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I'm getting ready to add a wood stove to the house. I figure prices won't get much better than now with stores wanting to dump their winter inventory. I have a 20ft x 30ft room that is basically a sun porch built off the west side of the house that I want to upgrade. The current heat/ac unit isn't big enough to work for this room, and I have been wanting to add a second wood heat option anyway. I have a small inefficient fireplace in the living room.

 

I'm going to insulate the ceiling of the sun room and put linoleum flooring down, then add a wood stove. I am going to weld up a 3 sided steel reflector that I can turn to either reflect the heat back into the main house, or heat the porch.

 

I want a stove that will put off quite a bit of heat and that has a good flat surface for cooking on the top. Anyone have a favorite design I should check out?

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On your fireplace...does it have a heat exchanger or is it just a regular fireplace? Reason I ask is because my den is about 30'x30' and the fireplace heats that and the kitchen quit nicely, but it also has a heat exchange. You could also use an inverter to help power the motor if push came to shove.

 

Just a thought.

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On your fireplace...does it have a heat exchanger or is it just a regular fireplace? Reason I ask is because my den is about 30'x30' and the fireplace heats that and the kitchen quit nicely, but it also has a heat exchange. You could also use an inverter to help power the motor if push came to shove.

 

Just a thought.

 

 

It is just a small regular fireplace. I haven't ever used it since getting the house. My house was added on to several times, and the last time the previous owner sealed off the fireplace and carpeted right up to the front of it. I checked the chimney out, and made sure that the fireplace is functional but I don't want to try to use it with the carpet right up to the door unless it is necessary. I figured a good wood stove on a linoleum floor would be much safer and cleaner than trying to use the current set-up. Someday when we redo the carpet in the living room I will definitely re-do the fireplace also and put a stone area out in front of it.

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My Buck stove heats the house pretty damn good, if I get it going right and seal it down good it will start a gasify burn that last quite long and leaves only fine ash. It has been awesome thru this weather when it was -11F outside I kept it going and turned the furnace blower to on and set the thermostat to kick in at 68...the gas never kicked on except in the middle of the night a few times when it ran down while we slept.

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for the money you spend, an original franklin stove is bu far the best. its a metal box that sits on four legs has a door two top holes and aa dampener and burns slowly and warms up quickly.. i had one at one time when i lived in virginia, butit was gone when i went back to get it after i moved out (within hours) .. a virginian model has two blowes that will hook into your duct system and keep a small house or trailer comfy . its whati use now.. but its bad for creosote buildup so each season you have to hit it with a scraper and wire brush to clear it out ..second vent in the front of the stove makes for warm nights in february...and changing out the firebrick can be costly, but its heat...good luck, stay warm, keep your powder dry, and god bless

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