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I'm building a cabin. I'm currently building a road and that's slow going.

My questions is this. I have a few old stoves at my disposal. In the event that i do not build a RMH, which would you choose?

1) Old Green Jotul - from memory this might be the one. Don't remember if it has a glass door like this or the smaller box on top
http://tinyurl.com/2urg53c

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2) Temp-Wood. THe link has the basic style. quite plain and ugly from an aesthetic standpoint. I'll have one that's smaller and one that's larger to choose from. THe larger style we have in the main house in the large kitchen and it works quite well. Here's a look at the style and I want to compare it to the jotul for efficiency
http://hearth.com/econtent/index.php/wiki/File:tempwood.jpg/

I saw the Jotul about 10-15 years ago. My Dad has it stashed somewhere with a claim he may use it in one of the houses but I bet I can get it into my cabin if I ask nicely.

If you had to choose between the two for efficency which would it be? And no I do not have any specs on dimensions or air flow or capacity. Jotul or one of the 2 Temp-Woods...

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They are both natural draft standard stoves, for all practicalities, they will be the same efficiency and it will depend upon how you tune them as to any differences. As long as you can cook on top of both it is really your pick.
 
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The glass door model looks like the winner to me.  I may have read the diagram wrong, but the other looks like a top loader, which I would avoid, in case you want to stoke the fire while you are cooking.  If you have a chance, consider retrofitting either of them with an external combustion air intake, that way you won't be sucking warm air out of your cabin and up the chimney to keep the fire going.  Cheers.

I don't know what your situation is, but have you considered building a gondola instead of a road?
 
                                                      
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As mentioned in one of the posts the temp wood model looks to be a top loader which does have it's advantages with the drawbacks being clean out and shuffling pots if you are cooking on it. If I had my druthers i'd choose the jotul if for nothing else it's sturdy classic design added benefits are the door that allows some nice ambient light in and the legs are tall enough you could run a water coil under it for your water heater. If memory serves me correctly they made a model that had a water reservoir that was fairly easy to attach to the back of the unit
 
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