless it's entirely hot,hot HOT inside,stacked with wood,and fired up.I do get some small back draft puffs out the holes when the damper is fully open at that HOT point.Dampered down a little it doesn't backdraft.
I was using dry cedar kindling for wood,about 8" long..fired right up no problem.Eventually I tried larger branch wood,then in the end added one
more wetter burl over the coals..which burnt fine also.After about 1-1/2hours,I dumped out what was left of the coals(little bit still burning).I figure I can get it going with some coals in the bottom and maybe put 3/4s of a 4" round x12" long cut in quarters in there and maybe get a 1-1/2-2 hour burn or better,maybe more.
This definitely will heat a tent because the 6' of stovepipe becomes hot also..to the point you can't keep your hand on it at the exit point of the tent say 1' down from the cap.
2" flue..definitely the way to go!...Drafts great!I can vary the burn to an almost clear heat wave out the top but do get smoke when firing up or dampered down.
Cooking..no problem but it'll take longer to get hot enough..It can boil water(20 minutes for 16oz) and retain a boil/simmer..so you can cook eggs or bake on the thing.
When I first fired it up..lots of smoke off the stove..
..I forgot there was white paint on the inside of the aluminum panels under the sides of the shelf portion(Duh
)..it burned off and went away.If the video shows sections of smoke coming off the stove near the beginning..that's what it was..There are some small puffs out the door damper also.
I cut the video into several sections..and reduced its length ...put it back together.Hopefully it'll work okay(crossing fingers).Might take some time to load it here.
Bear in mind that the stove is extremely light with a 6' stack hanging into space.using handles can be pretty tippy without a top of a tent to solidify the swinging portion.It can take 2 hands to open a stove door or do whatever whereas in a tent that problem won't exist as much with the chimney stationary at the top.The foamy glue got a little sticky also...GRRRRR!
I'm happy with the burn..about what I expected.The 2" chimney made a huge difference.