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Woodstove Selection Help

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by kbp68, May 4, 2011.

  1. May 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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    Anybody out there know anything about wood stoves? I am looking for the biggest, long burning, bad ass mofo in existance. I can see the Blaze King plant from my office but their "King" is ugly as fuck. Can someone recommend something equal that doesn't look like it should be surrounded by orange shag and daisy wall paper?
     
  2. May 4, 2011 at 4:45 PM
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    biggest and baddest isn't always the best. you need to calculate your sq. footage and find a stove that fits. My house is around 1640 sqft and my Jotul is set for around 1500 sq. ft. Go a tiny but under allows you to burn a hotter, cleaner fire and stay comfy. I burn almost 6 cords a year, stove runs about 22 hours a day above 400*. if you get below 300, you get build up. little fans properly placed will move air very well. if the room that the stove is going in is smaller or doe not let air out to the rest of the house well, consider getting a stove without a blower, room will become too hot.

    I maintain about 70* downstairs and around 63 upstairs where the bedrooms are.

    I love my Jotul, the style fits my house well, solid build, and weights a ton. Has paid for itself several times over.

    if you over size a stove, you will have to close it down and let it burn poor. Hot fire=clean stove=clean chimney= less likely fort chimney fire because there is no build up.

    as far as burn time, i go to bed with a good bed of ash, stuff the stove and shut the air down, i wake up 8 hours later with enough coals and a warm stove to kick it up again with little to no effort. when i am awake and home, i burn 3/4 throttle maintain 450-500* and requires a log or 2 every 45-60 minutes. steady burn to maintain.

    I have prob too much knowledge in this area as i have burned wood all my life, hit me up with any question.

    after the stove comes a mean chain saw, and then you hoard fire wood, never driving past a downed branch or tree. it becomes an illness to strive and heat your house and not pay for the fuel.
     
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    Check out the Pacific Energy Alderlea , I have the T5 version , it's the best stove I've ever used .

    We heat our house completely with wood .

    http://www.pacificenergy.net/alderlea/index.php
     
  4. May 5, 2011 at 2:31 PM
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    We are looking for rustic/old fashioned type stoves to fit into our rustic farmhouse. Vermont Castings have the look, but nothing with the burn times of the Blaze King. The house is 3600sq' (1800 up/down) and the stove will be located in the kitchen at roughly the center of the first floor. We would like it to be our primary heat source and supplement with the heat pump. We have 5 ceiling fans located throughout the house. 2 up/ 3 down
     
  5. May 5, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    Good advice to get one "right sized" so you can burn it hot. Also, get one with the catalytic converter to get more heat out of your wood and also pollute less. A double bonus!

    Also, make sure you have totally dry wood that is stored 100% out of the rain.
     
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    Did you look at the link I posted ?
     
  7. May 5, 2011 at 2:40 PM
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    Oz you nailed it! That T6 looks like it may be the ticket! And made in Canada too! They don't seem to list burn times on their site. How long does yours go?
     
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    Masonry stoves sound pretty kick ass but I think you have to find someone to come build it in your house.

    http://www.tempcast.com/

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    EDIT: maybe not very practical for where you are planning on putting it in your house.
     
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    Masonry stoves take hours to heat up, and stay warm for hours so I don't think they are that practical. They force you to have your house at the same temp day and night.

    Better off to have a metal stove that you can fire up in the morning, then let it die off in the evening. No point in having a hot house in the middle of the night.
     
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    Who, those are crazy, probably over $10K for that.
     
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    I'm an outdoor wood burner kind of guy. Sounds like some good advice on indoor burners so far.
     
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    I want to heat a 300 sq.ft sun room and also be able to cook with a wood burning stove during long ass power failures that follow storms. Is it worth putting a wood burning stove in there or stay with electric heat. Being able to cook or even heat food is a must. Any ideas? Thanks.
     
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    I have the T5 , we have it on the main floor of our 3 floor , 2500 sqft house , and it keeps us nice and warm .

    If you use DFir rounds or Arbutus you can get an 8 hour burn with mine , I bet longer with the T6.

    I really liked that I could load logs lengthwise in this stove , the glass is always clean and it reburns the combustion gasses .

    The top is split into 2 hinged sides so you can cook on it and regulate the heat by how you position the halves .

    I highly recommend this stove .
     
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    Yeah probably so. I'd like to hear from someone that has one to verify the claims about how well they work. A bonus is you can get a small oven built into them.
     
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    With my Lopi, i get 12 to 14 hour burn with Douglas fir, and 8-10 hour burns on lodge pole pine. It also has catalytic converters to re-burn all unburnt fuel. If you look at the stack, you can barely notice that it is burning. I have also thrown coal in that sucker, and it never goes out, but gets way way too hot in the house!!

    Not trying to one up ya, just my experience with Lopi, and mine is an insert no less.
    Free standing would completely be too much for my house.

    Here is link to the stove i am burning,
    http://www.lopistoves.com/product_guide/detail.aspx?id=218#Specs
     
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    Cool
     
  18. May 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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    you have to be carefully catalytic stoves, they can not burn as hot. Mine is not, i burn hot and never have smoke except on initial lite. I have a stainless steel flexible liner and have very little build up, i only need to clean once a year, but check it often.
     
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