Wood stove

We have been talking about getting a wood stove. Winter is coming, and with climate change one never knows what will happen. Last Halloween we had snow and lost power for three days. It wasn’t much fun. We have a fire place but it is not very efficient. We have an electric stove so losing power means no cooking. A wood stove would keep us warm and we could cook on it.
It seems like a good idea. Brookwood Shire is a small cottage ands could easily be heated with a wood stove. We have an oil furnace but the price of oil is high and likely to get higher. It seems we need to do something so we have a bit more control of the situation.

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We have a room that we winterized a few years ago. It had been a screened porch. It is a lovely room but it is on the north side of the house and it has no cellar, so it can be a bit chilly. I think a wood stove would make it very cozy.

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Unfortunately we would have to lose this table. The wood stove would go right there.
So what size? A small one for sure. Our chimney sweep, who would install it for us, likes Jotul stoves. We have narrowed it down to two.

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This is the smallest one they make. But it is only 22 1/2″ tall. And it has no ash drawer. It might be too small.

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This one is bigger. 28″ tall with an ash drawer. But it might be too big. Something in between would be better.

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Vermont Castings has one that is 25″ which seems better. But our chimney sweep doesn’t like Vermont Castings. So it is a bit of a dilemma.

What seemed like a simple idea is getting more and more complicated! I guess that is the way of things. They are never as simple as they seem.
So we are still thinking about it. And winter is still coming. If anyone has experience with woodstoves or ideas about them, I would welcome suggestions.

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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One Response to Wood stove

  1. PermaGoddess says:

    Buy the best you can afford, or even a second-hand one…simply the best way of keeping warm!

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