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Re: woodstove

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Posted by Hal/WA on August 02, 2002 at 10:35:08 from (

In Reply to: woodstove posted by eggie on August 01, 2002 at 16:12:43:

I lived in a mobile home for a long time. It was good, cheap living and got us through a time in our lives when we really could not afford a big mortgage. The first year, I relied on the electric heat, but the bills in the winter were huge and we always had to worry about power outages that might last for a couple of days. So I decided to get a wood stove.

I researched the stoves and learned that to avoid possible insurance problems if I ever had a loss, I had to get a building permit and to do this I had to have a mobile home approved stove. I looked at a lot of stoves and decided on an Earth Stove, as it used a Metalbestos chimney from the stove top through the roof, had a full hearth, drew combustion air through a hole in the floor, and was rated at 1" clearance from combustables. Unfortunately, it was quite expensive.

I installed the stove myself and added sheetmetal shields where the chimney passed through the roof and also behind the stove in front of the wood panelled wall. It passed inspection and the inspector said it was one of the best installations he had ever seen.

We used the stove for a number of years. The electric heat would seldom come on and our electric bills actually went down in the winter. The stove saved the water pipes from freezing several times and kept us quite comfortable.

The stove saved me a bunch of money over time and gave little trouble. However using the kind of wood we had was quite messy. When I built my new house, I switched over to natural gas and no longer burn wood. I did leave room for a chimney when I designed the new house, and if gas gets too expensive I will add a wood stove in the basement.

I would NOT put a wood stove that does not get combustion air from outside, or any unvented combustion device in a mobile home. Most mobile homes are just too airtight and you would run the terrible risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and DEATH. Also since most mobile homes are built so lightly, special arrangements have to be taken to avoid fire, which will usually completely destroy a mobile home.

And I would suggest that you check with your insurance company about a woodstove in your mobile home. Even though I bought the expensive stove, did a great job of installing it and jumped through all the hoops, after a couple of years, my insurer cancelled me. I had a hard time getting coverage and ended up paying about 3 times what I would have been if I had not had the wood stove. And you really need insurance. Who knows what might happen, like a tree blowing over and damaging the house, or a neighbor kid getting injured on your property? Good luck, but I would not install the non-approved stove in a mobile home.

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