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Old 10-05-2011, 06:30 PM
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money not an issue.

what would you buy new?

I'm aware I can get used, but that's not me. I have the money. I'll be retired in less than 10 years. will be able to live off the interest in my portfolio.

so i ask, without looking at price, what would you buy?
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GO TO [LEMANS} on line they sell everything for off grid farms vacation cabins.
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I can't recommend a specific stove but I have a Dutchwest Convection Heater with a catalytic combustor. I like the combustor as a feature because the stove produces no smoke and hardly any tell-tale smell when it's operating at temperature.

A feature I would personally research in a new stove would be one with a non-catalytic combustor. They're less efficient (i.e. more polluting) but simpler to maintain. I don't know if you can smell smoke outside when it's running but that's important to me.

I mention this because the catalytic element has to be replaced every few years so it's a pain.

In a post-SHTF world you wouldn't be able to replace the catalyst. But I could see where not producing smoke smell would be beneficial for not attracting attention to your homestead.
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Vermont castings , hearthstone has wood stoves with soap stone. after the fire goes out stays warm for hours.
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I'm posting mainly to tag the thread. I'm looking to buy one before the end of the year to get the $300 tax credit before it expires.
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I would look at the napoleon line of fireplaces. They have several models that are EPA certified. This is the one that I have I know that when you get the flue hot and box hot, you don't even know it is burning.

well you don't notice the smoke that is.. and they have great warranties.

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steve, thanks for those tips! good to know.

also, couldn't find anything on google for LEMANS

was that a mistype?
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Can't help you with the best.....but stay away from Breckwell.
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I prefer older, solidly built, ones. Mine has been here forever, and I doubt it's approved by the epa, the sierra club, the pc nazis, or anyone else, but maybe my mother, and she passed away years ago. YMMV. If you can, avoid catalytic ones, and never buy a pellet stove...
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Lehmans is what you are looking for.

They have a Bakers oven wood heat/cook stove that look interesting. Not a high output but should work well for cooking.
Lehmans has an info center with helpful information.

You might look at a Harman coal/wood stove. One model even has a built in grill.
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if free-standing is what you want there are several good makes available. most have 'combustion enhancers' built in. cooking, melting snow and such can be done on the top surface. as well as inside 'hobo roasts' and such, sausages on a metal fork 'hot dog roaster', burgers and chops/steaks in a 'burger basket', etc.
fireplace stoves usually don't have this feature and I'm not certain about the vermont castings and similar.
if considering a cast iron model only the better made ones should be considered. but there are some good ones made. the old 'franklin fireplace' stoves are good for cabins and such and cooking is easily done on them. a welded plate steel is likely what you would do well with. there are 'stovepipe ovens' available that will bake your cornbread & biscuits better than any electric oven.
a pot of bean soup w/ham hock simmered all day and cornmeal pancakes cooked on top is mighty tasty supper.
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If you have small children or pets, soapstone is the way to go! Even when the fire is roaring at it's hottest, you can still lay your hands on the toasty warm surface. No getting burned!

Supposedly, soapstone burners use 1/3 less wood. Only problem with soapstone is you can't use it for cooking purposes.
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Look for burn time. We bought a nice small stove with an 8 hour burn time. If I did it over I'd look for a longer burn time to make stoking the fire easier. In eight hours there's nothing left but ash in mine.

Good luck!
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buy a older non catilitic stove i sugest a older earth stove none beter in my opinion i tried 3 or 4 stoves and i finaly found one like my parrents have in there house the same one that my dad put in our house over 30 years ago when i was a kid and still working so i found the same one and it works flawlessey just like theres bursa 12 plus hours i burn 4 to 5 cords a year i would have nothing less than a older earth stove at any cost , in the 80`s this stove was over 1200 $ i would pay twice that for it if i didint have one used or not my 2 cents hope it helps , yote
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Vermont Castings. Can't beat soapstone.
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thanks for responses.

I guess I should have clarified also, this will be for a 1700 sqft cabin, 2nd story is a loft and also has 'office'/lounge/hangout

will be looking into all this stuff
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I have this wood stove and love it.

It heats our 3000 sq ft house np and we saw temperatures down to -25 degrees in February.
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Check out

Hitzer wood and coal stoves
Plus others already mentioned.
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Save yourself some dough and look on craigslist.
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Originally Posted by floridanurse View Post
thanks for responses.

I guess I should have clarified also, this will be for a 1700 sqft cabin, 2nd story is a loft and also has 'office'/lounge/hangout

will be looking into all this stuff
Sounds like my place. Mine is log construction, open ceilings, great room is open to the 2nd floor. I heat with a Jotul Oslo. Keeps the place 75 all winter even when -20F outside, go thru about 5 cord per winter, and the oil furnace never comes on.

Go to HEARTH.COM to get more information that you would even want concerning heating with wood.


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