I live in a log cabin
in zone 4a and heat with wood
. We have a wood cookstove on the main level for cooking (obviously) that provides supplemental heat, but most of our heat comes from the big daddy wood stove
in the basement. We'd love to tear it out and make a rocketstove, since they are so efficient. However, we have a mortgage
on the cabin and our insurance won't cover anything that isn't certified through the Underwriters Laboratory.
So, my question is whether it would be possible to just cob
around the wood stove
and make a big cob
hearth. Has anyone done this? Can the cob
come into contact with the stove itself, or might their be unintended drawbacks I'm not thinking through? I'd love to hear any ideas, caveats, suggestions. Thanks!