Texan wrote:Most of the heat from our fireplace goes out the chimney. What we need is a wood burning stove. Many of those are 85-90% efficient. My inlaws used to have to open windows when their stove was burning.
Absolutely right. We have a Lopi woodstove. It has a ceramic transparent window in the door, so you can enjoy the sight of the fire, and boy, oh boy, does it ever heat the place. I have to manage the rate of burn so as to not overheat the house, even when the outside temps are in the 20s. I can load it up with wood before bed, shut down the draft to a trickle, and it will heat the house all night. Lopi is a great choice if you're interested in getting one.
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Yep slow combustion wood-burners are excellent. Best only to use DRY wood though.
The chimney-pipe cokes up otherwise.
I've had one for a couple of decades, and in the Winter..? with the fire going, even damped-down by using the flue-control thing,
I often find myself in very little clothing. ( Mind you, I have a very small house)
AND, I do live in Queensland, which is known as the Sunshine State. But I also live a bit away from the Coast, and Inland temps where I live have gone down as low as -6 C . It doesn't happen often, but close to, or on zero is not uncommon, for a month or so.
Umm ,, with combustion stoves like the one shown, which is practically identical to mine, I advise to always have an old kettle full of water on the back.. just to keep moisture in the air. otherwise it can become terribly dry, and boy, My sinuses don't like it. So yeah.. my fireplace is also useful for cooking on. It has a broad flat top that is just perfect for winter foods.
A good investment, as I can often even supply wood from my own property. Even if it is mainly kindling.
I leave most of the fallen wood, and trees, where they land. Dead trees are UNTOUCHABLE on my land... extremely important habitat.. I'll take some, but not much, of the slighter bigger stuff, especially if it is in my house yard... everything else that falls is left there.