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Basement vs. Living room for wood insert?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by emt1581, Jul 7, 2010.

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  1. ddddddden

    ddddddden Minister of Fire

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    Well said. . .the falcon cannot hear the falconer. :)

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  2. ddddddden

    ddddddden Minister of Fire

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    That said, look for 10-20% off-season discount on a stove. Being up for a lil' DIY never hurt the budget either.
  3. emt1581

    emt1581 Minister of Fire

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    Why not...I've laid sidewalks, built rooms, and I dabble in electrical/plumbing....why not hearth building...

    -Emt1581
  4. gyrfalcon

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    True dat. But falcons only ever listen because they've been hoodwinked into thinking they have to anyway. Once they get wise to the ruse, they're gone.
  5. emt1581

    emt1581 Minister of Fire

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    I've never heard this falcon/falconer saying....what's it mean??

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  6. ddddddden

    ddddddden Minister of Fire

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    Well, I reckon it means that, if this project goes well, you may experience the well known Hearth effect this winter. . .with the Mrs. losing layers of clothing and serving martinis fireside. :) :) (For the original meaning, g00gle the phrase.)
  7. firefighterjake

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    My wife is the same way . . . and that's the way I like it . . . she's extremely real, uses little to no make-up (cover-up occasionally), doesn't do the "shopping" thing and quite honestly is a lot smarter and better than me at doing house renovation projects thanks to her Dad teaching her those skills when he renovated his house many years ago and his German work ethic required that all the children help work and learn how to use the tools. Sometimes I think the only reason she keeps me around is for disposing of dead critters that the cats bring home, emptying the cat boxes, crawling around in dirty, dark places and being able to lift heavy objects. ;) She's quite a catch . . . and I am thankful to have found her . . . heck . . . she's still teaching me skills when it comes to house renovation.

    And yeah . . . she also agrees with you . . . I think she's leaning towards a formica, corian, etc. type of counter top when we get to the point where we do our kitchen renovation . . . for the same reasons -- ease to maintain, durability, no worry about bacteria, less expensive and as you mentioned the stuff today is most definitely not the stuff from the 1970s and 80s . . . I should know . . . our current kitchen has 1980s vintage pink formica . . . which will most definitely be going in the dumpster.
  8. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    HehHeh . . . slow day . . . and about halfway through my replies I realized that I was going a little bit crazy on the keyboard with half a bazillion replies . . . I was hoping that I wasn't coming across at being a know-it-all or a bore.
  9. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Hearthstone has some very pretty looking stoves . . . as mentioned earlier a few models were in my top 5 list . . . you may want to show your wife some of these.

    I don't believe Harman has soapstone models though.

    I don't know exactly where in Pennsylvania you are located . . . but the enamled Jotuls are also quite beautiful. Here's one dealer that may be in your neck of the woods.

    http://www.shortsstoves.com/wood.html
  10. btuser

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    I feel compelled to do my own work. I follow the Walden Woods approach to finance: If I have to work 4 days to pay my bills for one day of money for me, then I'm really only making money for myself 50 days a year, and for the rest of the time someone else owns me.


    My friend an I install almost the same stove. We were talking about paybayck and what it would take compared oil vs wood ect. I figred 5 years and he said about the same, which I kinda questioned because he buys his wood and I cut most of mine. I also installed my own and he had someone install his, including hiring an electrician to install an outlet for his blower. All in all I saved about $2000 over the cost of the setup including 1st year's wood, plus I got a Lopi with secondary bypass vs his Regency (which I would have bought to save myself $400, pretty much the same stove). What he paid for the installation was entirely reasonable due to the flue height, the professional job they did, and that pesky zipcode upcharge that seems to come with the town I live in. Long story short I saved 2 grand installing my own stove, and every year I save about $150-200 cleaning my own chimney.


    It blows my mind to see people slave away over what color stone and granite vs silestone when an extra 5 grand to sprayfoam their building evelope would pay dividends for the next 50 years!
  11. firefighterjake

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    :) :) :)
  12. firefighterjake

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    Hearth building is a walk in the park . . . I'm an idiot when it comes to construction and I had no problem building a quality, safe hearth . . . once you see how easy and cheap it is to build a nice hearth you'll wonder why folks pay so much for those pre-made hearths . . . I mean we're talking ridiculously simple here.
  13. firefighterjake

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    EMT . . . did you ever get us a square footage figure on your house . . . why I am asking is that larger stoves are generally more expensive than smaller stoves . . . and what I'm really saying in a round a bout way is that while soapstone stoves and some of the fancier stoves may be more expensive you may find that depending on your size requirement the stoves may be in your financial ballpark . . . and sometimes paying a bit more to get something that you and your wife will like . . . and will find useful in terms of heating you and your home better may be worth the added expense.

