Vogelzang Top Barrel Adapter Kit, Model# BK50E
Works Well----- BUT
Product works well, except the legs that adjoin the two barrels are to large. I was forced to cut them down to fit. Other then that it is ok...
February 10, 2014
Vogelzang Barrel Stove Kit, Model# BK100E
This kit turned my barrels into a money saving heat source by cutting my heat bills by 75%. Highly recommended!
February 4, 2014
easier to heat garage
It works better than just 1 barrel. Its not perfect but its much better than one barrel used in my garage. I had trouble putting it together but once it was done it works great. It seems to take less wood to keep the garage toasty.
April 23, 2013
Double the output
Every factory built wood stove uses baffles or internal flues and dampers to extend the smoke path inside the stove. This allows for greater heat transfer before the smoke goes up the flue.
Barrel stoves do not have that option. They are a firebox under a flue. A lot of heat leaves the house. A second barrel on top of the stove is a way to capture some of that heat.
I gave this unit 4 stars instead of 5 because the installation is a bit fiddly. The feet are designed for a 30 or 55 gallon drum. The arc of the round surfaces on the two drums is different. You have to line things up, prefit, measure twice and cut once before you start drilling holes. It's not rocket science. The work will be worth it when you feel the heat radiating from the second drum.
August 20, 2012
Good idea, mediocre execution
Overall, the product works, but it's not nearly as well done as it should be for the price.
Primary complaints - the "feet" are beveled rather than level. They don't make consistent contact with the surface of the barrels. Second issue is that the holes for the screw insertion on the feet are placed too far toward the outside edges where the main vertical brace is placed. This makes it difficult to screw the nuts onto the bolts used to connect the legs to the barrels.
The overall product is about 75 to 80% right. Changes to the design would bring it up to about 100%.
May 7, 2012
It works, not bad, i would recommend.
The kit is made sturdy and works, the only thing i didn't like is the angles do not line up flat on the barrell....they are slightly off. While that does not effect the performance, it just doesnt look as good as it should. ie the feet are flat and should be slightly curved to match the contour of the barrel. B+
June 6, 2011
Good Stove keeps it nice and warm to work on vehicles in shop
March 14, 2011
easy to use
very easy to use and create wood stove. keeps shop warm
March 14, 2011
This is a good kit, I didn't like where the holes were drilled in the legs so I redrilled a hole further outboard, worked easier than trying to fit the screws in the stock locations. This kit heats my 1200 sf shop up quite well!
February 22, 2010
Dbl. Barrel adapter
Instructions are a little vague but with a minimal amount of common sense it goes together really easy. The nuts, bolts and washers were loose in the box and some were missing so I went to the hardware store and for a couple bucks got what I needed.
February 17, 2010