New Stove Install, Northern New England

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deebs

New Member
Jul 8, 2021
2
NH
Hello everyone! Long time reader here finally needing some advice. We are looking to install a small stove to heat a sunroom for year-round use in a cold winter climate. The sunroom is 288sqft and surrounded by double-pane sliding windows on 3 walls, with the 4th wall fully-insulated. The roof is insulated and the ceiling is sloped, max height of 8ft. The floor is tiled (on top of subfloor, on top of decking, no insulation). There is no existing heat source in this room. We have several stove dealers in the area, and from content on this forum we were leaning towards a Pacific Energy stove, most likely a Vista. We like the idea of a non-catalytic combustor as this is for occasional use only and we want the whole family to be able to light it up without much to worry about, in addition to the long-term reliability benefits.

A couple of questions here if you guys don't mind:
-Will a stove of this size be adequate to heat this space in the cold of winter? Please note we need occasional/supplemental heat only, and we'd rather go slightly too big than too small.
- A dealer has recommended a hearth pad. Is this necessary if there is already a tiled floor?

Happy to provide more info if anyone wants it.

Thanks all!
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,791
South Puget Sound, WA
Sounds like a good choice. The installation is likely to have a short flue system so you want a stove that will work on it. The new manual now calls for 15' for PE stoves, but in the past this requirement was shorter at 12-13'. With the stove burning, you should be able to open up the sliders and also heat that part of the house, particularly if the blower is on and blowing towards the slider door opening. The stove only requires ember protection. If the floor is ceramic tiled it should be ok without a hearth pad.
 
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deebs

New Member
Jul 8, 2021
2
NH
Thanks begreen, appreciate the feedback. Any other stoves you would recommend? I know PE stoves still don't qualify for the 2021 tax rebate, not sure if there are any other smaller, non-cat, quality stoves out there that would. I was offered a new VC Aspen, but their reputation is keeping us away. Whatever we end up with, I'll follow up here with some pics.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,791
South Puget Sound, WA
The Morso 7110 would work as a chill chaser. The Lopi It looks like the new Aspen is worth considering. The VC Dauntless and Aspen has been completely redesigned in 2020. The Lopi Evergreen is a little larger, but qualifies too. If there is a good opportunity and desire to share the heat with the house then this would be a good choice. In hybrids, look at Woodstock stoves.