wood burning stove

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by valicia, May 25, 2006.

  1. valicia

    valicia Active Member

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    we are looking into getting a wood burning stove does anybody have any
    that they would recommend,quality,price,looks.we live in north georiga and would be heating 1600 sf. thanks for your help
     
  2. turtlehead

    turtlehead Well-Known Member

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    We have a soapstone stove and love it! The soapstone holds the heat and the stove will continue to heat for a couple of hours after the fire gone out. Plus they're beautiful. Ours is made by Hearthstone and it came with the house. They have a web site that will help you decide how big a stove you need for a given climate and square footage.

    Depending on how your place is laid out, you might want to consider a couple of small stoves instead of one big one for heating 1600 sq. ft. I know when we are heating with our wood stove we end up running some fans to circulate the air between rooms. Upstairs is always comfortable but the bathroom downstairs can get awfully cold if we don't force the air to circulate.
     

  3. FreightTrain

    FreightTrain Well-Known Member

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    depends on what you want... what fuels you want to burn? wood, coal, corn, sawdust pellets?, do you want new or used?, is efficiency important? prices range from 50.00 to thousands...
     
  4. Alex

    Alex Well-Known Member

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    It depends where you are, what you winter outdoor design temperature is, insulation, window quality, infiltration, and as mentioned layout. A 1,600 ft2 house could be a challenge for air distribution without a wood furnace and duct distribution system.

    You want to get the highest efficiency wood stove or furnace you can. You will burn less wood and it will last longer.

    We have 560 ft2 log cabin, two floors, 1060 ft2 total. Our outdoor temperatures can be forty-below for awhile in the winter.

    We have, and love, our Blaze King 82.5% catalytic wood stove, with dual air distribution fans (which we rarely use – mainly for start up.) The room temperature is thermostatically controlled [a bimetallic adjustable knob controls the inlet air for up to 47 hours (on warmer days/nights) of continuous burn time on wood load. Speaking of start up, literally start up is once a year. Depending on wood quality, clean the ash into the ash drawer only every two or three months.

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    Flue needs to extend 2' above roof.

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    This package shows all the things you need to be safe.

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    An insulated flue, and double wall Stainless steel is a type A flue, and what is required for wood heat, we used an 8" ID flue, with 2-1/2" high temperature insulation all around.

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    The double wall air insulated steel flue is below the ceiling flue support thimble at the top. Our wood stove is a catalytic Blaze King, 82.5% efficient (you will burn 17.9% less wood, and longer than with a standared air tight)

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    Finally you need to protect the floor from all those sparks.

    Enjoy your wood stove, talk to a supplier about your exact situation (re heat distribution, size of unit and placement),

    Alex



    BTW
    The soapstone will work, if your instantaneous heat loss is less than the continuous output of the rock mass. This means, in mild climates, or in buildings with excellent (LOW overall heat loss) exterior envelopes, and with properly sized rock, soapstone, or any other mass-heat-storage heaters them will work. However, once the outdoor temperature gets low enough, and heat loss high enough, you must put more wood into these units at regular intervals to maintain the desired indoor temperature -- the same amount of wood you will use in any other wood stove of the same efficiency. You must size this unit carefully, and be willing to accept possible variations in the indoor temperature, or supply it with wood same as any other wood stove.
     
  5. praise4him

    praise4him Well-Known Member

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    We got our stove here. They sell the best stoves, have been in business for a very long time, and have a lifetime guarantee on their stoves. We have the smallest model and it about bakes us out of our house. It also has an ash pan underneath that you just take out every couple of days and empty. That is so nice! I checked for Georgia and they don't have a store there but would probably ship to you, and it still might be cheaper than other stoves because the cost of their stove is very reasonable. We paid $900 or so I think. Anyway there is one suggestion for you.
    Blessings!
    Jennifer

    www.kumastoves.com
     
  6. valicia

    valicia Active Member

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    wow thanks for all the great info everyone