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Woodstove Design and Layout

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by hydestone, Jan 23, 2006.

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  1. hydestone

    hydestone New Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I am looking to build a new house and am looking for some woodstove heating and design resources. Are there any websites out there with design aids such as room layouts and floor plans that optimize wood stove performance and heat distribution?

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  2. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy Minister of Fire

    Jan 23, 2006
    Boulder County
    I dont know of a website, but when i built my house i put my supply ducts to the furnace high in the catherdral celing above my woodstove. The furnace fan does a great job of evening out the heat in the house.
  3. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

    Nov 19, 2005
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    If I were building a house that by design was taking wood heat into consideration, I'd look at something like Tulikivi's or other masonry heaters. They're more efficient than a wood stove, and just plain beautiful to look at.

    Try here: tulikivi's


    Masonry heater association links

    Poke around a bit there are resources on both sites for how to build a home around a masonry heater.
  4. roac

    roac New Member

    Dec 8, 2005
    Nampa, Idaho

    Ditto on the masonry heater, way nicer but spendy too.
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  6. Martin Strand III

    Martin Strand III New Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    NW MI near nowhere
    Hi There:

    A great website to get you moving in the right direction is


    which includes new material on how to buy the right wood stove, design features for your house to facilitate heating with wood and how to move the heat around your home. Deciding too early on what you want is a big mistake. There is a learning curve.

    In my (humble) opinion, time is well spent here in the planning stages gathering information online (even here), talking to people who have burned wood for a while learning the pros and cons of their systems and selective listening to local reps who sell the products you may purchase. Keep in mind there is no perfect system.

    That said, by doing your homework first, chances are you won't end up to be one of the bellyachers this website gives witness to.

    Good luck.


    Grandma used to say, "Thinking before acting will get you further in life."
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