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DIY Outdoor Wood-burning Stove

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    3 Hours

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  • Tools & Supplies

    • Old Wood-Burning Stove
    • 3’ - 6” Diameter Black Stove Pipe
    • 6” Diameter Black Stove Pipe Elbow
    • Custom Built Steel Piping for the Base Piece
    • Painter's Tape
    • Newspaper or Painter’s Paper
    • Sandpaper: grits 120
    • Paper Towels

Outdoor living spaces are truly an amazing expansion of any home! A great lounge area and dining space are wonderful to have in those summertime months, and the addition of an outdoor wood-burning fireplace or stove can be the perfect cherry on top. Please take a peek below at my 6-step guide to an outdoor wood-burning stove.

  1. Measure the stack hole and have your local welding shop custom build an attachable piece of steel to use on the top of the stove. Have them use a 6” diameter pipe so that you can fit a standard stove pipe into the top when it is finished.
  2. Attach the 3’ stove pipe to the custom steel pipe fitting. You may need to use some tin snips to make this fit properly or take it into the welding shop and have them fit it there. You will also want to add a 6” elbow pipe to the top at this point.
  3. If you have any areas of the stove you don’t want painted, you should cover them now using the painter’s tape and paper roll or newspaper. I needed to tape off the front of the stove as it was chrome and I wanted it to stay that way.
  4. Clean off loose rust and any flaking parts. I used a 120-grit sanding block but a piece of sandpaper will do the trick. You don't need to get down to bare, shiny metal, but rather clean off the flakes and powdery surface rust that will prevent paint from adhering. However, badly rusted metal areas will need more prep work.
  5. Wipe the area clean using a damp cloth and allow it to dry completely before beginning to paint the area.
  6. Paint! You can now begin spray painting using the Rust-Oleum Specialty High Heat. Hold the can approximately 6-12” away from the piece when spraying. It is very important that you don’t spray too close to the piece or it could run the risk of pooling or running. If this does happen, blot the drip with a damp cloth and allow it to dry completely before you paint a second coat on the area. You should be able to have the drip not show at all if you do it properly. Allow the whole piece to dry completely in between coats. I did three coats for my fireplace as I wanted to have really good coverage on it.

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I am B Vintage Style, an Interior designer and home decor/lifestyle blogger. I also co-own Vintage Society Co., an Interior Design firm and online retail shop. We specialize in a custom line of handmade linens, French antiques and more. I am also a mother of two amazing children, married to my high school sweetheart! In 2012, we purchased the home of our dreams and moved back to our small-town roots in Alberta, Canada. I have spent the last 6 years DIYing and renovating our home little by little! Visit @bvintagestyle for more inspiration.

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