Thanks LacyJ,lacyj said:I've have a Home Comfort in storage. I used it more as a back up to a propane stove. If you use "widow wood" it will heat up fast and I could make breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast and coffee, in about the same time as on the propane stove. It's got a pretty small fire box, so needs pretty constant stoking. I tried bread only once, as it took soooooooo long to get it hot enough and I ended up opening the door and windows because of the heat. It's great for stews and beans that simmer most of the day. It will heat a medium size room in a fairly short time. In a shop or home, a box heater would be more practical for heat and you can still put a pot of beans on.
The closest I came to building a cookstove (and that's sure no where near what you are planning) was to re-condition the one we bought at a garage sale for $87.50 USD in Vancouver. We added new cast iron fire box liners all around, did a little grinding to make the tops fit better and added a lift lever to lift up the top grate to add wood. And we glued new gaskets all around, we spent another $87.50 USD getting her in good shape.
The difference those few things made were amazing. After we added the improvements/reconstructions it was like day and night. The stove is such a pleasure to cook on now. There are unique (sorry Tom Robbins) cooking experience and temperature areas on the surface. None of the pleasure can fully be experienced without having your stove in top air tight condition and fully functional.
Even the lifting the grate to add wood, instead of the front door makes it nicer and we can use bigger wood that burns differently. Your project sounds like fun. Suggest you copy one, and then improve on the original design. The whole thing will be a bit tricky, that's why I suggest you consider getting one to model or copy and improve.
I would try to think of safety and efficiency if you can.
"Katie II"-The-Cookstove, 1934 Facwett $87.50 USD at Garage Sale, Note Lifting Lever At Left of Cook Top
Good luck, I think you are going to have a good adventure.
btw Our Katie II has a cast iron heat exchanger that is the left fire box liner. We have not hooked that up yet to our hot water system. It will serve as a water pre-heater for our currently electrically heated water after we connect it.