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I currently live in base housing in Maine and with last weeks ice storm I got to thinking about heat. The power was only out at my house for a day but it started to get pretty cold inside. I have food, water, guns and ammo but no heat. How hard would it be to take a portable wood stove and run it inside? I wouldn't have it permanently attached as the housing office would throw a fit but would at least like to have one as a possibility for a more extended outage. Maybe one of the ones used in canvas tents? What are your thoughts?
 
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A neat trick would be to make something like a portable outdoor boiler with a pipe that runs hot water to a heat exchanger in the house.....just run the pipe/hose through a window. You can't burn the house down because the fire is outside in the yard.
 

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Any wood burning stove would need to have a pipe running outside the house to vent the smoke. You would have to figure out how to run the vent pipe or die from smoke inhalation. Personally for portable use I would also suggest the portable catalytic heater.
 
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He said he wanted to burn wood.
With an outdoor boiler the only thing entering and exiting the house is hot water.
If my boiler(which I don't use because its oil fired) wasn't so new when I bought this house I would likely have already replaced it with an outdoor unit that burns wood.
I juse seems like the right way to go. I'd still keep the wood stove too for when the power was out or I wanted to cook something.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I never thought about catalytic propane heaters. Are they safer than wood burning? Originally I was thinking of just keeping one of these in the shed. http://www.cylinderstoves.com. Sorry, I don't know how to make a live link. I know many people around here have permanent wood burning stoves in their house but I don't know if the wall tent stoves can be run as safely.
 

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Sure you could use your camp stove. Open a window and insert plywood The size of the opening. Cut a hole larger than your stove pipe and install a collar so the pipe does not make contact with the wood. A piece of sheet metal would be ideal. Then the hole for the pipe can be sized to fit the pipe. As long as you pull a good draft you should be fine. You'll want the pipe to rise above the peak of the house to insure a good draft. As with all fire stove be cautious always. I heated a trailer with an old sheet metal stove for a few years. You use to be able to buy at farm and fleet for around $35.00. Course that was in the seventies. They were just that too. Made from sheet metal.
 

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I'd look at a wall mounted propane catalytic heater.Put the tank outside,run a line or hose in.
Side note,but a couple three or four Coleman lanterns burning put out a serious amount of heat,enough to keep a smaller house warm,plus you get light.
 
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