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Old January 20th, 2010, 09:32 AM   #21
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WAY better than the one a guy i work with made! Why did you put it so close to your house?
I had two basement stairwells one in the garage and this one on the backside of the house. So I decided to omit this one and build the woodburner on top of it , now I use the space under it, where the step use to be for a big storage closet.
I was a little restricted on the size and placement of the shed due to the fact I was trying to keep my build on top of the concrete wall.
If I did it again the building wood be a little larger.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 10:33 AM   #22
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Looks really nice, one question though, no offense but is that the same house in the pictures that you are describing? It does not look anywhere near 3000 sq ft, have a basement, or a upstairs?
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Old January 20th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #23
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uses approximately 1 face cord a week
$2500 total investment
Im heating 3000 sq. feet 3500 when I turn the heat on to my attached two car garage
upstairs main living area is maintained at 70-75 deg.
looks like hes got a 2 story according to the first post.

by the way the wood burner looks great i like how you used Rv doors for the shed.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 04:54 PM   #24
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Looks really nice, one question though, no offense but is that the same house in the pictures that you are describing? It does not look anywhere near 3000 sq ft, have a basement, or a upstairs?
I have a full basement under the home thats finished plus the garage is an attached 26x30
also my basement has 25 feet of windows across one end 4 ft high(I call it a lookout basement)(its not a complete walkout)
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Old January 20th, 2010, 04:58 PM   #25
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okay looked at the pics closer..thats a wood stove with a blower and you just ran some duct work inside. I glanced at it too quick and assumed it was a boiler and thats why i thought it was weird you wouldn't just get it out away from the home
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Bringing this up again......This is for people with outdoor stoves. What do you do when you go on vacation or are away from your home for a few days in the wintertime with the outdoor setup? I would like to possibly do an outdoor stove, but am not sure what I would do when I am not at home as I travel for work.
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Bringing this up again......This is for people with outdoor stoves. What do you do when you go on vacation or are away from your home for a few days in the wintertime with the outdoor setup? I would like to possibly do an outdoor stove, but am not sure what I would do when I am not at home as I travel for work.
I was gone for a 3 day strech this winter, and still had coals glowing when we got home.
It doesn't take much to fire it back up when you get back, because there's a good 8"-10" of coals going in mine at all times.
I usually have my dad stop by and feed it once a day if we are gone for the weekends.
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I'd much rather have this kind of setup than one in the basement, for that reason. You don't have to let anyone in your house to feed it while your gone.
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I was gone for a 3 day strech this winter, and still had coals glowing when we got home.
It doesn't take much to fire it back up when you get back, because there's a good 8"-10" of coals going in mine at all times.
I usually have my dad stop by and feed it once a day if we are gone for the weekends.
I assume that not all outdoor stoves can go 3 days without filling. I was filling my friends in the UP this year while they were on vacation and I had to fill it daily. When I would come the next day to fill it, it would be just coals at the bottom. Granted this was a 5000 sq ft of heating, but it was set at 60F in there house while they were gone. I would like to get one of these but there are many times in the winter we are gone for 3 or 4 days snowmobiling and am not sure how long I would be able to let it go for.
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I assume that not all outdoor stoves can go 3 days without filling. I was filling my friends in the UP this year while they were on vacation and I had to fill it daily. When I would come the next day to fill it, it would be just coals at the bottom. Granted this was a 5000 sq ft of heating, but it was set at 60F in there house while they were gone. I would like to get one of these but there are many times in the winter we are gone for 3 or 4 days snowmobiling and am not sure how long I would be able to let it go for.
No, Normally mine would not go for three days with out filling it.
Mine is an outdoor boiler stove (Central Boiler), and we had it dialed way down while we were gone. We have a 2100sq ft home, and I filled it way up with seasoned Red Oak before we left. The wood was gone, but the coals were still there, I was really surprised. I fully expected the fire to be out when we got home.
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No, Normally mine would not go for three days with out filling it.
Mine is an outdoor boiler stove (Central Boiler), and we had it dialed way down while we were gone. We have a 2100sq ft home, and I filled it way up with seasoned Red Oak before we left. The wood was gone, but the coals were still there, I was really surprised. I fully expected the fire to be out when we got home.
when the coals go down and it loses the heat in the boiler I assume the water can freeze in it then?
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When I leave for a vacation I just set the furnace thermostat to 60 and let the wood burner go out. The cost of propane for a couple days is way less than the hassle.
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My setup paid for itself this winter.
Between the fuel savings and my tax return(based on the 300 dollar tax credit I got for purchasing the wood burner)

This was the biggest reason for doing this setup, its alot cheaper than a central boiler.
What is the sense in having a wood burner that you have to pay on for 5 years to break even. By then youll be doing repairs to it.

With my setup I ll use one tank of propane a year and I plan to fill in the summer when it is 1.00 a gallon.
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My setup paid for itself this winter.
Between the fuel savings and my tax return(based on the 300 dollar tax credit I got for purchasing the wood burner)

This was the biggest reason for doing this setup, its alot cheaper than a central boiler.
What is the sense in having a wood burner that you have to pay on for 5 years to break even. By then youll be doing repairs to it.

With my setup I ll use one tank of propane a year and I plan to fill in the summer when it is 1.00 a gallon.

I agree, my setup was a bit more $$, but it wasn't that bad.
I'm still on the same tank of propane I bought 2 years ago with no plans on buying more any time soon.
We also make our hot water supply with it. You should look into doing that with yours. It's pretty sweet having unlimited hot water.
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My setup paid for itself this winter.
Between the fuel savings and my tax return(based on the 300 dollar tax credit I got for purchasing the wood burner)

This was the biggest reason for doing this setup, its alot cheaper than a central boiler.What is the sense in having a wood burner that you have to pay on for 5 years to break even. By then youll be doing repairs to it.

With my setup I ll use one tank of propane a year and I plan to fill in the summer when it is 1.00 a gallon.
but I'd still rather have my central boiler set-up than that thing, and mine should be be almost paided off from saving next winter...3yrs
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