so...i am in the market for a wood stove but there are so many choices that i cannot seem to make up my mind...there are some used ones around but part of me feels like a new one would be better since we have a liitle cash reserved for it. i am looking at a Drolet and wondering if anyone has experience with this company, any help would be so great! we built a cob hearth andd looking forward to seeing how it all works
folks here will recomend a rocket mass heater as they seem to have very efficient wood use...like 1 cord a year.
avoid buying a wood stove on looks....the pretty enamel ones are pretty but not efficient wood burners. We wanted to burn wood since we are able to get the wood ourselves and not having to purchase wood or pellets was inportant to us. Insert wood stoves for fire places are terrible for heating a whole house. pellet stoves require electricity to run. My brother in law has an insert wood stove in a very small house and uses 6-8 cords of wood every year ;0(
we chose a Blaze King wood burning stove. it is made in Washington state and it is one of the most efficient wood burners we could research. we have a 2000 square foot house and we burn wood from Oct-April. we use 4-5 cords every year. I was surprised as the biggest expense was the darn Chimney......making a rocket mass heater even more desirable. A used wood stove can be a good investment, as not much can go wrong with a wood stove that can not bee seen with the vsible eye. things like the glass, fiberglass seal, bricks can be easily replaced if the box is sound and not ckracked.
Our Blaze king has a "reburner" Tha the exhuast goes through before going up the chimney. it basically burns off the smoke one more time before leaving the chimney...This creates more heat and make cleaner emissions.
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Thelma McGowan wrote: I was surprised as the biggest expense was the darn Chimney......making a rocket mass heater even more desirable.
Between that and the hearth/heatshield, it can be way more than the stove itself. but DO NOT SKIMP on your chimney or installation if you value your house or your life...
Drolet has a good reputation.
Make sure you don't oversize your stove. Dampering down is one of the worst things you can do for efficiency, maintenance, and safety (creosote and CO).
Make sure you buy your stove for how you intend to heat--do you want a fast heating stove to heat up the home when you get home from work or a slow consistent heat like a soapstone stove?
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