Originally Posted by Stevekozak
I agree that a barrel stove will throw off incredible amounts of heat. I am not sure of the longevityof the barrels though. I know that when I was growing up we used 55 gallon barrels as trash burning barrels and they tended to last about a year before being used up. Not sure if indoor wood burning would last substantially longer or not.
I've seen them last 20+ years.
I'm not sure how your burn barrel was kept but most I've seen usually have thoroughly rusted within a short time because the bare steel is exposed to the elements year round.
Just my .02 on the issue and mind you, I've never tried one myself.