Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Woodstove Season Cometh...

Well I couldn't resist any longer. I had to get a wood fire going on this cold and damp Saturday. I had to take my old Vermont Castings Resolute out of service. It has a couple of cracks in the rear and left side refractories, and it's prone to over-firing. I took the opportunity to flirt with a little EPA approved number from Canadian Tire. It's made by Drolet, and the model is "PyroPak". It has some secondary combustion features, and claims to be 83% efficient. That's a number I'm highly suspicious of, but it was on sale for $100 off ($499). These EPA stoves claim to burn 25% less wood, we'll see :) So far, I'm pleased, except that the firebox is small, so I don't think it will last through the night. That means I'll be cutting much more kindling, or "splits" if you will. That's a trade-off I decided to live with, since most larger stoves produce too much heat. The large window in the door provides mucho ambiance, and the airwashing system actually works in keeping the glass clean...bonus !! See some actual views below...
 
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