try looking at these www.acdirect.comdbthomas said:Hi all,
We are fixin' to buy a new house heating system. We want to use gas and currently have propane. Using another source of heat is not an option. Our house is only about 1200 sq ft. I've been looking online at the various makes and models. I'd really like some "real life" experiences with some of the propane direct-vent heaters/stoves (do not want non-vented). We're looking at the Rinnai, Majestic, Vermont Castings, Quadra-Fire, Lodi, Avalon and Toyostove. If there are others that I've not mentioned, and you are happy with the stove, please give me the name.We're looking to spend what we need to to get a good quality, well made stove that will last 20 years that we can also convert to natural gas if we decide to go that route in the future. We're still in the mid 60's at nights here but it's gonna get cold soon. We need heat!! So tell me what you think about your propane heating stove - good, bad, ugly - maintenance, etc.
Deb in New Mexico
PS: We can't do under the floor radiant heating, there's no place for a furnace, and don't want a gas heat pump.
you dont have to get the ac iff you have a crawl space it can all be done under the house put registers in the floor along the outside walls makes for toasty housedbthomas said:Thanks all for the advice so far -
fordy -- We had a Dearborn in a house a few years ago. It worked most excellent and a friend of ours has two that we could use. Problem now is I've developed emphysema/copd and can't tolerate the fumes from a non-vented heater.
oldhoot -- I will look at those. I thought Warm Morning just made wood stoves. I'll do some research and see what I can find.
mtman -- thanks for the link. We're not going to use air conditioning - we are going to go with a swamp cooler. Plus our old house is only wired for 60 amps right now. It will be a while before we can upgrade.
MorrisonCorner -- I didn't think to mention it - we wanted to use kerosene. Being from the east we were use to using that and know how efficient and WARM it can be. I checked the cost and they want $3.00 per gallon out here. With propane at $1.34, and the house already plumbed for gas, we just can't afford to use kerosene. We wanted to use a vented kero heater but that's not likely now.
I do like the idea of the soapstone. I like to be warm.
Deb in New Mexico