One of our friends bought an old coal house heater out of an abandoned house. Tracked down the owner via the property tax records and got the rusted pile of iron for almost nothing. Scraped the rust away, put new gaskets and furnace cement on it, plus replaced a cracked fire brick. Attached it to new stove pipe and it worked just fine. Not pretty to look at, for real. But it heated his house for several years until he could afford something nicer.
Here is a cheap ready-made woodstove: http://vogelzang.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_95&product_id=113
and here is some of the best cabin/tent stoves, actually better than the above: http://fourdog.com/view-all-tent-stoves
You also could do one of these: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00APJQNES/ref=wl_it_dp_v_nS_img?_encoding=UTF8&colid=U8Z6BPC2IP24&coliid=I2D1D72WF77QCD
You can get small, but you have to pay dearly for it...
On a budget: http://www.ammocanstove.com/
If it were me: I would plan for an RMH and figure out where your roof penetration will be. Do the roof penetration for the RMH, and then put one of these budget cookstoves in place for this year. Build the RMH next summer and move the woodstove to an outdoor kitchen.
Bench that you see a beautiful piece of built-in furniture that you WANT in the very center of your home, other wise pass on it too!
If you want your own personal house dragon which is great company, you will want to prepare the floor area for your Rocket and Mass Bench, as you are building the house
foundation, the simplest way to go is an insulated box over compacted/tamped ground , some crushed stone and about 4 '' of concrete on which you will lay up your rockets
insulated base ( this time the insulation is to protect your concrete from HEAT damage) !
Failing to plan this step, this year, can turn a simple installation into a nightmare, or even make it impossible without picking up your house and moving it ! A foundation for
any wood stove, and its chimney should be as important as remembering to bring water in and preparing drains for grey water ! Good luck and I hope this was timely and
helped ! For the Good of The Crafts !
Think like Fire, Flow like a Gas, Don't be the Marshmallow ! As always, your comments and questions are all solicited and are Welcome ! PYRO - Logically BIG AL !
Failing to plan this step, this year, can turn a simple installation into a nightmare, or even make it impossible without picking up your house and moving it ! A foundation for any wood stove, and its chimney should be as important as remembering to bring water in and preparing drains for grey water !
I learned this the hard way. Which reminds me of another critical thing:
MINIMUM CLEARANCE TO COMBUSTIBLES!!! Cheap wood stoves often need THREE FEET of clearance on all sides to any wood structure. That is a big chunk of a 14x14 house. Even with heat shields you would be dedicating a lot of your space for a cheap heater...
I know this post may upset some. But, I have spent a great deal of my life working on these stoves. I have a NFPA certification and I am not making this up.
Don't skimp here. Get good quality stoves to heat small areas. Carbon monoxide is a serious issue in small areas.
Hope this helps.
Now - if you are looking on CL, make sure you post a WANTED ad also. Lots of people have them around but don't really take the time to post an ad of what they have available
We gave up on wood heat and now carefully schedule cooking to help heat the house. Baking in the morning and dinner in the evening keeps things warm more or less. On really cold days or when we want to drive away the damp, we use a small propane heater that cost less than $100. It is a Mr Heater "Little Buddy" that costs about $70 right now on Amazon. It puts out about 3,800 Btu which is probably all you will need. We also have a small propane stove and oven for cooking and frankly, we use more propane for cooking than we do for heating. Think insulation. If that fails, get a big dog!
the stove came highly recommended from hiker friends who use this as a camp stove, its totally airtight
thick metal, well made, very light (like 40 lbs)
the problem is that it comes stock with a 5 inch flue. . this is not standard size as far as I can tell and it took us a minute to find the 5'' -6'' adaptor