ChrisS wrote:I found one of these locally, and wondered if I could use this to heat an above ground pool a bit. Could I pump water through the water jacket using the pool pump? Could I set this stove up outside with a short pipe/chimney, that is, would I get enough draft from that? Sorry, I have a stoker, and this hand-fired specialty stuff is a bit beyond my present experience.
With a short stack outdoors, I don't think you'd get a strong enough draft with coal unless you had the stove running very hot. In which case, with the small-ish firebox size many of these water heaters have, you'd be tending it quite often.
There are many old pictures of kitchen ranges moved outdoors to yards and summer kitchens with just a short stack of about 4-5 feet. But, most likely they were burning wood, as stove wood can be seen in some pictures. However, I can't remember seeing a coal bucket in any pictures that I have seen of stoves set up outdoors.
Wood might be a better option for running it with a short stack,... but, many of those water heater stoves can't get large pieces of wood in like the oak stoves. And, a firebox full of wood will only burn about half as long as coal in those type stoves, so the amount of tending time needed won't be any less than coal.