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Scott Hansen    Posted 06-11-2002 at 09:27:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What kind of wood burning stove do you have, and why do you like it? Which kind is best? If not a wood burner, what do you heat your house with?

Salmoneye    Posted 06-12-2002 at 04:14:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wonderwood or Ashley if you can find them.
Ashleys are being made again by a different company, but I have no experience with the new ones.
The Ashley in our house makes me keep the windows open. This is in an old house (less than 1000 sq ft) with no insulation.
Record inside temp this winter was 108.
80 is normal here.
Monitor 30 for backup...

BOSS    Posted 06-11-2002 at 17:04:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Central Boiler, heats 4500 sf., load it 2 times a day, a constant 75 degrees in the winter months in our house....wife likes it that warm.
I love the thing, not much splitting of logs and I can throw in 3 ft. long logs...if it fits in the door, it can burn.

Sned    Posted 06-11-2002 at 14:08:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
We run a Brunco (don't know the model # but is the biggest they make) And love the thing! I can load it good at 10:00pm and will have a good bed of coals at 8:00 the next morning. We heat 3240 sq ft with it. If you are installing a chimney go with Metal Bestos for safety sake! Masonary chimneys are not for wood or coal burning although many use em.

Les...fortunate    Posted 06-11-2002 at 12:38:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Central Boiler (outside). Last one I had inside the house was a Shenandoah. Riteway is better than Shenandoah. Vermont Castings are also very good.

Sammie    Posted 06-11-2002 at 10:19:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have an old "Earth Stove". it was here when I bought the place last Oct. I like it cuz it's easy to start a fire, easy to clean, does a great job of heating the house, although last winter wasn't very cold. I do have electric as a backup/supplimental but didn't use it much last winter and only when I was too lazy to build a fire. I like the woodstove cuz I can burn alot of the old wood laying around as well as burnable "trash" so I don't have to pay to have it hauled off. The Earth stove looks nice and fits right in with my style of furnature and life style.

dogbardave    Posted 06-11-2002 at 10:15:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You might consider a corn burning stove. You can check out:

Also, do a search on "corn stoves."

I was considering this for a garage conversion. Turns out you can burn pellets and corn in a corn stove, but not always corn in a pellet stove. It apparently burns hotter and can melt wire insulations and warp metal in the pellet stoves.

good luck!

Greg VT    Posted 06-11-2002 at 10:08:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a 15 year old Hearthstone II. It's has soapstone panels in a cast frame with a glass front door. It heats our 1600sq' post and beam no problem. We have a Monitor kerosene heater for backup.

Scott Hansen    Posted 06-11-2002 at 10:35:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to see plans of your place. How many bedrooms?

Greg VT    Posted 06-11-2002 at 13:18:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The original part of the house, built in 1970, has three bedrooms in a loft type setup with a cathedral ceiling over the kitchen. The addition built in 1984 has one large bedroom. The lack of interior walls in the downstairs and the cathedral ceiling opening up the upstairs makes it real easy to heat. This house. and two others were built by a bunch of hippies trying to "escape" the establishment.I guess after a couple of Vermont winters the "establishment" didn't look so bad. One of the original three houses burned down so it's just us and our neighbor up here on the ridge now.

ed    Posted 06-11-2002 at 09:55:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We own a LOPI Liberty, its the largest model they make, can take up to a 24" log and will burn all night with the air controller pulled out. It has a nice glass viewing window and a even nicer cooktop area, which is handy when you lose power on a cold winter night. I try not to burn oil so this is our main heat source for the winter months.


F14    Posted 06-11-2002 at 09:39:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a semi-airtight as a backup. It's by Elmira Stoveworks, made of heavy plate steel, with firebrick lining and a gasketed door with a viewing glass in it. Both attractive (nothing like gazing into a fire with whilst cuddling with yer honey) and efficient (it'll drive ya plumb outta the house if ya over stoke it).

Oil was so cheap and the winter so mild this past year that I never even fired it up. Nothing like it on a really cold day tho. Come in the house half frozen and snotsickles hanging off yer mustache, and cuddle up to that puppy for a couple of minutes and yer warm as toast.

Scott Hansen    Posted 06-11-2002 at 09:47:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What does semi-airtight mean?

F14    Posted 06-11-2002 at 09:54:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I sorta made up that term, it may actually be considered an air-tight. If you close the door and shut the draft all the way, the fire will basically go out. This is as opposed to a Franklin type, with has little or no control over the amount of air getting to the fire.

Scott Hansen    Posted 06-11-2002 at 09:56:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got it. I though that might have been a type designation, like:

Semi airtight
Call the Fire Department

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