I've been lurking around this forum for a couple of months now... got lots of good ideas - I currently have an old Consolidated Dutchwest stove. I am currently rebuilding it - discovered a crack in the inner top and had it welded. This stove has served me well in my basement workshop. It warms the basement well, spilling heat upstairs to help with the main house. Here's the question - I recently added solar water heating collectors to my roof - I want to be able to heat water with my stove for those days when the sun doesn't shine... I still want the traditional stove to warm the basement - just want a little of the heat to be used to warm the hot water storage if needed. I'm already experimenting... as I reassemble the CDW I'm wrapping 1/2" copper tubing around the firebox. Don't worry I've read the articles about homemade boilers blowing up... I will make sure that I have a pressure relief valve adjacent to the stove. A pump, differential controller, and pipe and I should be ready to go? But, Is there a stove out there that is a hybrid of sorts? If so, I may retire the CDW and go with it. I still want to be able warm up to the fire when I'm working but, I want to get some warm water at times also. Thanks for your input.