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C. Hunter
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Would it be possible to replace a windowpane with a metal panel for an outvent pipe and run a stovepipe up parallel to the chimney (the chimney itself is slightly iffy but running a stovepipe up it would be an option too) and put a small stove (soemthing like the Packer Junior here - https://campingyurts.com/yurt-stoves.shtml) on a firebrick pad safely in the house as a supplement to electrical heat? I'm on electric heat and would like to transition off it in my current house (next house will have a woodstove as primary, but that's not very common here in Texas and this is an incrimental change I can make now). I'm thinking that doing this (especially if it could be done fairly cheaply, as the Packer Junior could probably be set up for under $300ish including the pad for it) would let me use THAT to heat the room I'm in the most (and hence turn down the heat considerably in the rest of the house), get used to the maintaining-it side of a wood stove AnD keep my office more comfortable without wasting electricity.)


This is probably a really dumb question, sorry to anyone who is facepalming now. I've never HAD a woodstove but I have SO MUCH cut wood and it's free and seasoned (pecan, mesquite, and a lot of scrubby liveoak) and it is killing me to pay an electric bill to heat when I have the wood RIGHT HERE.
 
Alder Burns
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the only danger to your plan I can see is to have the outdoor pipe too close to a flammable exterior wall. And it would need to be well anchored against wind. These two reasons seem to lean towards trying to run the pipe into the existing chimney. We had a stove plus electric hot air heat for a while in OR. We would burn the stove and run the heater on "fan only" and it did a wonderful job of circulating the stove's heat throughout the house. The other option with a drafty space and limited wood is to close off the heated room and do most of your living in it, leaving the rest of the space chilly.
You can also move the warm air elsewhere in the house with fans large or small if there is no duct system.
 
John Pollard
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We lived in a 100 year old 4 bdrm house in FL so it had no central. The landlords supplied us with a half a dozen space heaters. 300 bucks a month to run them and they didn't keep it warm. (it does get down to the 30s in FL) I went out and got a wood stove for $125, pulled a wall a/c out and put a piece of metal in it's place with a round hole cut for the stove pipe. Elec went down to less than $100/mth. I used a couple of pcs of roofing tin standing up behind the stove to keep the wall from getting too hot. I already had an infrared thermometer to check surface temps and checked them on a regular basis for a couple of weeks. tin got close to 200 F but wall behind was in the 90s. Only issue was the two 90 degree elbows would collect creosote so I had to clean them out every two weeks. I don't think it was any more dangerous than a bunch of space heaters. Especially with two of them having to be upstairs with the two young kids while we slept downstairs. I also lined the floor with squares of ceramic tile. Not mortared or grouted, just sitting since it was a rental. I also took a hammer to the bottom/floor of the wood stove, being a used one, to make sure it was solid before I used it. Used a fan to blow hot air upstairs. I knew we were going to be moving to the ozarks which helped my decision to buy a wood stove in FL. Yes we brought it out here with us.
 
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