Wood Stoves and Warm Thoughts

November 10th, 2008

Time for a few chores once again.  With the temperatures much colder, the leaves are mostly gone from the trees now.  And I haven’t seen a bee outside its hive in days.  I decided to wrap the hives with some insulation for the winter.  They are first year bees in new hives, and I’m trying to help ensure they make it to March.

Nothing like a warm fire to start the day however.  I got up early to get a blazing fire going for everyone.  Sitting by the fire with a hot cup of coffee before the day begins…  Is there anything better?   The young boy wakes before school and runs to the fire to warm up too.  After breakfast I’m looking everywhere for him, trying to get him packed up- where is he?  Sitting by the fire reading the sunday funnies.

Warm fire in the wood stove

Also have an old wood stove that’s been in the barn for a couple of years and I’ve finally decided to get it set up.  The picture above is from our newer “clean-burning” wood stove.  You can have a roaring fire in the thing, but when you look at the chimney outside there’s hardly any smoke coming out at all. It’s called “non-catalytic” technology, and the heated air is recirculated to burn most of the hot gases and emissions using a method called “secondary combustion”.

The old stove in the barn is not as efficient as today’s catalytic or “reburner” woodstoves, and I’m sure it produces a little more smoke.  But we really like saving on energy costs and usage.  Heating with wood really helps as well as provides a more self-sufficient lifestyle.   Even though this older stove isn’t quite like the newer stoves, it’s in great shape and should work just fine.  I probably won’t use it that much, but I’ll be glad to have it.

So this weekend I finally managed to a) remove all the rust, and b) finish repainting the old wood stove.  Heck, the thing is a beast- close to 400 pounds and over 25 years old- not too far from the time I was going to those Mizzou football games with my Dad.  I still need to cut down 4-5 trees that have died over the last few years, so we have a lot of wood to use.

The stove is set on bricks on a concrete floor, and will be close to 4 feet from anything else.  It should provide enough warmth to help get those winter chores done inside the barn and shop, just enough to take the chill off.  It still looks fairly plain in this picture with some of the hardware removed, just after finishing with the “high-temperature” paint that comes in a can.

Repainting a wood stove

I guess it looks a lot better- it was pretty rusty before.  It’s made of cast iron and welded steel plate, and should last longer than most of us.  I’m looking forward to getting it going, and maybe I can finally clean up the work bench I’ve been putting off for a couple years :)  I’ll take another picture when it’s set up with the chimney and such… soon as we have another warm day or two!

3 Responses to “Wood Stoves and Warm Thoughts”

  1. Nothing like a wood fire to warm you up in the morning. I hope to have one of those tucked away in a shop someday when I have a shop. That is if they haven’t all been sold for scrap with the high prices or the recent year.

  2. My dad put a couple of furnace type inserts in our fireplaces, initially to save costs caused by chimney drafts. As it turned out, two fireplaces kept the house pretty toasty in the winter and decreased our propane usage by about two thirds or more. I think he’d only burn up about a cord per winter, so they’re not not inefficient.


  3. Yes, I found this one at a dealer who had it as a trade-in. See a few in craigslist also. But it helps us offset propane and electric usage immensely.

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