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Smallest cat stove?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by BillsWS, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. BillsWS

    BillsWS Feeling the Heat

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    Can you direct me to the smallest cat stove you know of? Small firebox, footprint and clearances.

    Thank you.

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  2. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    Since you already have a Blaze King, then the Sirocco should appeal to you.
  3. PLAYS WITH FIRE

    PLAYS WITH FIRE Minister of Fire

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  4. Treacherous

    Treacherous Minister of Fire

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    Not a free stander but last summer when I took the Travis Industries tour they showed us a ZC cat insert that was in development. IIRC the firebox was in the 1.x size. I think target market was condos.
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    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    Interesting! Maybe I'll see it at the HPBA show this year!
  6. Treacherous

    Treacherous Minister of Fire

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    The tour guide stated before he showed us the stove that this was a "Million Dollar Stove". That was dollar figure they had in development at that time.
  7. Treacherous

    Treacherous Minister of Fire

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    There was also a claim that it would have the lowest emissions of any stove on the marktet.
  8. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    Kinda like the Cape Cod?;)
  9. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    The Vermont Castings Intrepid is the smallest cat stove I can think of offhand. Woodstock Keytone or Palladian would be the next in line I think.
  10. Nyquil Junkie

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    The VC intrepid2 is a tiny stove, with a cat. They burn pretty well too.
  11. Highbeam

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    The trouble with the woodstock cat line is the huge clearance requiements. Especially in back. The current princess he has only requires 6" in back. If you can live with the clearance requirements, the keystone seems to be a well thought out stove with respectable burn times. If you get too small then you need to worry about special lengths of firewood.

    If you want a small stove, the scandanavians seem to have a lot of really cool options. All non-cat.
  12. Todd

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    Just remember that so called Keystone/Palladian huge rear clearance can be made up with the shorter 8" front clearance requirement in most cases.
    raybonz and jeff_t like this.
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    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Never thought about that. The Princess is 6" from the thermostat housing, which protrudes 4" off the back of the stove, plus 16" in front. The 30" clearance of the Keystone is cut in half with the heat shield, so the 8" in front makes it a wash. Depending on stove dimensions, the Keystone may require less room front to back.

    What's your plan for this small stove, Bill?
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    While true, this may not be helpful. You and todd are both describing the hearth pad dimensions. The keystone requires the same size hearth pad as other stoves but due to the huge rear clearance requirements, the stove will still have to be set way out into the room. If your hearth is flush or your entire floor is non-combusible then you end up with a very small stove taking up the same amount of valuable living space as a much larger one. The OP asked for small clearances.

    From what I understand, you can even shorten the hearth in front of the keystone further if you elevate the hearth. So if you can tolerate the stove way out in the living space then the keystone may be more attractive.

    I don't see the point of a small cat stove since you can run cat stoves at low outputs. The draw must be a smaller footprint. I especially don't see the point of a small cat stove if you have to place it way out into the living space.
  15. Waulie

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    It depends on what the clearance and footprint issues are. The Keystone will certainly stick out into the space less than the Princess. The Keystone is a side loader at only 20" deep. With the rear heat shield, the front of the stove will be 35" into the room. The Princess is 31" deep by itself. So, if you're looking for a smaller hearth and stove footprint, the Keystone would certainly be better than the Princess. Of course, that's a silly comparison since the Princess is a much larger stove.

    The Sirocco 20 and Chinook 20 are both 26" deep, so with the clearance differences they will "stick out" a couple inches less than the Keystone. But, the hearth will still be deeper since they're front loaders.

    It all depends on the layout, hearth type, etc. Maybe there's no wall behind the stove? Who knows...
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    Maybe the OP can clarify the goal?
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    Dutchwest model 2640 small cast iron cat stove is only 16" deep and looks good for a decent price.. Link to manual:

    http://tinyurl.com/abf3ldz

    Ray
  18. jeff_t

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    He's probably still shoveling snow. They got it pretty bad along the lake this week.

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