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another proverbial which stove is right for me. . .

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by adranus, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. adranus

    adranus New Member

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    Ladies and Gents,

    Take it easy on me, I'm a newbie :)
    I have a 3,000 square ft ground floor with a spot close to the middle of it plumbed for a wood stove. The rough framing for the hearth is in place. I need a stove. I've been eye-balling the QuadraFire 5700.
    My ceilings are at 10 ft. The exterior walls are stucco on 2x6 framing with sprayed-in foam insulation. I'm in southern Arizona, so the temps don't get crazy low, but it does get cold.
    I'm surrounded by 10 acres of mesquite. I can't think of anything I enjoy more than cutting wood (well, maybe one thing. . .). I walk around in my mesquites and stumble across piles of wood that I cut, stacked, and forgot about!! So I have plenty of firewood.
    Anyway, to the question, what are your thoughts on the 5700 for that size of a house (there's also a finished attic that some of the heat will escape to)? What would be some good alternatives?

    Thanks!

    Also. . .my attic trusses are on 1 ft centers, so the clear distance between them is about 10.5 inches. Does that mean I'm hosed as far as a stove with an 8" outlet? Because isn't chimney pipe double wall? So an 8" chimney pipe will actually be about 12" in outside diameter, which means I'm toast. . .

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  2. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Lived in AZ for five years. That's a tough one. Your burn season is really short in comparison to nearly everyone else. The 5700 should be plenty since you will not have the prolonged cold build up. Are you in the elevated area near/around Tucson?
  3. adranus

    adranus New Member

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    I'm east of Tucson, right at 3,000 feet. If I can make it work, here's a graph of the highs, lows & averages in my parts. . . Some of you are going to get a good laugh from this no doubt, and tell me I need to find an AC forum to hang out in!!

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  4. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Are you sure that wood is dry? ;-)

    When night time temps get down in the 40s, it's stove time here. You don't see that often, I'd guess.

    I'm not a construction guy, but I'd imagine there's a way to header (wrong term, no doubt) the trusses off to transfer the load, if you need to get an 8" pipe through...
  5. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    I looked at the stove specs for the QuadraFire 5700 and it appears to be a secondary burn stove.. In a moderate climate you may be better off with a cat stove which tend to be more controllable for long slow burns.. I am thinking that a Woodstock soapstone would be a good fit in that application.. That's a big area to heat so their new stove might be the ticket plus you have secondaries for ambiance too.. Right now they are offering that stove for the introductory price of $2400.00 plus shipping.. Everyone here that has a Woodstock loves them and their customer support is top rated..

    Ray
  6. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, but the shipping on that to southern AZ might be a bit painful. Woodstock mentioned that the rates for shipping to California were a bit much. Southern AZ is about the same distance.

    I think any decent size stove would work in this case as he is not dealing with prolong cold temperatures and it would be rare to burn 24/7. With day time temps above 40 and sunny (not the gray cloudy winters most of us are used to) I would just go with a simple secondary burn stove.
  7. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    That's a good point I was thinking of the lower temps you can get out of cat stove over a long period of time.. I haven't lived in that climate and you have so you're probably correct..

    Ray
  8. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Eh, I'm no expert by any means. Just my opinion, which could be wrong.
  9. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    It'd be worth seeing if you have a Blaze King dealer in the area. It would allow slow burns during the milder weather. The house sounds exceptionally well insulated so a Princess might actually work out well for your climate.

    I show two dealers in your state:

    Ace Hardware & Nursery
    507 North Beeline Highway
    Payson, AZ 85541
    520-474-5238

    Arizona Easy Living
    4102 N Highway 87 Pine
    Pine, AZ 85544
    928-476-4629
  10. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    +1 This was what I was thinking.. The long burns and low heat plus more heat if you need it sounds like the ticket..

    Ray

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