European wood stoves

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  1. FrankTheTank

    FrankTheTank Well-Known Member

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    A portable fireplace. Just slide it to the bedroom at night. Neat!
     

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    I see they weigh up to 700 LBS. So "free standing" and portable is not the same thing. Darn.
     
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    Yeah....shipping costs would be a killer, and putting one in a basement might be unlikely due to those weights...Europeans get all kinds of neat toys!
     
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    They are available in the US as well. This link ;
    http://www.vermontwoodstove.com/index.htm#fireshow
    shows a few styles.Most are " soapstone heaters", which work well by absorbing the heat & retaining it for a long time. You build a fire in there, but not a big one. The fire will die down, the soapstone gets warm, & by convection, heats the house. Maybe one more small log or two, all night will keep it going. Do a search of wood heaters & look for soapstone/masonry in the description.
     
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    These masonary furnaces look nice, what would it take to build one yourself?
     
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    One of the design ideas I like is the old Swedish unit that you sleep on. Essentially, it's a horizontal tube type with a long horizontal chimney. It doesn't heat a room well, but it heats what you need heated well, and burns very little material doing it.

    That said, a US homeowners insurance would have fits over any deviation from the established norm.
     
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    gives new meaning to the term, "dont ask, dont tell". :p
     
  9. dmckean44

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    Wouldn't you just simply call it a fireplace?