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I want to get a wood stove sometime (in the future...) but I don't know a whole lot about them.
The other day I stumbled across this one and fell in love.. Maybe it's just because of the color but I can't say I've ever seen one like that before! (and I do love color..)

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/grd/2211740926.html

Can anyone tell me anything about it? Is the price reasonable? What is the turquoise inlay actually made out of? Just ceramic suited paint? Would you buy it?

I'm clueless, I'm sorry!
 
                              
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Maybe I ought to have posted this in Alternative Energy? My apologies if so..
 
Jordan Lowery
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we have one similar to that except the top back piece is gone. we got ours at a yard sale for 50$. the owner said( not sure if its true ) that his grandma or great grandma brought it from back east on her model t way back when. it works great though i like it since the whole top gets hot, but all different temps so i can cook a whole meal on a few pieces of wood. and if i had something in the oven as well i could be cooking even more on that wood.
 
                                  
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What about a wood stove or a pellet stove in the shed, with a fan blowing warm air into the trailer. It might be worth the luxury of a full nights sleep. Pellet stoves can burn for 24 hours.
 
                          
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It's hard to say because we can't see the inside.  The firebox should be lined with a kind of refractory brick.  Often, these are specially formed and you need a kit that's made to fit the specific model of stove.  It'd be good to know what condition that firebox liner is in. 

The way these things work is that you start the fire with the combustion gasses going right up the chimney.  That gives you hot fire on the burners right over the firebox.  But to bake or get moderate heat over the burners to the right, you move a leaver that adjusts the exhaust to circulate over the top of the oven, down the right side, under the oven, and then to the smoke pipe to the chimney in back.  Be sure that shutter and linkage mechanism is in good working order.

The right front burner appears to have a perforated pattern.  This might be useful in some situations, but you'll want a solid burner cover for other times.

The turquoise is likely a baked enamel paint. 

I have a 1970s wood range in my kitchen of a somewhat similar style to that one, in addition to the propane stove I actually cook on.  I don't actually fire it that much.  If I really intended to cook over wood fire all the time, I'd probably want some variation of a rocket stove.  It takes up a lot of room, and suffers slightly from horizontal surface disease, mostly in the form of mail and newspapers getting piled there.

In the book Farmers of Forty Centuries the author relates that in 1906, some American missionaries in China got an American style wood fired kitchen range.  The next day they found their Chinese cook with his little Chinese single burner stove cooking on top of the big range.  He scoffed at the idea of cooking using the big range because of how much fuel it would consume.

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The fact that the link is still active, I am guessing that he still has it.  Make him an offer.
If I lived in the area, I probably would have already bought it.
Before you go to bed at night, put all of your cast iron skillets on it.  They will radiate heat long after the fire goes out.
 
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Looks good in the picture.  If I was close, I'd take a good look at it and show up with the trailer to take it away.
 
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