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Need help choosing our first wood burning stove

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by ljcb, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. ljcb

    ljcb New Member

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    I'm new to this forum - we are hoping to start heating with wood this winter. We have a raised ranch, plan to heat from the basement which is finished, but concrete floor so no combustible issues. There is a fireplace where the stove will sit, we have had a 6" insert installed, ready to hook up to the new stove, plenty of seasoned wood. Have no idea what to get.

    We need a stove that can take a 6" rear exhaust pipe and based on our town's specs, it must have an available manual and a UL rating. We are trying to heat around 2000 sq ft.

    Catalytic vs. non? Used vs. new? Brands? Models? Ahhh!! We don't have a huge budget (under 1k?), so we'd love to find a used stove that has many years left on it but don't want to end up with something with a laundry list of issues/repairs to be made.

    Suggestions?

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  2. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    Your budget isn't going to get you much in the way of new with a rear exit, when buying used I wouldn't look for a particular brand but a particular type. For used under 1k I'd be looking for a EPA approved, non cat, with a firebox in the 3 cubic foot range since you're heating 2K from the basement. Most stoves in the 2+ cubic foot range will burn overnight but getting closer to 3 is better.

    Are you looking for a stove to sit in the fireplace or an insert? How big is the fireplace opening? That will play a roll in deciding what you end up with. Why does it have to be rear exit? If the fireplace is big enough and can use a top exit it's hard(near impossible) to beat the Englander NC-30 for the money.
  3. ljcb

    ljcb New Member

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    Our fireplace in the basement is rigged for a rear exit stove, it's too short to do vertical, and we don't want the expense of tapping into it higher up.

    We're now looking into a used All Nighter Mid Moe, have found quite a few in the 500-1000 range. Have any opinions about those?
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Under 1K you are strictly looking at used given those parameters. What is the height at the top of the current thimble that enters the chimney?
  5. ljcb

    ljcb New Member

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    It would probably have to be attached to the insert at 25" - the insert comes down at an angle because it's offset (chimney runs up next to the upstairs fireplace chimney which goes straight up.)

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