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We're thinking of buying this old house (1910) and fixing it up. I'm curious if anyone knows what the heck kind of heater this is? And if we got rid of it, what would we put there instead? Or should we invest in some kind of central heating system? The house is about 1200 square feet with a tiny upstairs.<br><br><a href="http://dist-cache.windermere.com/pics14/ImageStore.dll?id=5A572FDB2E5055DE&w=400&h=300&rev=3&bg=FFFFFF" target="_blank">http://dist-cache.windermere.com/pic...ev=3&bg=FFFFFF</a><br><br>
Oh yeah, it is hooked up to a gas line.<br><br>
And another thing, what do you all think about fixer uppers? Anyone have experience with that?
 

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dh and i guess it's a gas heater. the flue is for ventilation.<br><br>
we've had a couple fixers in our day (the most extensive being a 1911 row house in pittsburgh). it's FUN if you have the time and money to put into it.<br><br>
from the picture, it looks like you're not dealing with much of the original interior. based on the carpet and drywall, it was probably renovated within the last 30 years. that can be good or bad.<br><br>
it's one thing to deal with an original old house. it's another thing to work with one that has been remade through several eras by several people. as you work on it, you will have to add and subtract from what others have done before you. who knows what in those walls or under that carpet. trash or treasure??<br><br>
i strongly urge you to get an inspection on the property and have the inspector give you estimates of when and where the house was renovated and how.
 

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I would also guess gas because of the flue. If the flue was 'beefier' I might guess that it was a wood stove with a gas start? Totally speculation.<br><br>
A picture of inside would be more helpful.<br><br>
If the infrastructure (gas supply & chimney) is there, I'd totally look into keeping a gas stove of some sort... although an upgrade may be in order.
 

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Here's more pics, we'll definitely get an inspection before going through with the deal. It will be something that we will work on over years.<br><br><a href="http://www.windermere.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Listing.ListingDetail&ListingID=17791970" target="_blank">http://www.windermere.com/index.cfm?...ingID=17791970</a><br><br>
This is a link to the realtor's page.
 

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It's a gas heater, My great-gramma had a couple of them in her house. She kept the coffee hot on top <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I don't know about efficiency, but the flames were pretty and the coffee scent was lovely!<br><br>
~diana <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
thanks for reminding me of cool stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Absolutely a gas heater. We had two of them in our old house. They work really well *if* the house is well insulated. If not, plan to sit in front of that heater an awful lot!<br><br>
I'm on my second "fixer-upper" house, and I still love it. This one is 150+ years old. I agree with the thought that it matters how many other people have already had their hand in it - the guy that had it before us made some...well, let's say *strange* choices. ;-)<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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It says Fuel: Electric on the listing page. Does the house have electric heat too? That can be very expensive to heat with - at least in this part of the country. Was this gas heater installed to supplement it?
 

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I says the heat is forced air elecetric but that is a gas stove. They are very common in the area I live in. They work fine. Having some ceiling fans to move the air around helps. But they are ugly and difficult to keep kids safe around. If you have little ones you would need to get a good gate. It can be replaced with a wood stove but you would have the same safety issues. Although they are probably workable. We had free standing wood heat in our last house and somehow dd never did get burned. She learned "hot" pretty fast. I would imvestigate the "forced air" idea. I did not see any vents in the photos. But if it is ducted for forced air, you can put just about anything in it's place.
 

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Is the price and taxes correct??!!<br><br>
My house cost us about 1/3 the cost of your house and our taxes are about the same!! Wow. I live in New York by the way.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
We have a fixer upper and it is a PITA! If we could have afforded to build or purchase a newer home, we would have. But we have a 1/4 acre with a beautiful yard and we are steadily making progress on our home. We have been in our home for almost 8 years and in that time we have remodeled the kitchen (not completly done yet though), the living room, built a larger bathroom (love that room!), almost completly replaced our roof, replaced some windows (have a lot more to go).<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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Wow, that house would go for about 40K here. We use to live in Everett WA 23 years ago.<br><br><a href="http://www.caroljones.com/Listing/ListingDetail.aspx?Search=46e3ad51-1411-4915-aa8a-ec025c0e2624&Listing=21187582&IRPAgentID=&Image=1&First=1&Last=10&pagesize=10&SearchType=geographic&ListingDistrictTypeID=&FirstLetter=&Sort=1&Cookies=" target="_blank">http://www.caroljones.com/Listing/Li...ort=1&Cookies=</a><br><br>
We bought a fixer upper for $4,500 but we are completely gutting it so will cost 20K extra adding on and basically rebuilding it.<br><br><a href="http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=4065304&blogID=40453753&Mytoken=15673D11-487E-4974-BD379EC946417C0126796485" target="_blank">http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...417C0126796485</a><br><br><a href="http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=4065304&blogID=51228427&Mytoken=CDE60DCD-2841-4504-9648389DA7C295C426863703" target="_blank">http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...C295C426863703</a><br><br><a href="http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=4065304&blogID=80317326&Mytoken=DB3CB983-329C-4F8A-A67220EC3740308226907721" target="_blank">http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...40308226907721</a><br><br><a href="http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=4065304&blogID=252398561&Mytoken=40A2E0FB-3E16-4A9B-BEFE707F86A5A4EA27043101" target="_blank">http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...A5A4EA27043101</a>
 

