View Full Version : Wood stove: Boat vs. ice fishing wood stove

09-13-2005, 12:17 PM
Any reason why an ice-fishing hut wood stove would not work as well as some other wood stoves on boats? Is it a cast iron vs. sheet metal?

Cheers, Bruce Elfstrom

Bob Cleek
09-13-2005, 08:08 PM
Well, it depends on the stove. There was a fella up dere in ice fishin country, Benton Harbor, I think, who used to make great stoves in his garage. Called his company the Fatsco Stove Company. They were called "Tiny Tots" and "Pets" and were used in a lot of small boats. The tops, grates and doors were cast iron and the rest sheet metal. (He also made tops and bottoms and legs for side standing big stoves in which the body was just a 55 gallon oil drum.) He was a one man operation and I doubt he could still be alive. Last I heard of anybody buying a stove from him was in the mid-seventies and he was an old semi retired bugger then. His stoves were originally designed for ice fishermen, until the boaters discovered them.

09-13-2005, 08:49 PM


Fastco Stoves (http://www.fatscostoves.com/)

09-13-2005, 09:32 PM
Howard's got one of those on Malolo:


09-13-2005, 11:21 PM
We had a Tiny Tot on Magic for many years. On foggy days down East, it provided as much entertainment as heat.

09-14-2005, 05:58 AM
We love our Tiny Tot. It was on the boat when we bought her, but in terrible shape. For $85 in parts purchased from the Yeomans (glad to see that they're on the web now, sort of!), it's good as new and generates a surprising amount of heat.


09-14-2005, 08:41 AM
So whats the worry with current ice hut stoves, or the jotul 404 cookstove? web page (http://cgi.ebay.com/Ice-fishing-shack-shanty-wood-stove-heater-cooker_W0QQitemZ3697246203QQcategoryZ36152QQssPage Na meZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)


p.s. seems the URL link thing only works about 1/2 the time :confused:

[ 09-14-2005, 09:42 AM: Message edited by: OEX ]

09-14-2005, 11:41 AM
What's the fuel for a Fatsco?

09-14-2005, 12:02 PM
We used charcoal briquettes. Never tried coal.

09-14-2005, 01:04 PM
We primarily use wood (it's surprising how much fits in that small stove), as well as charcoal briquets.