After a lot of reading on this forum and months of shopping I pulled the trigger on a wood stove. I started off this project with a heatilator wood fireplace that cost me more electricity than it provided heat. We are completely electric where I live and my electric bills are pretty high year round. It also sucks losing power and relying on a kerosene heater to heat the house. My house is a newer construction two story that is about 2400 sq feet. My wife looked at pictures of installs and really liked the idea of having an alcove. I had no desire to build one so I priced it out. They wanted about $6,000 to do what I knew I was capeable of so I did it myself. The idea of putting something that generated that much heat in to a hole was also concerning to me. I got with the wood stove installer and he told me what would be safe as far as clearances so i built it much bigger and told him not to place it all the way in to the back of the alcove. The stove will be installed on Monday so the pics of the project are of the past few weeks. The stove that is being installed is a Jotul Oslo.
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