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Since I had 4 large trees cut down and have plenty of wood I have been thinking about buying one,where does one find one and which brand is the best for the money.

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junkyardjeff wrote:
Since I had 4 large trees cut down and have plenty of wood I have been thinking about buying one,where does one find one and which brand is the best for the money.


hey Stranger, where ya been ?

I am NOT a fan of fireplaces when it comes to efficient wood burning heat, however, I am a HUGE fan of free standing stoves that are lined with fire brick and made outa heavy gauge steel.

My Ex and I had one called "the Earth Stove" and if you used the ceiling fans to move the air, it would heat the entire house during a typical Texas winter night.

The key to any wood burning heat is getting the proper "draw" so do your homework when installing the chimney/vent/etc and also be sure and let that wood cure a little before using it for heat.

Probably more than you asked for, eh???

 



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a little more info on the stove that we had, if you don't mind

ours had three doors - - - one was just a grated screen that allowed you to see and hear the wood burning - - - the second was a glass door that allowed you to see the fire but burned more efficiently - - - and the third was a heavy insulated steel door that you could put on and lock down at bedtime (after setting the damper) and it would almost run you out of the living room with the ceiling fans blowing down very slowly and taking the rising heat down to where you were.

we also set the ceiling fans in the bedrooms to where they were pulling the heat from the living room and it sure was cozy and toasty

good luck and let us know what you decide to do and how it works for you

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Its either going to be a fireplace insert or one of those boilers out back and put another heat exchanger in my existing furnace and one in the garage so I can keep both heated for cheaper then natural gas.

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that's cool, if you end up with a fireplace insert, be sure and get one that is efficient and not one that just burns up wood - - - there is a major difference in the two

some fireplaces just pull the heat outa the house and right up the chimney - - so they end up working against you instead of for you

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s'me again biggrin

I think that some of the fireplace units offer a pretty good governmemt tax credit



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Wood burnin' is quite popular around here and before I got hurt it was our main source as well. I've seen some very attractive and efficient inserts...they're more like an air tight stove. That's what I have downstairs in the basement, an air tight stove, and when I was runnin' it this place was as cozy as could be. We ran fans just like Mello talked about and that makes the difference. Run fans and find the sweet spot in your draft and use good wood. I used mostly Rock Maple, Ash and Yellow Birch, our house is about 3600 sqft, I don't like to be cold and we never used over 4 cord in a winter. That's efficient in my books. Our electric heat was set to come on at about 15C (62F) at night while we slept 'cause the fire would burn down and we don't like it too hot while we're sleepin'.
It's been so long since I bought a stove that I can't really answer your question. hmm Just gonna ramble about my experience with wood burnin' I guess. biggrin I also know that those outdoor rigs are expensive to buy, expensive to set up and can really eat up the wood. On the upside they work great and you can heat multiple buildings or even yer pool with the one of 'em. Good luck and keep us posted...I'll uuhhh try not to be so chatty about nuthin' next time. wink  giggle.gif

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We heated with wood exclusively for probably 10 12 years,, We had the same stove that Mello is talkin about,, the "earth stove" a very efficient stove,, but technology has passed it by,, but it certainly put out some heat, and didn't take much wood,,
We also had a fireplace insert, called a convection stove, it would suck room air in the bottom of the stove and the air would circulate around the fire box that had a double wall , and heated the air and it came back out into the room above the top of the stove,, we put a cast iron kettle of water on top of the stove inline with where the warm air came out and it would be nice moist heat, really a confortable heat,, we used wood heat for a LOOOOONG time,, till I got tired of building fires all the time

Our house has gas fired hot water radiant heat,, I just replaced the boiler last spring, With a 97% effecentcy gas boiler, and it really works great, and lots cheaper than the 35 y/o POS that it replaced,,

There are some pretty soficated stoves out there now,, also some junk 




















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Bad Rat wrote:
There are some pretty soficated stoves out there now,, also some junk 


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them wood heaters are good.the longer the vent pipe the more heat you get from it too.i used one to heat the whole house in arkansas.worked great.

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2 years ago I had a 95 percent furnace installed and it helped a bunch compared to the original gravity furnace but I dont want to waste the wood I have and even get by cheaper when its real cold.

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the longer the vent pipe the more heat you get from it too.


you betcha, the one my Ex and I had sat in the middle of the living room that had a very high vaulted ceiling and consequently the pipe stand was almost 20 feet long

 



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thats how mine was.the room was 1016 sq. ft. .with a raised ceilin. i put a small 6" flex duct with an inline fan to each bedroom high up on the wall near the center where it was tallest.man, it was hot up there with that heater goin with that long vent.i had plenty of wood so my heat bill was just some work to cut the wood.i built some solar heat glass rooms in denver co. that worked well too.

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Some say that it si better to have a gas fireplace installed than a wood burning one, since you have to clean up a lot more arround it. I would say you may try Valor fireplaces. anyway you can read a lot about this at this fireplaces website.



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