Before I settle for a standard mini wood stove for small cabins I wanted to ask you amazing folks if you have heard or seen a ductless mini pellet stove or wood stove? If you come across one can you please let me know?
I saw this very functional mini wood stove on a Youtube video posted here. I took stills from the video as you can see. I still have not found the manufacturer of this. Anyway, thank you for all of your experiences helping new, old folks here...lol.
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Not sure what you mean by duct less wood stove, but the pictures you have are of a cubic mini woodstove.
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I don't think it's possible to have a safe solid fuel appliance without some sort of exhaust vent or chimney. Even if they were 100% efficient (hypothetically), they would still expel water vapour, carbon dioxide and some nitrous oxides. Even the ventless gas heaters can cause problems for the same reasons.
I have looked at these before. I think what they mean by “ductless” is that it can be configured in such a way that the exhaust comes out the upper back of the stove instead of the top. The main advantage is that in the “ductless” configuration, the top provides a modest area for cooking or warming up coffee, etc. In the ducted very, there is precious little area on top for anything useful.
As I remember, these stoves were pretty good at warming up a small to medium sized space. The downside is that they do not burn for very long and need refueling every 30-60 minutes.
I wonder how much wood a person would need to keep one of these going. Also, the wood needs to be cut up to something like 6” pieces to effectively fit in the stove. It might be a lot of work cutting and splitting wood to heat for a short time, but maybe in some situations it could be useful. I would be curious to know if one of these might augment a RMH by helping to warm a space quickly while the mass of the RMH heats up and starts to radiate.
At any rate, these are just a few thoughts and memories I have of these little stoves.
Using the term direct vent might be less confusing that the newer marketing term of vent free. With a direct vent system, the duct leaves the back of the unit then thru the wall vs the usual setup of running up the wall inside the house/cabin.
These mini stove usually give off 10,000BTU per hour.
Location/Climate: If you are in Florida (zone9) this unit is perfect in Maine(zone4) you will need a few.
House Size: Is this a 8ft x 12ft cabin or a 24ftx36ft one
Insulation: Is this a minimal R4 building or a permie R-40 building
Other Fuel: How do you cook and heat your water.
Backup: Is it possible for you to install a radiant floor system with pex piping and circulating pump.
Previous posters mentioned these, but with my experience with the cubic mini, I can confirm: cutting wood to this size is way more work than it needs to be, and it doesn't burn long enough. Great concept but waking up frozen every two hours is not the vibe. But: great as a supplemental heat. Very cute and small, not intrusive on the space. Works great, extremely hot. Difficult to load it well. And it won't heat up much more than 200sq ft in a cold climate.