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#1 posted 01-17-2018 01:57 PM

I just recently steam bent some really long pieces and just used some 6”x 5’ steel ducts for my steam box. You can also use an 8” duct if you need something a little bigger. I just plugged the ends with towels and ran the hose from the wallpaper steamer in from the end before sticking in the towels. I also covered the chamber with towels to help insulate to retain more heat but you could also just buy a double walled chimney pipe instead. The only “construction” was to cut 2 small pieces on the bandsaw to act like a cradle so it doesn’t roll around. I just used a couple of scraps to raise/hold the wood up off the bottom of the pipe. Worked like a charm and when done, I just stand it on end in a corner of the shop so it doesn’t take up much space either.

EDIT: I just looked at the prices on the double and triple walled stove pipe and it is crazy expensive so I’d stick with plain old ducting with towels for insulation.

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