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Saturday, October 13, 2012

New woodstove installed!




I’d like to thank John, Adam, Tracy and Leane for the help moving and installing the new woodstove. The dealer would have moved it for me, but their moving crew is booked until the middle of next month.

The stove lists for $4000, but it was on sale for $3700. After looking at many stoves both on-line and in stores, I went with a local dealer. He’s been in business for years so he’ll probably not disappear tomorrow. Another advantage of dealing local is that NH has no sales tax. On this pricey an item, it makes a difference.

Still, $3700 is a lot of money, at least for me. Then again, it’s doing the work of both a furnace and a kitchen stove. Like much of New England, my old furnace runs on heating oil. The price has taken a big jump. Even with the money I’m spending on wood, the woodstove will pay for itself in less than 3 years.

I’ll do a full performance review on the woodstove after the winter. So far it’s running the way it’s supposed to. The house was toasty warm this morning. Outside it was windy and 33 degrees. The firebox still had plenty of hot coals left from the evening’s wood. I’ve cooked a couple meals on it and perked coffee. The oven easily gets plenty hot enough for baking.

The best thing about a woodstove is that I live in the woods. There’s no long supply line from Venezuela or the Middle East. My heating fuel grows on trees.

-Sixbears

25 comments:

  1. she's a beauty! Wise decision.

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  2. I'd love to have one if it wasn't for the price.

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    1. It was a serious consideration, but quality only hurts once.

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  3. That's a beauty. That'd look even better on my boat!

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    1. You must have a good sized boat to fit a 500 pound stove.

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    2. I haven't got it yet. Just about to start building one!

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  4. Nice stove big guy.

    Now to insure that wood supply, get a donkey and a cart. Or equivalent. After SHTF all your easily accessible wood will become too far for easy access. Sumthin ta think about.
    Life up north will become very difficult without oil.

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    1. Life in the south will be difficult without AC.

      I can sustainably harvest enough wood, year after year, within 500 feet of my house.

      Now it's easy and realatively cheap to have a big truck dump it in my yard, but I've gotten through winters burning mostly dead and down trees close by. I've been poor before. The new stove is a lot more effcient on wood too.

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  5. She's a beaut! Dang, I only paid $3,300 for my truck! : )

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    1. I only payed $1600 for my van. Stove is more important.

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  6. Was this the one with the glass top ?

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    1. Yes. Still thinking of having a steel plate cut, just in case.

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  7. Is that an oven below the fire box? Wouldn't the ashes insulate it from the heat or is it just a warmer?

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    1. Firebox top left. Ash clean out bottom left. Right hand side is all oven.

      To use the oven, the smoke path is redirected around the oven instead of directly out the stove pipe.

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  8. What a beautiful stove!!! Enjoy this great investment.

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  9. That's really nice Six! Can't wait for the wife to bake some bread in it. Take some photo's when she does or better yet send me some! :-)

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    1. You mean, can't wait for Six to bake some bread in it. He's the better of the two. I love my Mom, but I miss my Dad's cooking. I also love that they taught me there's no need to bake up gender roles.

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    2. I backed some coconut flour muffins, but didn't take a photo. They weren't around long enough.

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  10. Did you use a class A insulated pipe? Or a triple wall. Beauitiful stove , always have my eye out for a old school kitchen stove.

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  11. That's an awesome stove! I like that you can see the fire. Kind of a bummer about mine. Nothing like being in control of your own heat supply when living in colder climates.

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    1. Still loving it. Just piled up another cord of wood. Getting two more tomorrow. Should have a jump on next years pile.

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