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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by plkjr, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. plkjr

    plkjr New Member

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    Could use some advice on appropriate stove for a small barn that we've converted into a "man cave." Dimensions are about 20'x30', with 15' peaked ceiling. No insulation. Would like to install small stove in the corner that would make the space usable into (if not through) the winter in NJ. Found a VC Intrepid (I think Intrepid I) for sale, with all chimney parts for $1200. First off, is that an appropriate stove for this use? What's a fair price, assuming reasonable condition? If not the right stove, any suggestions on what VC model to look for? Thanks.

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  2. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    I would recommend NOT getting any VC model. In the olden days, they made excellent stoves. The company is no longer owned or operated by those people.

    You have two big problems. No insulation, and inermittent use. You will need a stove that can make gobs and gobs of heat to rapidly warm that place up. Go big, real big.

    I just put a stove in my shed and chose an Englander NC30 brand new from home depot.
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    Thanks. That makes sense. Any thoughts on the whether the Englander 17-vl would throw enough heat? I kind of like the smaller footprint (and lower price).
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    I put a lopi republic in my 24 x 32 barn. I have r30 in the celing and just those 4x8 sheets of foamular r7.5 in the walls for insulation and it works real good.
  5. Highbeam

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    Just about any stove that you can get nearly red hot will feel pretty good when you back your rump up to it. If you have any desire to actually heat the space or if you have more than a few guys warming themselves at once then you need more than the smaller Englander. The price difference must be very small, the big 30 was only 899$. That's cheap.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I would also look at the 2 cu ft Englander 13NC or for a closer corner clearance stove with easier hearth requirements, the TrueNorth TN19 or Napoleon Timberwolf 2200.
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    I thought there was a collective, nation wide agreement not to use the term "man cave." anymore. : )
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Yes, I agree re using term "man cave" -- no more. Just need a better way to describe it.

    My only concern with going larger on the stove is that the area for TV viewing is only about 10 ft away from where the stove needs to go. That said, seems like the larger/medium units can run at a lower burn.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I call my shop a man-cave. My wife certainly has no desire to hang out there.
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    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    Oddly, a woman cave can be attractive to men.

    I refuse to use the term man-cave. All I can picture is a dude's rear end.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    ;hm I did a search on the term in this forum. There are 7 pages of links.
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    hence the ban.

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