Woodstock Soapstone woodstove, made of cast iron and soapstone.
It has a double paned ceramic glass "airwash" window in front for soot free fire watching.
It is side loading.
Soapstone is commonly used for kitchen countertops and sinks, because it is stain resistant. It's also used in woodstoves and fireplaces because of it's ability to absorb and distribute heat evenly. It has natural heat retention, which means it can radiate heat even after the fire has gone out.
This stove is also equipped with a catalytic combustor ...
... which burns particulate emissions from the wood, as well as exhaust gases such as carbon monoxide, methane, benzene, etc. Besides the environmental benefit of this, the catalytic combustor converts these to heat energy, increasing the stove's heating efficiency. A load of wood typically will burn for ten to twelve hours, meaning they only need to be loaded about twice a day! An added bonus is that with an EPA emission rating of only 1.3 grams/hour, these stoves qualify for an energy tax credit.
I also ordered a cooktop for it. This is an extra piece of soapstone which fits on top of the stove. You can see mine on the right. It cuts the temperature on top by approximately half, making it possible to cook directly on top of the stove.
We were fortunate to get this stove during a clearance sale, and also got a big shipping discount. This is our primary heat source, so the investment was worth it to us. It is replacing this....
... an oil burning furnace which neither of us likes the idea nor the smell of. And especially not it's using oil. It is combined with the AC unit, which we did use some this past summer.
The woodstove should heat most of the house, except perhaps the addition at the very back of the house (see floorplan). However, we are contemplating making that back room (currently the office) into a larger food storage area instead, which will benefit from cooler temperatures. Both bathrooms however, will probably require consideration for supplemental heat at times.
To see the living room "before," as well as a photo journal of how we got from there to here, you can check out the following links:
- Bad News About The Fireplace - why did it & before photo
- Removing The Chimney - 1st post in that series
- The New Hearth - 1st post in that series
- Completing The Alcove - the 1st post in that series starts here
- Put moulding on the very bottom to cover the concrete slab under the bricks. We decided to wait until after we refinished the living room floor to do that.
- Fill in the "cracks" between the top row of bricks and cement board, and the bricks and moulding on the side.
- Paint the living room walls and all moulding.
- Sand and refinish the hardwood floor.
- We also need to cure the stove, which we will do this weekend when the temperature dips
As you can well imagine, getting to this point is quite a relief.