I went to the Alaska Home Builders Association spring Home and Garden show this last weekend. My friend stopped at remodeling contractor’s booths for info on a future kitchen remodel, while I talked to folks about building and heating a remote cabin.
I really amused one gentleman who sells wood stoves and fireplaces. I described the little cast-iron pot belly stove that we currently have and he was so tickled by its antiquity that he had trouble going into his sales pitch! Apparently those have not been made since long before he got into the business. He called it a museum piece several times in the course of our ten-minute conversation.
At any rate, we finally got down to brass tacks and talked about BTU’s and blowers that operate without electricity and weights and measurements. There doesn’t seem to be anything on the market quite as petite or charming as our Fatso, but the efficiency of the newer units is going to be very welcome. No more roasting of the guests! Larger pieces of wood will fit in them and will burn slower depending on what setting I use.
Also they all come with glass doors now, so there will be light and a pleasant aesthetic factor as well. Weight is comparable between the new units and the Fatso. The lightest was 300 lbs and promises to be a chore to get over the lake. Sounds like a snowmachine project for my brother! (and a couple of brawny friends to get it up the hill and through the door!)
Costs start at around $1800 and go up to whatever you want to spend. Things like this keep chipping away at my savings plan for the new construction…sigh.
I guess I’ll have to stick with the Fatso in the current Cabin and wait to purchase a stove until I have a new cabin in which to install it.