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What to do with a wood stove
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Scott    Posted 10-11-2003 at 10:34:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Granddaughter is coming to live with us (she is 15 months old) and my wife wants our wood stove out of the dining room. Thinking about putting the stove in the basement and firing it up down there. Any thoughs on how well this will help heat the rest of the house(ranch styke)? The basement is not finished and completly open. I do not want to place the stove in the basement if it will just waste firewood down there/

Okie-Dokie    Posted 10-12-2003 at 04:41:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've seen some pretty good looking fences put up around the stove and they seemed to work just fine for keeping the baby safe.

Hal/WA    Posted 10-11-2003 at 14:18:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I raised my kids in a house with a wood stove that was hot all the time if heat was needed. I was concerned with them falling against it when they were really little and built a plywood fence around the stove base that was about 2 1/2 feet tall, and which had many large holes cut into the panels. It was painted black and looked OK to me. None of the children ever fell against the stove and all 5 grew up enjoying its warmth in the main room.

I didn't have a basement in that house, but do in my new one. I have considered installing a wood stove in the basement as a backup heat source. I would use the gas furnace fan and ductwork to distribute the heated air that the wood stove produces. When I designed the house, I planned the space for this woodstove in the basement by leaving space in a main floor closet for a matalbestos type of chimney.

But I think it is much more efficient to have the wood stove in the area that you normally live in, because then you get to enjoy the radiant heat that comes from it.

Adding a fence around your existing wood stove would protect the baby and would sure be easier and cheaper than changing what you already have. Wrought iron might look better than plywood. And you would retain the radiant heat in that room. Good luck!

Randy    Posted 10-11-2003 at 14:09:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My friend has that setup. Hot air rises, leaves the door to the basement open.

Not only that...    Posted 10-11-2003 at 14:16:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
By heating the 'ceiling' in the basement (which is the floor to the main level), you will get 'radiant' effect in the upper level...

Many 'old' constructions had the woodstove in the lowest level...Something that we have gotten away from/forgotten...


deadcarp    Posted 10-11-2003 at 12:46:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
you'd need to consider house and stove size & type, the expected threat posed by cold, getting wood & ashes to & from the thing, handling bark, smoke & chimney issues, maybe insurance, things like that. heat rises so if there's a way for it to get up there, it'll be trying. some will seep right thru the floor, depending on drafts and insulation. i'd rather have a stove and infant where i can keep a sorta eye on them both. they make fences & grates to limit proximities. at that age they're ready to explore. :)

~Lenore    Posted 10-11-2003 at 13:07:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
DC, that is what I was thinking, too.
I believe many a house full of babies grew up with wood stoves in the house.
It does not take a normal child long to learn to keep a safe distance.
I vaguely remember my grandma having one in her house;
I never touched it.

Bill in TN    Posted 10-11-2003 at 14:20:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had one in the basement for years. That's the best place for it, as heat rises. Most of the mess stays downstairs as well.....

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