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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by fishinAK, Apr 19, 2006.

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  1. fishinAK

    fishinAK New Member

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    Hello All,
    So I was hoping for a bit of help or advice. My wife and I just bought a house. It is very small (only about 1000 sf) and its current primary source of heat is an oil monitor stove. However it is also completely chimed and ready for a wood stove. There used to be one but the previous owner took it out. So now we are beginning to look for a wood stove. However, after extensive searching via the net I cant seem to get a good handle on which stove is the best for the money. None of the web sites will give a price. Please help, how much can I expect to pay for a small wood burning stove just big enough to heat a small home with an oil heater as a back up? and what is a good brand to look for? please any and all help is appreciated.

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  2. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy New Member

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    a place to start is to figure out what material you want the stove to be. they all have unique properties. (steel, cast, or soapstone). then you have to figure out what size to buy on a basis of firebox size (the bigger the less maintence) vs heating capacity. A small stove would work, but if you want to burn it all the time, the maintence might get annoying. You might buy something with a little more capacity to offset this. There is lots of factors, but a few stoves to look at. Hearthstone tribute. Jotul 3 cb. Quadrafire 2100, and many others that other people will mention here. most of these stoves are in the 1200-1500 dollar range. There are lots of choices.
  3. Shane

    Shane Minister of Fire

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    Well I'll throw in my 2 cents. Lopi Parlor, I've been amazed by the performance of this stove Lopi also makes the Answer which is good as well but doesn't have an aromatherapy tray option. Avalon Pendleton or Rainier, Dutchwest Cat Small good solid performer and under 1000.00 the non cat is good as well. Vermont Castings IntrepidII or non cat and the Vermont Castings Resolute. The Tribute like MSG mentioned and any Quadrafires are good product as well.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Where are you located? What are your heating habits? Is someone home most of the time or just at night? There are a lot of good small stoves, the downside is that you'll need to stoke them up more frequently. We have the Jotul 3CB which is a nice stove, as are the small Pacific Energy stoves.
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    babalu87 New Member

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    http://www.morsoe.com/us/2110.htm

    Morso 2110

    I'm beginning to sound like a broken record but this company is as old or older than Jotul

    If your fishing in Alaska a 1400-1500 would be about minimum
    The square footage isnt based on extremes of weather
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    precaud Minister of Fire

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    I second the Morso recommendation, I burn a 2110 and am completely happy with it.
  7. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy New Member

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    One more thing, concentrate on getting a good chimney. Non of these stove will work on a poor designed chimney. Get plenty of hight, and keep as much inside the building as possible. (position the stove as close to under the ridge of your roof as possible, with as few bends as possible. I know you didnt ask about the chimney, but its probably more important then the stove you choose.
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