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Fireplace That Burn Wood

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Nyboy, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. Nov 19, 2014
    catjac1975

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    A wood burning stove using your chimney flue would produce a ton of heat. It is easy to set up to be efficient. You of course need the room to add a hearth and it should be inspected for safety. Wood heat takes the dampness out of the winter cold. We heat our very large home with only wood except when in the low teen temperatures when we have to add some furnace heat. We have always harvested our own wood from our property. There refer to wood as the only fuel that warms you twice.
     
  2. Nov 19, 2014
    Nyboy

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    I have never burned wood in it, it is a brick open faced in livingroom. The owners before must have burned a lot, because of soot marks inside and ashes. I went to start a fire, picked up log,snake crawled out, turned into gas that week. Also was worried about puttting fire out, its a weekend house Sunday afternoons i go back to city. Gas I just turn off. My nephew is prepping for collapse of our country. He got me thinking of heating anotther way, just in case unable to get gas. Funny country collapses and I would be worried about walking around smelling of smoke lol.
     
  3. Nov 19, 2014
    seedcorn

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    What I miss is when electric out, still have heat and place to cook. Love bean soup made on wood stove
     
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    journey11

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    And baked potatoes, best ever!
     
  5. Nov 19, 2014
    murphysranch

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    We have a regular fireplace here, but have never burned in it. Nor did the previous owners, who lost this place to foreclosure. It was built in 2006, but even so, I can't imagine it would produce enough heat to make it worth while.
     
  6. Nov 19, 2014
    digitS'

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    I had a home for 9 years with a fireplace that was nearly new and nearly unused. After the first few times I fired it up, I realized why.

    First of all, heat in the downstairs would shoot straight up to the second floor! I fixed it so that didn't happen by putting doors on the entrance to the stairwell.

    The other problem was what @Smart Red is talking about - drafts because of combustion. It would pull outdoor air in. Roaring fires, which I used to compensate, just made things worse.

    I solved most of the problem by putting a nice cast-iron stove on the hearth.

    Steve
     
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  7. Nov 19, 2014
    Smart Red

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    Outside air! My Sweetest thought of that way back in the early 70's when we built this house. He was a visionary!

    40 years and we still haven't used the living room fireplace, but could if necessary.
     
  8. Nov 19, 2014
    majorcatfish

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    fireplaces are nice but but most of the heat goes up the stack and once the fire goes out the cold air will come down and make the house smell like smoke if you do not close the flue. dont get me wrong fireplaces are good for a romantic evening but give me a good cast iron wood stove any day you still can have the romantic evening and cook on it when the power goes out.....
     
  9. Nov 20, 2014
    buckabucka

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    We have a masonry heater that cranks like an inferno! Normally, there is no smoke, but if you do not run the dampers correctly when the chimney is cold, it can smoke up the whole house.
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    thistlebloom

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