Vogelzang Barrel Stove Kit, Model# BK100E
Not as good as older product
This kit is similar to older kit ordered but door so much thinner it warped on third fire; now door leaks so much air the wood burns much faster. Not as air-tight as before. No seal available that will fit gap. Poor quality door, i.e. thin metal. Wish we had kept old door and hinges; much thicker and better. Would not recommend.
November 27, 2013
Best Bang for the Buck
The University of Vermont built an instrumented test cell for wood stoves when they became popular in the 70s. They tested the major brands for output and efficiency. At the end of the llst of factory units they loaded up a 55 gallon barrel stove as a baseline. It is fortunate that they ran it last, It damaged the test cell. A barrel stove is the best bang for the buck on the market. A 30 gallon stove is a bit more manageable unless you are heating a pole barn. Add the second barrel on top for more heat recovery from the smoke. Install the griddle option if you want to cook. A barrel stove is a very flexible unit. The look grows on you too.
Vogelzang is the Cadillac of barrel stove kits. The big door just fits in the end of a 30 gallon barrel. You don't want to load wood as big as the door. It lets you load twisted pieces of wood that wouldn't fit through a small door. It also facilitates cleanout when you ash the stove.
August 20, 2012
Takes about two hours to set up, drilling and cutting. Set the feet and the front opening first and then do the exhaust opening so you can better line it up.
Finally use black pipe not the silver galvanized, it will give off a toxic oder.
May 18, 2012
I love this stove. I put this is the basement and heated with it all winter. It's a bit tricky to get it to draft, when its very cold. But once it gets going, it burns slow and hot! If you have a safe place to put it, you'll get no better heat for so little money!
May 14, 2012
vogelzang barrel stove kit
the parts to this kit are heavy duty and well made.i expect this to last for many years.many thanks for offering a great product.i would defintely recommend this product to a friend.
May 8, 2012
I Bought this to heat my pole barn. the door is warped did not shut all the way! the Door Latch bent like a cheap piece of sheet metal. and all the bolts to this product were just thrown into the box it. The Ups Driver walked up and said you better check this it sounds like its shattered! thank goodness it was just the bolts laying in the box making all the noise. I put a new door latch that I made on it and shimmed the door latch out so the door will shut all the way when latched. puts out a ton of heat works great now that I fixed all the issues with the product
February 1, 2012
Bought this for building a barrell heater for my shop. Works great! Good product.
January 18, 2012
Best Barrel Stove Kit
I researched the various Barrel Stove Kits available in the marketplace and found the Vozlzang brand to be the most recommended on forums relating to wood burning barrel stoves. After decideing that the Volzelzang was the highest quality name brand, I started searching for the best price. Northern had everyone beat on price. This kit comes with very easy to follow instructions for assembly and installation. They even show you exactly how to vent the stove, and they do it with illustrations. I installed this unit in my Pole Barn workshop and found that unless I just built a small fire the unit would heat me out of the shop which is 30' X 40'. You don't need to load these barrel stoves with the same amount of wood you would use in a fireplace. Start small and build your way up. I also have a circulating fan behind my unit which gets the heat all through the shop.
March 16, 2011
Great kit to convert a barrell to a stove.
I was very pleased with the heavey duty quality of the kit. I am using it as my smoke and heat source for a custom large upright smoker I will be using in competitions. It does a great job of putting out heat. I am very pleased.
March 14, 2011
I added the optional second upper drum and am using it to heat a 28 x 30 workshop. I also constructed a "U" shaped heat shield/heat sink from brick. This allowed me to place the heater close to the outside wall while avoiding any possible fire hazard. This heater works so well, I build a second one for a friend's workshop. He too is very pleased with the performance. In both heaters, we lined the bottom half of the lower barrel with fire brick. I did find that it's nearly impossible to use the supplied nuts and bolts to mount the upper barrel (because there is no access to the nuts) so I used self tapping TEK screws. I consider this kit to be a good value.
March 14, 2011