Larisa Walk wrote:We built a "hybrid" masonry stove starting with a wood stove for the fire box. You can check it out here, at http://geopathfinder.com/Masonry-Stove.html
In a previous home we had built a "real" masonry wood heater, complete with a warming bench, a puzzle chamber of flue paths, the whole 9 yards. The current hybrid stove works as well and was waaaay easier to construct.
Steve Thorn wrote:
Audrey Wrobel wrote:We have a garden we didn’t plant this summer, and I saw goldenrod among weeds growing in there. Just took a few cuttings to make an oil with it, but letting them lay out in the sun for at least a day before I bring them inside and wash them before making it.
I've got some goldenrod growing too. How do you process and use it?
Davis Tyler wrote:what's the main problem with your existing stove? Just the daily temperature swings? How long does a load of dry firewood last? What sort of high and low temperature do you see in the stove room throughout the day?
How many cords of wood do you burn in a typical winter?
There are efficient catalytic and secondary-burn stoves that even out the temperature swings. They're not cheap. I load my Blaze King 2x a day all winter long (3x a day if the night drops into single-digits). It keeps the house between 65-72 degrees 24/7. I burn 3-4 cords of hardwood most winters.
The cheapest long-term solution is to improve the insulation and air-sealing of the house. There's a lot of low-hanging fruit for improvement in most cold-climate houses.
David Baillie wrote:Hi gabe. I see an eco fan on top do you have a hole in the back cowling for a blower? You will get significant increases of heat off the stove with it. If not get a box fan and mount it behind it on low. Push that heat at the drywall walls and let them act as your mass...