Author Topic: Heating a small space with wood (and losing as litte floor space as possible)  (Read 2087 times)

sieben

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Hey everyone,

I've got a problem that I'm hoping someone on here has a whole lot more experience with then I do! :)

I have a little cabin (300 sq/ft) up here in Saskatchewan Canada.
I absolutely love it up there, and spend more or less every weekend exploring the forest or working in my yard between April and November.
It is insulated reasonably well but I currently only have a rather decripit old heater to keep it warm.
This isn't a big deal during the summer but I'd love to spend more time up there during the winter.
There's great snowshoeing nearby and my neighbours build a rink out on the lake :)

I'd love to put a wood fireplace into the cabin. I've got easy access to wood and I love reading by a fire.
I'm wondering if anyone here has any experience dealing with any really small stoves? Most of the ones at local stores seem to be geared for much bigger places then  what I'm trying to heat.
There seem to be some really small stoves geared towards tiny houses as well. Anyone had any luck with those?

If I can find a reasonably sized stove I may even be able to take it out for the summer (when my place is full of kids and family) and just have it installed over the winter months.

Finally does anyone know if a zero-clearance fire place is an option? This may be a crazy idea, but I was wondering if it would be possible to put one in my exterior wall (building out the cabin around it) so that I don't lose any floor space at all. I had someone mention this as an option, but I'm not 100% I believe them.

Basically.... if you've heated a small space with wood I'd love to hear how you did it, what products you used, and if you have any advice for me.

Thanks so much! 

LovinPSDs

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https://www.unforgettablefirellc.com/kimberly-wood-stove/

These are suppose to be the cats meow, but no personal experience with them.  If anything it gives you something to research, but word on the street is they are the best.

LovinPSDs

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Follow up.. just found this page with some neat options

https://tinylifesupply.com/wood-stoves

PMG

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Not an expert, but Id dig into Scandinavian designs.  They seem to have a corner on small and warm.  Ive seen some that are built into the home and use minimal wood, relying on radiant heat, but also tall tubular units that look very modern and sleek.

Edit to add:  quick google search:  https://www.contura.eu/english/.

Also, just remembered old friends who had a water/radiator system in their house and when the boiler system broke they somehow replaced it with a wood stove in an outbuilding, piping the hot water underground and into the heat system.
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sieben

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Hey LovinPSDs,

Those Kimberly's look awesome. Unfortunately they look like they cost about 1/5 of what my cabin is worth! :p

The TinyLifeSupply ones look super neat. Their smallest stove looks like it only requires a clearance of 2.5" with a heat shield which pretty great.
I'll have to check with my insurer to find out if the fact they don't have any certifications would cause any issues.


PMG, those stoves are super classy, and I love how little space they take. They may also be a bit too fancy for my little, rustic cabin :)
I've looked at some of the outdoor heating options. They aren't always the most efficient, but they sure do save space.
I think I'd most likely just stick to a few electric heaters if I was going to go down that route for now.

Thanks for the ideas!

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Do you really want a wood stove or would you consider a fireplace?  My childhood home was wood heated and one of our heat sources was a Rumford fireplace, which might fit your space well.

sieben

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Do you really want a wood stove or would you consider a fireplace?  My childhood home was wood heated and one of our heat sources was a Rumford fireplace, which might fit your space well.

Hey thanks for the idea, those look neat. I'm not set on a stove, all I'm really looking for is something that would let me have a fire. I'll have to do some more reading to see how much space this may take. :)

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We have a Morso -- https://morsoe.com/us/ -- possibly a 3440?  It generates good heat and requires very little space, and is generally pleasant and nice to use (and clearly they have much smaller/cooler and probably more expensive options, as well).  The only thing I don't like about it is that to fit in it, the logs have to be pretty small/short; we buy firewood locally (no interest in prepping our own) and rarely find it short enough.  Also, I don't see prices on the website, but my recollection is it was not cheap.

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Have you thought about a masonry stove?  I lived in a small apartment heated by one, and absolutely loved it.  They are expensive if you buy new, but it's possible to DIY them.  https://insteading.com/blog/masonry-heater/