The recent ice storm, and power outage, reminded me how we used to heat our home and cook with wood back home in NY. The EPA has been making noise about banning or restricting the sales of woodstoves, and quality stoves are expensive. In the past I’ve heated with barrel stoves, and they are cheap to make, and replace, as used barrels are plentiful. Broken limbs from the ice storm means a plentiful wood supply, and scrap wood from construction and pallets are also plentiful. Vogelzang makes a inexpensive kit that makes it easy to turn a 30 or 55 gallon steel drum into a workable heater and cookstove. The basic kit adds cast iron legs, door, and chimney collar. Addons include a cook plate, grate, and even a double barrel kit for increased heat output. Check out http://goo.gl/zK0mRA for more details.