    What I'm saying is that to me it would be far better to spend a bit more and end up with a stove that looks good and more importantly heats the home . . . rather than spend less and end up with a stove that either doesn't look as nice or doesn't adequately heat the home. In my own mind, while the up-front cost of getting a stove I would like and find useful might be more money, if it means I am happier with the stove it just makes sense to go that route . . . try to look at this in the long term . . .

    Also, as others have mentioned there are ways to reduce your costs . . . scrounging wood vs. buying . . . installing the stove yourself . . . building your own hearth . . . break down the figures as to the cost and compare it to the cost of electricity, propane, oil, what-have you and see how many years it will take to recoup your investment . . .

    The most important thing in all of this . . . and with everyone's advice . . . is that you do what is right for you . . . and that you end up with something you can afford, something you and your wife both like and something that keeps you warm in middle of the winter . . . and for many more winters to come.
  14. ddddddden

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    Okay, if you DIY, the cost of materials for class A pipe outside the chimney vs. flex pipe inside the chimney should not be a deal breaker if that's what you need to do to locate the stove in a particular spot or to reserve the chimney flue for the basement. A good price on 25' of 6" flex pipe is ~ $400. Most folks will tell you to insulate it for safety and optimal draft. Add another $200. Class A pipe runs $100 /3' section, and I've seen it for ~ $75. So that'd be $800 for 24' of class A, which has insulation built in vs. $600 for relining your chimney with insulated flex pipe. There would probably be some extras with class A, like an elbow piece, but I *think* you could do it for < $1k. If you were to run a pipe up the rear side of the chimney, so it wouldn't be visible from the street, I don't see why the Mrs. would object, especially if she understood that the optimal flue was a big part of what was keeping her warm. Then again, I usually don't understand women's objections. :)
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    $600 for an insulated liner inside the old flue. The smooth-wall flex is double thick and twice as heavy.
  16. ddddddden

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    Isn't the smooth-wall "Pro" flex more $ than regular flex pipe?
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    I learned something today. Stoves down the value of a home where inserts raise the value...at least in my area. Since we're looking to build in 5-10 years, and this isn't the home I plan to die in, I'm thinking we're going to go the route of an insert.

    Believe it or not my wife thought of this one while talking tonight in terms of being able to afford things...

    I mentioned that I wanted to buy an insert/stove and do it before the end of the year to take advantage of the tax credit. She suggested buying the unit now and just keeping it in the basement...then when we could afford to build another fireplace...do it and install whatever we bought.

    Only snag I can see is that the fireplace would have to be built around the insert instead of the other way around. But what I could do is buy the insert to fit the fireplace in the basement. If, for some reason the fireplace upstairs is just slightly out of spec, we could still use the insert downstairs.

    What do yall think? Has anyone done something similar to that....buy the stove/insert first THEN build a fireplace/hearth around it?

    With that tax credit, can we buy two and get a credit on each or is it just one credit up to $1500??

    Thanks!:)

    -Emt1581
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    Sounds like an obsession to me. You may need to see a therapist. :p
  19. emt1581

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    That'll be a short trip...

    But you're right. Hence why my first thread has 200 replies in a few days time. I research and analyze the crap out of anything I buy. The more expensive, the more I do it. I'm not cheap. I just don't like to make expensive mistakes.

    So what do you think as far as my buy now build later plan? How about that tax credit?

    Thanks!

    -Emt1581
  20. gibson

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    On your original post, I have my Jotul in our family room, where we spend most of our time. It heats our family room and kitchen to about 75* and the upstairs bedrooms to the mid to low 60's. A radiant free standing stove might do better downstairs, but I wouldn't count on an insert, unless you have your main living area down there.
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    As I understand it, the tax credit is a total of $1,500 per filer, but you should read the post about it at the top of the first page of the Hearth Room forum and check with your tax accountant.
  22. emt1581

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    Seems like the gubmint reeeallly doesn't want to give out more than $1500 per household on this deal. So if we buy the stove up front and don't get it installed, we can either get a really nice one and take the entire $1500 credit or we can be a nice one and get around $750-$1000 out of the deal. Either way we'd lose the credit's portion of the installation fees.

    -Emt1581
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    Just a suggestion? Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Getting "only* $750 bucks back on your purchase is nothing to sneeze at.
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    I don't want to turn this political but I'll be damned if I'll call this gov. a "gift horse". Say that when Bush's tax cuts expire and your taxes go through the roof! Think the gov. will be grateful for all the extra money it's forcing you to pay for the same (SNAFU'd) services?

    -Emt1581
  25. gyrfalcon

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    Oh, so glad you don't want to turn this political. Pffftt.
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