Kevin McCloud makes a wood-burning stove from an old safe in Man Made Home

Kevin McCloud is best known as the presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs. While that programme saw a few wood-burning stoves installed in its time, none of them were quite as unusual as the one he’s installed for new show Man Made Home.

As the Channel 4 website puts it:

As Kevin wants to reuse, repurpose and recycle as much of his building as possible, he decides to turn a 1930s heavy steel safe into a wood burning stove. But he has to use the dangerous tool of the 70s bank robber, a thermic lance, to do it.

As purveyors of wood-burning stoves we might be a tad biased, but we reckon this might be an example of reusing too far. After all, you could probably have bought a stove by the time you’ve acquired a safe and a thermic lance. And that’s before you consider the time it will take you. And the danger (from both the thermic lance and then the toxic fumes from the paint that soon start to fill Kevin’s cabin once he lights the stove).

Nonetheless, Kevin does some excellent work in turning himself into an amateur stove manufacturer once he’s scratched all that paint off. A bit rough round the edges it might be, but it’s not a bad effort and he reports that it burns efficiently.

And with the stove lit, it’s difficult to argue with Kevin as he muses: “The fire itself inside is a beautiful thing and I could sit all evening once the sun has gone down and stare at that… drinking, imagining stories in my head.”

A pleasant thought indeed.

Kevin will be fuelling his wood burner with a free supply of wood from the forested area around his cabin.

At the time of writing, you can view the episode in which Kevin gets his wood-burning stove up and running on the Channel 4 website.

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