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Not sure about the heater, but wanted to say that you have to be a very patient person to fix up an old house. We have fixed up two and have been at our absolute wit's end by the time they were done.<br><br>
Holy crap! Just saw the asking price. You could buy an absolute MANSION here for that amount of money!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It says Fuel: Electric on the listing page. Does the house have electric heat too? That can be very expensive to heat with - at least in this part of the country. Was this gas heater installed to supplement it?</div>
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Yeah, I think the listing is wrong. I didn't see any other heat source. It is soooooo ugly though! That's why I would maybe want to do something else. And it is the first thing you see when you walk in the door.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">That's a pretty house, what a nice big yard.</div>
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Thank you!! That's half the reason we want it. Lots of room for a garden.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is the price and taxes correct??!!<br><br>
If we could have afforded to build or purchase a newer home, we would have.</div>
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Yes and yes. We would have loved to. But you need 20% down for land and that'll take us years to come up with! We're tired of renting a duplex with no yard and no garage. And we always said we wouldn't move again till we bought a place.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Holy crap! Just saw the asking price. You could buy an absolute MANSION here for that amount of money!</div>
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Disgusting, isn't it?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">We bought a fixer upper for $4,500 but we are completely gutting it so will cost 20K extra adding on and basically rebuilding it.</div>
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thanks for the links! I love to see other's fixers. This one is not in bad shape. Plus our friends here are remodeling their house and the guy is a contractor by trade. He said he would help us for beer and food. and I love to cook, so that works out well.<br><br>
Yeah, $4,500 wouldn't buy a hole in the ground here.<br><br>
Thanks for looking and all your input!
 

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i read through the other posts before actually looking at the link and was expecting it to be like a million dollars or something. but 230k? i can see that.<br><br>
the rental house we are currently moving out of (we just purchased an old house ourselves) is about 900sqft, built in 1948 with very, very few improvements, is selling for $320,000.<br><br>
ridiculous but common.
 

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I want all of you to move to my area! <a href="http://www.realtor.com/FindHome/HomeListing.asp?snum=143&locallnk=yes&frm=bymap&mnbed=0&mnbath=0&mnprice=0&mxprice=99999999&js=off&fid=so&stype=&mnsqft=&mls=xmls&areaid=76038&poe=realtor&ct=Camden&st=AR&sbint=&vtsort=&sorttype=&typ=1&typ=2&typ=4&x=70&y=13&sid=0870066EA616C&pgnum=15&snumxlid=1071828110&lnksrc=00001" target="_blank">This house</a> is selling for $249,990 about an hour away from me. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/FindHome/HomeListing.asp?snum=142&locallnk=yes&frm=bymap&mnbed=0&mnbath=0&mnprice=0&mxprice=99999999&js=off&fid=so&stype=&mnsqft=&mls=xmls&areaid=76038&poe=realtor&ct=Camden&st=AR&sbint=&vtsort=&sorttype=&typ=1&typ=2&typ=4&x=70&y=13&sid=0870066EA616C&pgnum=15&snumxlid=1079279317&lnksrc=00002" target="_blank">This one</a> is $240,000. I hate to see people having to pay so much for a decent house when there are such good deals near me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I want all of you to move to my area! <a href="http://www.realtor.com/FindHome/HomeListing.asp?snum=143&locallnk=yes&frm=bymap&mnbed=0&mnbath=0&mnprice=0&mxprice=99999999&js=off&fid=so&stype=&mnsqft=&mls=xmls&areaid=76038&poe=realtor&ct=Camden&st=AR&sbint=&vtsort=&sorttype=&typ=1&typ=2&typ=4&x=70&y=13&sid=0870066EA616C&pgnum=15&snumxlid=1071828110&lnksrc=00001" target="_blank">This house</a> is selling for $249,990 about an hour away from me. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/FindHome/HomeListing.asp?snum=142&locallnk=yes&frm=bymap&mnbed=0&mnbath=0&mnprice=0&mxprice=99999999&js=off&fid=so&stype=&mnsqft=&mls=xmls&areaid=76038&poe=realtor&ct=Camden&st=AR&sbint=&vtsort=&sorttype=&typ=1&typ=2&typ=4&x=70&y=13&sid=0870066EA616C&pgnum=15&snumxlid=1079279317&lnksrc=00002" target="_blank">This one</a> is $240,000. I hate to see people having to pay so much for a decent house when there are such good deals near me.</div>
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I know, it literally makes me ill! But I have to remember that really I am paying that much for the land, not the house. Plus, my family lives here so I could never move away! And I love the climate, mountains and saltwater all so close together!
 
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