Hi guys, I just purchased a couple of the United States Stove Company Barrel Stove Kits. I figured that I would try the USSC brand kits this time. I had usually purchased the Vogelzang Barrel Stove Kits in the past because they were readily available. This time I ordered a few USSC barrel kits from Northline Express. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=w ... TlsjhZaU7A
I now have compared the two brands of barrel stove kits and I think that I like the USSC barrel kit better. Here are my reasons. The USSC barrel kit has bolts, nuts, and washers, that are zinc or some style of metal that will not rust, the Vogelzang barrel kit has plain steel and it has rusted on me. The USSC exhaust flue collar is made where as the crimped end of the stovepipe fits into the collar so that creosote will drop back into the stove, the Vogelzang barrel kit collar fits so that the non-crimped end fits over the collar and creosote does drip out and down the side of the collar and stove. The USSC cast iron feed door assembly seems to fit better, has a tighter seal, and the door lock is made of a heavier steel so it closes tight, the Vogelzang cast iron feed door assembly doesn't seem to seal or align up as tight and the door lock is made of a easily bendable steel and needs adjusting to keep the door closed.
I'd end up making these barrel stoves for my outdoor cooking and someone would come along and say that they wouldn't mind having one of those. Well I then would sell it and make another. I've made three singles and one double barrel stove so far and I'm in the process of making another. This time I'm still unsure what it is that I want to design and build. I'm still in the designing and planning stage before I cut.
So, I thought that I'd see if any NEPA members make or have made any really cool outdoor cooking stoves, grills or smokers, using a barrel stove kit so I can get some ideas. Thanks, DOUG
Here are a few pictures of the USSC barrel kit.