Woodstove help

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Arlod2, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. Arlod2

    Arlod2 Well-Known Member

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    We're getting this house that was hooked up to a coal/wood stove,former owners took them when they left. so we're trying a a really small budget replace them. there's a chimey hook up in the first and second floor.


    would you buy this one. http://www.armysurpluswarehouse.com/itemDetail.cfm?product=Yukon M-1950 Stove&item=622



    or http://www.armysurpluswarehouse.com/itemDetail.cfm?product=Potbelly Stove&item=597


    or http://www.armysurpluswarehouse.com/itemDetail.cfm?product=Great Northern Camp Stove MAJS&item=1160



    I'm working currently with $215. to get one and a friend is giving us a very very old potbelly stove {railroad type.} and a electric fireplace. we've got two electirc space heaters 1500.. from Walmart and a small keroseme heater from a another friend.


    Which would you go with. Arlod
     
  2. Freeholder

    Freeholder Well-Known Member

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    How much space can you allot to the stove? The ones you gave links to are all tent stoves -- they'd work in a pinch for household use, but IMO aren't the best choices. I would get a barrel stove kit, and a heavy-duty steel 55 gallon drum, and build a stove out of that, if you have room (and a good supply of firewood -- they do go through a lot of wood). Most of the ones we've had had part of the top of the stove cut out, and a steel plate welded in (make it wider than the stove top) for a cooking surface. Or, you can do the same thing with a heavy water heater tank, or any of several other kinds of tanks.

    Kathleen
     

  3. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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  4. Arlod2

    Arlod2 Well-Known Member

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    Unforunately the husband {city fella} is afraid they're a fire hazard waiting to happen. sigh days I'd like too. LOL personelly I'd rather the barrel stove and the Yukon coal/wood. as I can in a bad weather sitation can cook on it. sigh..... Arlod
     
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    cfabe Well-Known Member

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    Your husband is right, those stoves you were looking at would be a fire hazard installed in a home. A proper UL compliant heating wood stove can be had for in the $400-500 price range. If you're going to have homeowners insurance, check with them to see what their requirements for a stove are, that's going to determine what you can get and how it' installed. Don't be surprised if the existing chimney is not up to code.
     
  7. WisJim

    WisJim Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The money spent on a better quality stove will be rewrded by longer stove life, less wood burned, a safer installation, and is money well spent in the long run.