Inexpensive Home Building

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Wood Stove Heating Systems

Fireplaces, wood stoves, wood pellet stoves, and coal stoves have a certain charm and can be viable heating methods. They require more attention to stoke and clean and keep the water kettle full to re-humidify the air. If not part of an elaborate duct system, they work best when centrally located in a home that is basically a single, open area. These methods work, not by the flames briefly heating the air that quickly escapes up the chimney, but by heating a large mass of iron, stone, or brick that slowly re-radiates the heat (that's why you surround your campfire with rocks), so put your chimney in the center of the home--unless you like an exterior chimney to heat The Great Outdoors.

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Jotul 602 Wood Stove:

Of course, a super-insulated, earthsheltered home might require little or no active heating but you might want a backup or simply ambiance.

Newer post: Heating Homes with Wood Stoves

3 Comments:

At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to heat your house, keep all the mess and chimeny outside, and don't mind stoking a couple time a day. Check out lil-house heaters. We have used one for three winters and now burn 150 gallons of propane a YEAR! Total cost to install was $1,600

 
At 3:47 AM, Blogger Martin said...

Marvelous Product!
I Buy Wood Stoves

 
At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought one of these from ChimneyHeaters.com . I installed and it works fine. Heats my 2000
square foot house. I have the pump connected to a UPS but I am not sure how long the pump will run if the electric goes out. I had it installed all winter and did not have to turn on my Electric heat once which saved me about 200 euro a month here in Romania.The Electric is not stable here so I had to rush to take out the fire a couple of times because the water pump had stopped and the pressure valves were going off. The UPS will solve that but I don't know how long a UPS will keep my central pump going. I will attach a pic of what chimney heaters are in case you are not familiar with them. The pump is a Grundfos and has three speeds.

 

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