Wasn’t able to do a post everyday because of a three day hunting trip. It was great getting out and away from everything. A friend of mine and I went stayed at some property my family owns. The whole place is 290 acres without much in the way of creature comforts which is nice in many ways. We stayed in a little cabin that has been getting fixed up.
Living this way would bring the idea of homesteading back to the way it used to be! The cabin wasn’t much other than a place to sleep, eat, and cook. It was one room with no power or plumbing. The people that use it the most have a generator to hook up but we didn’t use one, there is a spring behind me not seen in the picture. The blue jug sitting on the left of the porch is our water with the sink under it. While there it did get down below freezing and the first day we were there we left the front door open so it could warm up inside.
There is a wood burning stove inside for heating and possibly cooking. I meant to take a picture of it but forgot because my friends truck had fuel problems when we went to leave so I got distracted. The point of this post however is wood burning stoves.
I’m not an expert when it comes to wood burning stoves by any means, I know all stoves are not equal. I was at a house quite a bit several years ago that used a wood burning stove for its only heat, that stove was pretty small but heated pretty well. I use my stove as our primary heat when we are home but do have central heat and air for back up when we are out of town or the temperature is above 40 degrees.
Below is the stove I have in my house.
Honestly I’m not sure who made it, it was given to me by a friend for payment helping him move. This stove has vents on the left and right for air control, it does not have a damper. Normally the room the stove in is around 80 degrees and the hall thermostat reads 75 degrees when it is below freezing outside, unless it is close to 0 degrees outside there is normally still a good bed of coals in it in the morning. My house is about 1800 square feet and this little stove heats it well. I want to get a bigger one, at one place I worked the owner had a stove that would burn for 3 days without being touched. My plan was to put this stove in the shop when it is finished and put a bigger one in the house.
The caution here is that not all stoves work as well as others, mine works very well, the stove in the cabin did not. Sure it kept us from freezing but as small as that cabin was I thought we would have to sleep with the door open but that was not the case at all. I did adjust the damper down but it didn’t work near as well as controlling air flow coming into the stove. The cabin wood burning stove does not have air control for input just output.
My parents wood stove doesn’t work very well either, I do think part of that problem is that the stove pipe goes straight into masonry behind the stove instead of coming up and in as mine does.
Again I’m not an expert on wood stoves but if I was buying one I would really do the research into how good it is, I was under the impression earlier that any wood stove would work pretty well but now I question that belief.
It did take me a while to become efficient with my stove so that could be the secret, learning your stove and how it works best, regardless do the research before buying one.