Wood Cook-stove Arrives

SpaceBus

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Nov 18, 2018
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As the title suggests a wood cook stove has arrived at my house! It was actually delivered to a nearby business that can better accept freight and I unloaded it from my truck with my tractor. The cook stove is a Tim Sistem North sold through Obadiah's and it arrived in flawless condition. Whoever crated the stove up did a fantastic job.

It will be a little while until I get the stove installed. Keen observers will note the hot water coil and I'm still waiting on the range boiler. The chimney also isn't here yet, but for those curious I'm going to try Jeremiah's Chimney class A residential pipe.

The stove is very modern and will fit in well with our kitchen remodel. This stove offers excellent 6" clearances to combustibles with double wall connector and as low as 2" with proper shielding. The plan is to install it pretty tight with our existing cabinets and kitchen counter with shielding. There are some areas inside the stove that could have been sealed a little better. Some of the sealing material fell down in a few areas, but this is my only complaint. Overall I'm expecting many years of great service out of this appliance and the price is pretty nice as well. Originally we wanted to go with the version with more stainless trim, but there weren't any stateside with a left hand flue that I need. The unit is well built and can be disassembled for repairs or maintenance. I have no expectations of need to take it apart to clean, but I like knowing it won't be very difficult if the need does arise.

I was going to wait until the chimney was up and everything was operational before posting about the stove, but I'm just really excited.

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SteveKG

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Congratulations, don't blame you for being excited. I've been doing some of my cooking on wood cookstoves since 1974 and really like it. Summers are too hot, but the rest of the year we have it going almost every day.
 
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peakbagger

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Definitely a nice looking stove, probably a bit more practical than my Jotul 404. Still a nice size contemporary that doesn't overwhelm a room.
 
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charger4406

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I like the clean industrial look, would like to see how well it bakes.
Congratulations

PS. thanks for the link Begreen.
 
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SpaceBus

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I can understand your excitement! It's a very compact design. Looking forward to hearing about your cooking and burning experiences with it. How does the Tim Sistem differ from the Sopka North?
https://woodstoves.net/abc-products/tim-sistem-north-hydro-wood-fired-boiler-oven.htm
They are the same thing. Tim sistem is the mfg and Sopka the importer. I did not go with the boiler version that you have linked. That would be for a full blown hydronic system. Perhaps when we build the MIL's house.
 

SpaceBus

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Definitely a nice looking stove, probably a bit more practical than my Jotul 404. Still a nice size contemporary that doesn't overwhelm a room.
I looked at the 404, but wanted a UL listed appliance with a water coil. Tight clearances are a bonus and probably the only way it was approved by my wife.
 
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begreen

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Will the HW coil be for domestic hw or heating?
 

SpaceBus

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Will the HW coil be for domestic hw or heating?
DHW, I'm going to install a 40 gallon range boiler in the attic above the stove. There's also a solar water heater on the roof we will plumb into the range boiler as well. The water exiting the range boiler will also hit an electric on demand water heater for backup. I'm hoping the on demand heater won't be needed very often. Even if the 40 gallons of hot water is used up, the tank will still be warmer than the water coming out of the well. If the single 40 gallon range boiler doesn't seem to be enough, we will add another tank in tandem.

Edit: I'm probably not going to be doing any of the plumbing work, I'll leave that up to the professionals. I will install the chimney myself, however. Hopefully the liner for the masonry chimney connected to the Morso will be here before it gets cold as well!
 
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SpaceBus

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Congratulations, don't blame you for being excited. I've been doing some of my cooking on wood cookstoves since 1974 and really like it. Summers are too hot, but the rest of the year we have it going almost every day.
Summer just doesn't get that hot here. We've only had a handful of days here above 75f. We only stopped burning the first week of July and anticipate burning year round with the cook stove. Even today with a high of 75 the house won't get above 72 with just a few windows cracked. This particular cook stove seems to be designed with the express purpose of not heating the room. The Esse in your avatar photo is gorgeous!
 

timfromohio

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Spacebus - can you give us background on your place up in Maine? Are you building a new home, upgrading existing home, etc.? Do you have some acreage with harvestable firewood?

