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Ok convince me not to buy another wood stove

PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 12:04 pm
by woodburner
I've got a room that's built over crawl space and is an addition to my house. I need to add some form of supplemental heat for this room as it can get a bit chilly given that it is not directly heated. The only option that seems reasonable to me right now is a $130 small wood stove from ace hardware. Feel free to talk me out of it though, I'm open to other suggestions as I'm not really looking forward to burning 2 fires in my home. The problems I'm facing are financial. I don't need something that's going to put out a lot of BTUs, because it only needs to heat one room. Here are the other options I've considered and why I've ruled most of them out.

Ventless gas - produces harmful carbon monoxide which is released directly into living space. These are not healthy.

Direct vent gas: These are very expensive. I can't find any for less than 1000 let alone under 400.

Pellet stoves: Expensive, high maintenance. The maintenance I can deal with, but to get a decent one they cost quite a bit from what I've seen. The cheap ones are terrible to use.

Electric: I'm not sure about this one. Are there any decent options here?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:38 pm
by FriendofAir
I have used my share of electric space heaters. They seem to be reasonable in price, $20-$80 typically. If you're not using it all a time, the cost of operation may not be too high. Certainly the installation would be far easier and cheaper than typical triple wall insulated flue pipe, cutting a hole in the roof etc.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:59 pm
by Anti-Cancer from New York
:lol: :lol:

dear woodburner: my accountant co-worker suggested Ceramic Electric Heaters--especially the kind with numerical temperatures. They are cheapest of all the electric heaters to run. i have one on now. it is by lasko, from walmart, called the pivotal heater. it has never cost me more than 10 dollars extra a month. they are great. if need be, you could use two in a room . a friend of mine loves it, and my neighbor has a couple and gave one to his son. the pivotal one by lasko, does not get hot and keeps you warm. i have a total of 3 of them and bought 2 for my parents.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 12:22 am
by begreen9
[quote="Anti-Cancer from New York"]:lol: :lol:

dear woodburner: my accountant co-worker suggested Ceramic Electric Heaters--especially the kind with numerical temperatures. They are cheapest of all the electric heaters to run. i have one on now. it is by lasko, from walmart, called the pivotal heater. it has never cost me more than 10 dollars extra a month. they are great. if need be, you could use two in a room . a friend of mine loves it, and my neighbor has a couple and gave one to his son. the pivotal one by lasko, does not get hot and keeps you warm. i have a total of 3 of them and bought 2 for my parents.[/quote]

Your accountant is to be kind, uniformed. A ceramic heater uses no more or less electricity. Watts used per hour are just that and the heat output is the same. This is just silly non-science and BS.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 5:51 pm
by UncleRich
Woodburner:
Buy the stove. Buy either the wood burner or pellet. Pellets are more expensive than wood, but have their advantages. A good stove needs attention whether wood or pellet. Don't buy any stove that is not EPA approved. The hardware stove at $130 is probably not approved. You would be able to find a good quality small stove in wood or pellet from someone moving to a larger stove. Small quality stoves are readily available in the Spring and Summer. Install it to code, stock your fuel and enjoy the warmth.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:25 am
by VT Woodburner
Get the stove.

Most people actually think electricity comes from the WALL, not a power plant fueled by coal. Coal is the biggest fuel source for electrical generation in the USA.

If you lived in PA, electricity would be a good way to go as most power there is nuclear, and the cost of electricity is among the lowest in the nation. But it also doesn't get as cold there as it does in upstate NY.

Stay with the stove.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:19 am
by woodburner
I've actually since decided to put in an outdoor wood boiler which will more effectively heat my whole house (including that room) and my workshop/rec room as well. Thanks for all your advice.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:15 pm
by Anti-Cancer from New York
i am glad i am not your neighbor, as i would have to move far, far , away from the woodsmoke that you will breathing.
have fun breathing in the woodsmoke. as the report says: when smoke gets in your lungs....