Anyone have experience with a water stove?


JohnG
 Share

Recommended Posts

We are moving in the summer (NC, near Winston-Salem) and one house we like a lot has a water stove. I don’t know anyone personally that has had one so I don’t know much about what it’s like living with one. 

The house is on 20 acres, mostly wooded, so we should have a decent supply of wood available. I’ll also need to clear some space to build a shop, which will provide fuel or lumber, depending on the tree.

The house also has an electric water heater and electric heat pump. Current owners say they only use the water stove during the coldest months of the winter. 
 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Do you mean a separate boiler away from the house?   If so, a lot of people around here have them.    We were considering one, but the one thing that kept us from it was the required low stack, so there would sometimes be a lot of smoke down at house level.  I thought about ways to get around that, but the to-do list is just too long, as it is.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yeah, wood fired furnace away from the house that heats water. Hot water is pumped to the house for domestic hot water and through heating coils for the HVAC. 

Sounds like they are mostly/only used in more rural areas, partly because of the low stack like you mentioned. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If it's a fair distance towards the NE, away from the house, it shouldn't be too bad.  When we do get a wind from the NE, it's usually fairly strong, but most of the time, it's from the SW.  Also, it would be important that there are no taller things upwind from it, to make the smoke swirl when it comes back on the house.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Who's Online   1 Member, 0 Anonymous, 70 Guests (See full list)

  • Forum Statistics

    29.8k
    Total Topics
    404.4k
    Total Posts
  • Member Statistics

    22474
    Total Members
    3644
    Most Online
    desklog
    Newest Member
    desklog
    Joined