My dad's back yard has become a deer camp. Now we are making it cool.

burn in day

On a leafy autumn ground, a metal tray has a wee wood stove standing on it, with stovepipe sticking up.

Thursday, my work schedule and the weather converged and I could finally burn in the tiny wood stove for my tiny house. This is to get the coating to burn off outside instead of inside.

Autumn leaves in background; close up of tiny wood stove standing on metal tray; a fire burns merrily behind the door window.

Background is daytime autumn outdoors with leaves; foreground is stovepipe with a disk shaped thermometer ranging from 100 to 900 F; the needle is at 150.

The goal temperature is 400 F.

Back of tiny wood stove showing openings for stovepipe and cold air intake; metal panels are bolted to the sides of the stove but not the back.

The panels on the sides of the stove, heat shields, reduce the clearance needed. Because my house is so narrow, the stove will face left instead of away from the wall. The rear exit stovepipe does not allow for the rear heat shield but the stove pipe itself will require clearance, so that's fine.

The upper opening is for the stovepipe. The lower one is for an exterior cold air intake. In well sealed houses like mine, this helps reduce the depletion of oxygen without opening windows that work against the heating to aid the burning.