Glenn Herbert wrote:With such a pretty, and presumably fairly new and efficient and expensive, woodstove, I could see being reluctant to replace it with another kind of heater. I would mention that for a regular metal stove, the clearances to the likely wood-framed walls are very close and may be unsafe. Tile is fireproof, but doesn't keep the framing behind it from getting hot and eventually charring. Maybe the soapstone surfaces allow much closer clearances while remaining safe. For safety in the current configuration I would advise adding a metal heat shield spaced an inch from the walls so air can circulate behind it.
Without changing the stove, you would get much better heating from it by pulling it out into the room a foot or two. Add floor protection to code, and put a good layer of noncombustible insulation against the back and half of the side walls of the alcove, then stack or mortar up a double layer of heavy brick or stone in a tapered "U" shape in front of the insulation. I know the tile is beautiful, but it is not really helping you as it is. Slope the stovepipe from stovetop back to the existing ceiling penetration so it stays as vertical as practical with gentle bends.
Anne Miller wrote:
Kelly Craig wrote: Much of it is sugar laden garbage passed off as healthy. Yes, many of the contents are healthy, but when commercial suppliers get done, you are dealing with powdery candy bars.
Here are some "better ones for you" granola recipes.
For me cutting the food bill by 80% is not about buying commercial stuff. It is about making your food at home.