Having found a source for bituminous coal out here in Washington State, I recently bought a small pot belly stove to use as a tent stove for winter camping. I'm having trouble finding a oval to round adapter for this little stove. The oval is 6" wide and 3" across with a circumference of about 14 1/4 inches. 6" adapters are the smallest I've been able to find online, and it's way too big. Do any of you know of a source for smaller adapter or know of a way that I could rig something up to be able to use this stove? Could I take a section of 5" stove pipe and squeeze one end to make it fit? Thanks in advance.
Welcome to the Forum! Regular 6" pipe squeezed by hand, fits right over a 6' oval and keeps it's 6" round shape on the other end. How small is this pot belly stove that you are going to lug around in the woods? Have any photo's?
Thanks guys. I was hoping for a simple solution. This stove is 2 feet tall with a 16" footprint. It doesn't have any markings. not the most practical thing I suppose but it only weighs slightly more than a similarly sized cylinder stove, cost a lot less and is way cooler. I've gotten into solo canoe camping these last few years so there's not much I can't take with me. I also just like older equipment. I use a canvas tent and my canoe is made of wood. Again, thanks for your help.
p.s. Everything I've read about stovepipe says to install with the crimped end toward the stove. If I squeeze the non-crimped end over the stove oulet that's going to reverse everything. Am I going to have a creosote problem when burning wood in this thing?
You'll only have a creosote problem if you burn wet wood, at low temperatures. You could use some furnace cement and caulk the joint so it can't leak any wet exhaust onto the outside of the pipe and stove.
Simple solution would be to just cut a short piece (~10-12") off an un-crimped end to create an oval to round starter piece...sort of a female-female adapter, then you would insert your next round section crimped end down into the starter...now all the crimped ends will be down.
Just an FYI ...you can purchase a formed made to fit oval to round adapter at your local furnace supply store...they actually fit a heck of a lot better than squishin down a pc. of straight pipe, the last one I bought for my little Pot Belly stove was like $13. just sendin out the info that there is an alternative and yes they make 5" and 6". later, Tim