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Jafo 04-10-2015 01:27 PM

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Today I ordered an Idea Steel wood stove from the Woodstock Soapstone Company out of New Hampshire. I am going to use this to replace my old stove in the yurt.

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The old one was fine as it could heat the entire yurt even at -20F. However, you had to load it every 2-3 hours and that really cramped my sleeping style. I thought this would be a good opportunity to not only improve the yurt, but to review the stove for permanent yurt dwellers looking for better heating solutions. The stove boasts 12-14 hours burn times, with the a record 82% EPA tested efficiency.

I got "the works" package which includes:
  • Ash pan and grate
  • Soapstone liner
  • Soapstone side panels
  • Custom sides (white tail deer design) andirons and cooktop
I also added an outdoor air kit and rear heat shield. I chose charcoal colors.

If this stove delivers on its promises, it could be a real game changer for heating yurts, especially due to its affordability and green features.

It is estimated to arrive by the end of next week or maybe early the following week. Will keep you all posted!

Bob Rowlands 04-10-2015 06:24 PM

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Sounds to me like you are getting the 'holy grail' of stoves. I'll be looking forward to your comments about the stove down the road. Thanks for giving us the info.

mama23 04-11-2015 12:46 PM

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I can't wait to hear about it once it is all up & running. we are starting our search in earnest soon.

Jafo 04-16-2015 05:38 PM

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It arrived at my friends warehouse today, will take it up to the yurt tomorrow. I stopped by to look it over. It is all crated up and the manifest says it weighs in at 740lbs all together.. Oof.. I better pick up a spare spine for this project. :)

Bob Rowlands 04-17-2015 08:20 AM

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Mass is good in wood stoves. The lightweight little 'builder grade' wood stove so commonly installed in homes over the last three decades is essentially worthless. There's one in our condo. It's total junk.

Old school masonry fireplaces may not be as efficient as a good well designed modern wood stove, but the thermal mass of all that masonry around the firebox really holds a fire. My parents built a house in 1964 that had a full one storey masonry fireplace. $500 option on a $13,000 rancher. lol Of course non union labor wages back then were ~$1 an hour.

hierony 04-17-2015 09:52 AM

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I'll be curious how this stove turns out. It seems like a lot of wood stoves you basically burn out the volatiles until charcoal remains then restrict the airflow so the charcoal burns slowly, getting you something like 6-10 hrs 'burn'.

Unforunately, most metals (unless you're using refractory metals like tungsten, molybdenum, or titanium) can't take the temp of a hot, clean burning fire--you need good ceramic. A lot of stoves seem to use fire bricks in the main chamber, but you'd probably need the entire fire box made out of mortared bricks before getting truely effective. And then, like Bob said, you have the issue of little thermal mass. It seems a few wood stoves use a veneer layer of soapstone to help a little there, but I don't know how effective it actually is. Have you ever looked at wood stoves/heaters like this? Little more expensive though...

Bob, were you talking about an open fireplace built out of masonry? Or more of a closed masonry heater that takes a short, hot fire once or twice a day and radiates the heat? $500 sounds nice for such a beast until inflation says it'd be ~$3.8k today :p

Bob Rowlands 04-17-2015 08:20 PM

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I was describing a common old school masonry fireplace. Many houses that predate about 1970 had that type of fireplace.

I know of the masonry fireplace you are refering to. A butt load of mass heated with a fast hot fire. Then the masonry radiates the heat for some time without needing additional fire. Dinners here gotta go.

Jafo 04-18-2015 11:47 PM

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Well this stove is lined with soap stone and it was a bear to get in here. I took as much off of it as I could and it still weighed about 600 pounds. We got it inside and it is still sitting here, strapped to the hand-truck. I just finished laying the tile for the new hearth and have to grout tomorrow. When I get back home I will add pics.

My main excitement about this stove is the 12-14 hour burn time. If this is even remotely true, it will be a life saver for many a yurt owner. Not to mention the 1.04 gram emissions makes it a VERY green stove, in fact, the greenest wood stove going.

Anyway, more later when I get home. :)

Jafo 04-19-2015 06:16 PM

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Ok, well here are some pics. This is my truck after I had the stove put on it with a fork lift. It was a small one so couldn't get the stove all the way to the front of the bed.

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Decided to box it in the truck so I could take parts off and make it lighter. 700+ pounds up some planks is risky.

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Jafo 04-19-2015 06:18 PM

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Here are all the pieces and parts I took off. It had to lighten the load by over 100 pounds, but not sure exactly. Anything I could do to make it lighter, was done with the exception of taking out the soapstone. The manufacturer said it might be hard to get them out and back in in the right order.

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