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    I think that building or having a local metal working company build a Franklin Stove for your permanent shelter would be great. If you are not familiar with how they work it goes like this.

    THe interior of the stove is a bit bigger than normal. In side you put a baffle system the looks like this http://www.answers.com/topic/franklin-stove this is built into the interior of the stvoe. Now the way it works is like this( if you dont follow the pic on the link).

    You build a fire as normal. It heats up the baffles in the back on the stove. The air in the baffle rises pulling the colder air from floor level into the baffle through the lower pipe. THe heated air is released into the room 3 to 4 feet about floor level. Or you could connect a pipe that went close to the ceiling. That way the hot air would push the cooler air lower and creat a strong circulation effect. The smoke from the wood is sucked out through the back of the stove in the normal way.

    You could even heat several room this way simply by connectingducts leading to the other rooms.

    I realize the pic sucks but combined with my explanation I think its fine.

  • #2
    yes the pic sucks but its an awsome idea
    the pack that plays together stays together

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    • #3
      At least I realized that the pic sucked :rolleyes:

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      • #4
        Man these stoves were really popular back in the 70's when the "fuel shortage" was going on. I installed HVAC back then ,and I'd wager that I installed in excess of 100 in a matter of a few months, several days we would do 3 installations. As I remember , they were pretty efficient. If they are still built the way they were back then I'd like to have one myself. But I may need someone to do the install, I'd venture to say that lifting those things all day may have had a little to do with screwing up my back.
        Every Day , Is A Bonus.

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        • #5
          My house has always been heated with wood for the primary. Backup, electric furnace. You know that what goes up the chimney has to be fed from somewhere, leaks around windows and doors etc. About twenty years ago I sawed a hole through the wall behind the wood stove. I put a 3 inch pipe through the wall directly into the stoves air intake. The results were dramatic and instant. No drafts. Less wood consumed. Put a screen over the outside to keep silly birds from nesting in the pipe.
          Those who would trade freedom for security will end up with neither.

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          • #6
            I am currently using a Fisher airtight wood stove. As soon as posssible I want to install an outdoor wood stove. No mess in the house and free hot waters for showers and dish washing.

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            • #7
              We used to have a Franklin Stove and they are awesome, however, I have moved on to Rocket stoves. They heat an entire house and put out less smoke than any other wood stove. Only draw back is they are hard to retrofit into a house. I got lucky and used alot of used fire bricks i was given. Just search the net for the rocket stove and see if it will work for you.

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              • #8
                Bought a Hearthstone soapstone stove (Heritage model) last year. LOVE IT!!! Keeps a fire for up to 14 hours on one loading. Radiates heat for a couple more than that. I load mine 3 times a day and the firebox isn't even all that big. Heats over 3000 sq. ft. Great stove.

                Dale

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                • #9
                  How do you folks deal with the smoke from a wood burning stove? My wife is asthmatic, and extremely sensitive to wood smoke. We cannot even have a wood burning fireplace. Had to switch to gas logs. Pretty, but not the same.

                  Does the stove generate as much smoke as a fireplace? We are really hesitant to commit to installing one if it will bring on an asthma attack.
                  The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

                  Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you are stupid, and make bad decisions.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Morgan101 View Post
                    How do you folks deal with the smoke from a wood burning stove? My wife is asthmatic, and extremely sensitive to wood smoke. We cannot even have a wood burning fireplace. Had to switch to gas logs. Pretty, but not the same.

                    Does the stove generate as much smoke as a fireplace? We are really hesitant to commit to installing one if it will bring on an asthma attack.
                    Morgan101, My wife and daughter have severe asthma and thats the reason I picked my stove. When the firebox is filled initally I don't have to open it again until there are nothing but embers in the stove. Use only well seasoned hardwood and make sure that your chimmney is well above the highest point of your roof. Stoves generate as much smoke as a fireplace but its contained in the stove. Good luck.

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                    • #11
                      There are a lot more efficient wood stoves out there than a franklin . I had a franklin and replaced it with a fisher wood stove . We get 3 times the heat for 20% of the wood that we use to use in the franklin . I built a small oven on top of mine so we could bake on it as well as a place to put pots to cook in . A great place to look for a good used stove is a local scrap yard . I was at mine this morning and they had 2 good franklins and 3 box stoves and two dozen others in varying conditions . Anyway I hope that helps . I am enclosing a photo of both the new and old stoves.
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                      The oven just uses the heat that would normally go up the stove pipe .
                      Last edited by countryboy6685; 06-06-2012, 10:54 AM.
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                      • #12
                        Thanks Dalewick. I will look into that brand.
                        The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

                        Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you are stupid, and make bad decisions.

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