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Wood Stove alcove
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mlminin    Posted 11-26-2003 at 04:51:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello,

I'm new here. Just found this site this week while searching for Woodland stove info, which I have. (Cute little stove!) Anyway, with perseverance I was able to get a manual and now I have questions about the alcove where I plan to put it.

If any of you have built an alcove ("country style"), and have the time, I'd appreciate hearing from you. I want it to look like the old alcoves where women did their cooking in the kitchen, which is where my alcove is. Maybe you can direct me to some sites where I can see pics? Any info will be appreciated. Maybe you've made some mistakes from which I can learn as well. I've already made some major ones! :/ Thank you.

I'll check back and give more info if needed. Have to run right now....

Thank you.
~mlminin
P.S. I thought I had submitted a more detailed post last night, but I haven't found it, so am submitting this second one. :)


Nick    Posted 11-26-2003 at 07:18:19       [Reply]  [No Email]

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deadcarp    Posted 11-26-2003 at 07:10:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
wish i had more specific advice but remember that alcoves can be reflectors too and make that side of the stove get hotter than usual. and if that happens, besides warpage you hafta watch the stovepipe cuz it still has to lug any excess heat away. we have some scorched z-brick on drywall that proves how hot it got. if that had been a wood wall we'd have smelled it. or worse. :)


Mike D.    Posted 11-26-2003 at 05:29:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Mlminin,
Are you using this stove to heat your house?
Or just the kitchen?
Those instructions will have all the setback requirements for fire protection, but I'm guessing that your alcove will be bigger than those, right?
I installed a stove for a customer some time ago. We used one inch slate for the flooring and sidewalls. The space this stove sat in was an old box type bay window that got closed in. It was about 8 foot wide and 4 foot deep. Sure held the heat well. Also installed a hidden hood behind a valance) with a small pick-up fan to distribute heat into the room better. The stove was a tiny Jotul. Got real warm but the burn time was only about 4 hours.


mlminin    Posted 11-26-2003 at 07:55:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for your reply. The slate idea sounds beautiful. Great idea about the fan. What did you use for the ceiling?

It's not to heat the whole house, just the kitchen, eating area and surrounding area. We have a larger wood stove in our 'living' area, which is up three steps. I'm definitely allowing for all the manufacturer's clearances, plus extra.

I think I'm running into dead-ends wherever I turn with this stove idea. We're ready for drywall for this remodel and the stove still isn't working. Poor planning on my part, but I'm still looking for a way to make it work. Now I'm faced with the problem that our ceiling height in the alcove is 6' and the manual says it has to be a minimum of 7'. :/ The alcove is under a shed roof and I don't think we can go any higher with the ceiling. The 2X6 ceiling joists don't allow for any higher than 6' from the stove floor to the ceiling. I could lower the floor, which is 18" above the acutal floor. That probably means re-doing the whole alcove, which may be the only option. I really wanted the floor height to make loading and working with the fire box easier.

Do you think I've thought of all the options?

Thanks,
~mlminin


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