I grew up with a wood stove. I wondered if adding a stove to my house
would help out with my propane cost in the winter. I have als heard
that some of these can heat your hot water. I would love an outdoor
unit but they are out of my proce range. I have a pre fab type
fireplace but no massonary chimnay. WOuld it be possible to mount a
stove flush in this spot? I know I will have to replace my current
chimney pipe with class A chimney. Can I do this from the top, pulling
the old pipe up and out and installing the new that way? Is there a
way to mount a stove in my current openign flush after taking the
insert out and making it look and work right? (AAnd be safe).
Would there be a way to distrubute the heat from the stove to the back
end of the house where the bedrooms are? Maybe installing another
return register in the living room and running the central air unit's
fan? I appreciate any advice and help. Here is a copy of a video of my
current set up.
Some communities are outlawing the outdoor stoves because of pollution
I have a pre fab type
Depends on what you have. The video was useless. Thee are wood burning
inserts that may do wh at you need. Have you visted any stove shops? Take
some photos with you and you'll get better responses.
The AC fan may help, but you usually need more of a boost. A 12" box fan
hung in the doorway to the hall would help. It would move the volume you
need. The AC returns are on the floor but the heat is on the top. It may
help, but I don't think it will give you all you need.
Are you able to get free wood? If you have to buy cordwood, the price is
usually too high to make mush savings in oil or propane. I've not bothered
with wood for the past ten years and do much better with a more efficient
oil boiler. It is also easier to push buttons on a thermostat than to haul
in wood. Check carefully before you invest.
I think all of the communities did that around here. Unfortunately the
cheepo units that belched acrid smoke ruined it for everyone. Some of
those units were nothing but a firebox made from steel plate wrapped
with a coil with no firebrick and non-induced draft. You stuffed it full
of wood and when your heat demand was satisfied a damper closed. When
you called for heat it belched thick smoke for a long time until it
I went to a show with a friend and there are some well designed versions
that are so well thought out that you wouldn't even know what fuel they
use from the smell. He was interested in getting one but all are banned
where he lives.
There's just so much available out there today that it is overwhelming. One
size does not fit all, and for what you want to do, you really need to call
in a pro, even if it is to get a free bid, and to pick his brain for just as
long as you can keep him there answering questions. Learn all you can
before picking a system and forking over $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
You could find an insert that would fit your current opening. You may have
to have one built. You can get a Heatalator that will pull in room air and
heat it and return it hot to the room. You can buy a regular wood stove.
You can buy a stove that has a double thickness wall pipe that takes in
combustion air, and puts out burned air through the two different diameter
pipes. You can do a fireplace that requires room air for combustion and
looks pretty and sucks all the warm air in the room up the chimney and out,
net gain zero or minus.
No one here can tell you exactly and safely what it is you need and what to
get. Be cautious of anyone who does this. What worked in their house may
be a disaster in yours.
This IS rocket surgery, and there are a lot of variables that if not
followed can cause bad stuff in your household. A friend of mine's house
burned down because they routed the exhaust pipe through a framed enclosure,
and it got hot, and poof! A three story house went up. Another went up due
to exhaust pipe overheating, they rebuilt a fantastic 3 story copper clad
beautiful home, and POOF, it went up, too.
Give this project the time and attention it deserves. This is something
that could potentially kill everyone in the house, and you want it done
You can go anywhere from a freestanding wood stove to an insert to a
Heatalator to a pellet stove. You're talking about something like HVAC
where calculations must be done for the volume you want to heat.
Do it once, do it right.
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There is no way you can pull the old chimney out of a framed enclosure from
above and replace it with a class A chimney unless you are strong as
Hercules and are able to shinny down the outside of the chimney to remove
the screws joining the sections and do the reverse to install the class A,
which by the way, get heavy when a couple of segments are joined together.
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