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Wood stoves that can also burn Gas

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Last night, while the Mrs and I were enjoying the warmth of the crackling of the wood in the fireplace, I had to go outside and bring in enough wood for a few more hours of blissful comfort. Unfortunately, it was snowing and miserably cold.

 

After getting another adult beverage and resituated in my easy chair I started thinking that it sure would be nice to have a propane gas stove where, with just a push of a button, I get instant enjoyment. I've got a 1000 lb tank out back so hooking up a gas stove shouldn't be difficult.

 

Then the prepper in me came out. If some sort of catastophic event occurred and I couldn't get propane tank refills I would be up the creek. I've got many, many acres of trees so I've got a sustainable fuel source for heating. It just isn't convenient and I'm not getting any younger.

 

So I was thinking maybe someone makes a gas stove insert (or free-standing) that can be easily converted to wood burning. That way I can have my convenience now and still be able to burn wood if the unimaginable happened and civilization as we know it can to an end.

 

Has anyone out there on the Forum heard of a gas stove insert that can also support wood burning? Appreciate any leads.

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Have you considered a multi-head propane infrared or commercial infrared propane unit? You could close the fireplace off with a removable cover and plumb a hard line to the edge of the fireplace and set up the propane heater with a flex line and cut-off valve. Looking at some of the outputs available you would need to figure out how much output you would need and go from there. That would allow you to return to using the fireplace when/if you gave out of propane. Personally I like the infrared type propane unit for its high efficiency. Something to keep in mind would be having a way to close off the chimney at the top to keep pests from moving in while you are not using the fireplace.

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Partsman: Excellent recommendation. Have done a little research and believe that a portable propane infrared heater will soon become part of my back-up home heating solution. The heat pump remains my primary source with the propane heater supplemented with the wood fireplace (or stove) would be my secondary/emergency sources. Thanks for the recommendation.

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