Cookstove looks very nice. Look forward to future updates and pics once installed!

Tim(fromOhio)
 

SpaceBus

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Spacebus - can you give us background on your place up in Maine? Are you building a new home, upgrading existing home, etc.? Do you have some acreage with harvestable firewood?

Cookstove looks very nice. Look forward to future updates and pics once installed!

Tim(fromOhio)
My wife and I are remodeling a house built in 1975. It was built as a four season home, but the previous owners used it as a vacation home from 1985-2018. It's getting an extensive "surprise" renovation. Unfortunately the house is mostly electric, but it does have a solar collector on the roof. We are going to tie the solar collector to the range boiler which will be heated by the cook stove. If the range boiler runs out of hot water we will have an electric on demand water heater as backup. The house is a modest 1,200 sqft salt box on a slab. 25 mostly wooded acres were included with the house purchase. Most of the hard woods were logged when the house was built. So far it's mostly Balsam fir and spruce, so we will be using more wood than if it were hardwoods.
 

timfromohio

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Sounds very nice. 25 acres sounds awesome, regardless of wood varieties. Our current home is 100% electric as well, so I feel your pain in that department. The stove saves us quite a bit on the electric bill during the winter - your stoves will save you a bundle! We have some relatives up there in Maine. They say they have 9 months of winter and 3 months of bad sledding :)
 
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SpaceBus

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I got the stove into the house, so that's a step in the right direction. Hopefully the vendor I'm working with on my chimney and liner doesn't take too long.
 

SpaceBus

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The chimney for the cooker and the liner for the wood stove should be shipping tomorrow and the range boiler shipped yesterday (should be here tomorrow!). I'm hoping to have the domestic hot water system and the cook stove installed in the next two months.
 

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I got the stove into the house, so that's a step in the right direction. Hopefully the vendor I'm working with on my chimney and liner doesn't take too long.
Looks like a great stove and really neat project.
You're doing the install yourself, right? Tee or ceiling? You'll get the UL installation instructions with the product of course, but I'd be happy to send you some highlights that will make it simpler.
Who are you working with to get the chimney, I'll make sure we're doing our part at Jeremias.
 

SpaceBus

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Looks like a great stove and really neat project.
You're doing the install yourself, right? Tee or ceiling? You'll get the UL installation instructions with the product of course, but I'd be happy to send you some highlights that will make it simpler.
Who are you working with to get the chimney, I'll make sure we're doing our part at Jeremias.
Stoves and More out of WV is helping me get the product. I'm running the chimney out the back of the cooker through the wall and then straight up. Well, hopefully I measured everything accurately. If not then I'll have to get an offset, but hopefully not.
 

Bad LP

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Cool stove for sure. Looking forward to hearing how it performs for the intended tasks.
 
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jetsam

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I've done a lot of cooking on stoves and open fires, but I've never used an actual wood cookstove. It looks very fancy. Interested to hear how you like the oven, and how the DHW shakes out. Will the cookstove feed the existing water heater?
 
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SpaceBus

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I've done a lot of cooking on stoves and open fires, but I've never used an actual wood cookstove. It looks very fancy. Interested to hear how you like the oven, and how the DHW shakes out. Will the cookstove feed the existing water heater?
No, the existing water heater is old and needs to be replaced anyway. I'm going to plumb the cooker into a 40 gallon stainless steel tank called a range boiler. I'm also going to tie in my solar collector on the roof to this tank. The outlet will feed into an electric on demand water heater before going to the faucets. Ideally the on demand water heater won't turn on much if at all.
 

jetsam

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No, the existing water heater is old and needs to be replaced anyway. I'm going to plumb the cooker into a 40 gallon stainless steel tank called a range boiler. I'm also going to tie in my solar collector on the roof to this tank. The outlet will feed into an electric on demand water heater before going to the faucets. Ideally the on demand water heater won't turn on much if at all.
Hmm, I guess there's a cold water mixing valve after the cookstove to keep the output water below a certain temperature? Sounds like a cool setup.
 
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SpaceBus

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Hmm, I guess there's a cold water mixing valve after the cookstove to keep the output water below a certain temperature? Sounds like a cool setup.
Indeed there will be a tempering valve on the output side.