Matt Walker wrote:No concern at all in my opinion. I've been using these with full heat for years in many builds, and keep in mind these are from UL listed stoves that have a 220v 1800w+ coil directly underneath them, insulated below with ceramic fiber. You can put a 5 gallon soup pot full of cold water on one set on high and there is no risk. If these could break from thermal shock at temperatures we can reach with wood fire they would never pass UL certification. Our fires are far less stress than the normal use they are designed to see, in my opinion. I've never heard of one breaking from thermal shock, or even breaking at all other than the one lone post with no details. I can only assume the top was compromised prior, or perhaps was not of the same origin or material. They would not be in households all over the country if they were not deemed safe for extreme heat and large thermal variances across their surface. Nothing at all to worry about in my opinion.
Matt Walker wrote:Kathleen, the Full Cook Stove footprint is roughly 55" x 35". The Tiny Cook Stove footprint is roughly 43" x 40".
As for heat and cooking in summer, well, I suppose it depends. You can cook with the stove top using the bypass and thus not heat the brick, so it's not impossible. That said, lighting a fire every time you cook when you don't need it for warmth will get tiresome, thus my electric range as well. These days I'm in a smaller space and keep a single portable electric burner on the counter top to cook with when I don't want to light a fire. Hope that helps.
Dale Hodgins wrote:Hello Matt. I've enjoyed the quality of your videos. Thank you for not walking around and stumbling with your camera.
I've got an idea for a video or just a portion of one of your videos, that I think would help newcomers to appreciate the efficiency.
I'd like to see some sort of common container, that everyone can relate to, and have it filled with wood. Then, go about a day of cooking and heating, and show how much wood was consumed in a full day. Perhaps it could be measured with 5 gallon buckets, or a standard size laundry basket. It might be nice to use just hardwood or just softwood, to illustrate things.
Matt Walker wrote:He did not Kathleen, I'll see if I can find out though.
Burra Maluca wrote:Matt - just a very quick question.
What length should I cut the wood so it fits nicely in the firebox?
Yes, I'm cuting wood before building the stove....
Satamax Antone wrote:
Burra, did you get my message about the guy in central Portugal, who's offering to help you do the build?
Matt Walker wrote:
A complete build, if everything were purchased as opposed to salvage bricks and materials, would run about $800 by my estimate. That does not include chimney, which yes, should be a regular chimney, venting up above the roof of the building.
Satamax Antone wrote:Mary, yes you need a chimney going above the roofline.
In Ianto evans book, he says that it is possible to have one venting through the wall. I don't know anybody who has been happy with a rocket of any type vented through the wall. They're really prone to extreme smokeback.