From the plan it doesn't appear to have central air/heat, but a wood stove is included in the plan for the living room. With the size I'm assuming that one of those window air conditioning units would be enough to keep it cool in the summer. I was just wanting input on wood and pellet stoves. Which do you think is better? Any brands in particular? Maybe a combo unit? Thanks in advance!
WAH and homeschooling mom to my two boys: E (9) and E (7)
I will say that we went to Hearth.com and spent some time doing research on the forums there, and the forum members, who are all obsessed with wood stoves, helped us pick a stove that was perfect for our situation. Good luck!
We really like out Jotul brand stove. The one we have would be too big for your place, but they make a variety of sizes and they are good quality.
Mama to my sweet Sophia, born at home on 4/6/11.
We love our pellet stove, which we got because we currently live in town and retrofitting our house for a woodstove would have been prohibitively expensive. We buy locally-produced pellets and feel like we have a much smaller footprint that we would if we were buying oil like 75% of Mainers. BUT I don't like being dependent on electricity, and we will put a cordwood burning stove in the house we build in the next couple years. We will probably go with a Finnish stove, but it will be in a 10,000+ heating degree day climate in the UP of Michigan.
I would probably not use a metal stove to burn cordwood unless I had a lot of thermal mass around the stove. To burn cleanly, you have to burn hot, which heats up the house quickly, but without thermal mass, most of the heat is soon lost when the fire goes out. My in-laws have built a giant brick hearth around their metal stove that really helps mitigate those swings, but you can avoid the issue altogether by just using a stove that has built-in mass.
We have a Jotul F 3CB. It says it heats up to 1,300 ft. Well, we have about a 400 sq. foot cob house and it heats our place really well. If you follow the instructions and tend the fire it doesn't overheat our place which is pretty amazing b/c the cob is way more insulated than a traditional home. We love our wood stove.
My husband works at a wood stove store and right off the top of his head he said the Jotul F 602 CB is the highest quality wood stove made to heat that square footage. I see there is already a link to it from Farmer Mama.
I love Edward and we love our Libby (8/07) and 'Nana' (05/09 ) and Eowyn (11/11) We are having a blast and .
If you're interested in an all purpose (heating, cooking, baking) stove, check out Vermont Bun baker http://www.vermontwoodstove.com/vermontbunbaker.htm
I think this stove is really cool, a little pricy, but for what you get it seems alright. If I had a small cabin I would really consider a stove like this.
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