Good deal on a Morso 3610 for a small house?

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forrest1248

New Member
May 4, 2022
4
NW Montana
Hi All, I'm a first time wood stove buyer looking for primary heat source for our 1100 sq foot house. I'm just starting research process and I stumbled upon a unused Morso 3610 for around $1000, which seems like a very good price for a quality stove. If this Morso is a good fit for me, I'm inclined to be opportunistic and pick it up. Otherwise, it's back to the spreadsheet!

More details on my situation. House is 1100 sq. foot 1.5 story house with decent insulation, but some original (80 years) windows. Stove will go in 700 sq ft main floor with semi-open plan. The goal is to use a wood stove will be used as primary heat source. Average winter temps are 15-30 F here in MT.

Thanks!
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
98,157
South Puget Sound, WA
It's a good radiant heater, very well built. Make sure it's in good condition, no cracks or signs of overfiring.
 

EbS-P

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2019
4,085
SE North Carolina
I’d buy it at that price.
 

forrest1248

New Member
May 4, 2022
4
NW Montana
I’d buy it at that price.

Thanks for the input. So you don’t think it would heat us out of our small house? I suppose if it’s not working I can always replace it.

It's a good radiant heater, very well built. Make sure it's in good condition, no cracks or signs of overfiring.
Thanks for the reminders. The seller says it was never used (somehow), so I’m hoping it wasn’t overfired. Other than cracks in the exterior, any signs of abuse to watch for?
 

kborndale

Minister of Fire
Oct 9, 2008
520
LI
Thanks for the input. So you don’t think it would heat us out of our small house? I suppose if it’s not working I can always replace it.


Thanks for the reminders. The seller says it was never used (somehow), so I’m hoping it wasn’t overfired. Other than cracks in the exterior, any signs of abuse to watch for?

If it's giving off too much heat just put less wood in it.
 

EbS-P

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2019
4,085
SE North Carolina
I think it will be ok size wise. It’s 2 cu ft and really radiant so I bet you can turn the first floor into a sauna if you tried hard but when the temps drop below zero you will be glad to have the extra heat. Smaller stoves put out less heat but have to be reloaded more often. My 1.7 cu ft can be reloaded every 4 hours when it’s cold.
 

Tech Guru

Burning Hunk
Jul 17, 2015
160
Ontario
Other than cracks in the exterior, any signs of abuse to watch for?
Heavy amount of reddish/orange hue to the interior castings. But if never used, it should be pretty easy to tell by how clean it would be.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
98,157
South Puget Sound, WA
Thanks for the input. So you don’t think it would heat us out of our small house? I suppose if it’s not working I can always replace it.


Thanks for the reminders. The seller says it was never used (somehow), so I’m hoping it wasn’t overfired. Other than cracks in the exterior, any signs of abuse to watch for?
If true, that's a great deal. It will be pretty obvious if used. There will be ash remnants in the firebox and ashpan. If the paint shows light grey in areas it has been overheated. If all is ok, don't snooze on the deal.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
7,252
Downeast Maine
Sounds like a good buy if it checks out.
 

forrest1248

New Member
May 4, 2022
4
NW Montana
Update: As advertised, the stove was unused and in perfect condition so I pulled the trigger. I’ll be spending plenty of time on the forums here as I work out the rest of the setup! Thanks.

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begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
98,157
South Puget Sound, WA
Congratulations, you've done well. That is a nice stove and a great deal. Installed properly it will provide years of good heat. Do you have several cords of firewood already cut, split, and stacked? What will you be burning mostly, pine?
 
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forrest1248

New Member
May 4, 2022
4
NW Montana
Congratulations, you've done well. That is a nice stove and a great deal. Installed properly it will provide years of good heat. Do you have several cords of firewood already cut, split, and stacked? What will you be burning mostly, pine?
I’m lucky to have access to a lot of private land with pine and spruce forest that hasn’t been logged in a long time. I’m working on harvesting the dead (but not rotted) trees now, figuring those would be somewhat “pre-seasoned” for use in the next couple of years. In the meantime, I’m also thinning live trees that can dry and be ready a few years down the road.
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
7,252
Downeast Maine
Congrats! Morso makes very high quality stoves and you should be happy for a long time. For what it's worth, we are seasoning spruce, fir, and tamarack in one season here in Coastal Maine.
 

bigealta

Minister of Fire
May 22, 2010
894
Utah & NJ
You guys are getting some great scores here. Blazinghot scored the jotul f45 in Jan for $500. Both you guys got crazy good deals!