Monday, October 12, 2009

Wood stoves

I’ve been talking about soil, land and neighbors lately because I want to give you a background of how we got to where we are today (waiting to break ground any day!). But I need to revert to the future for just a moment. We will be heating our home with radiant heat, and supplementing with a wood stove. Wood is a renewable energy source that, when used effectively, is a first-rate fuel when compared to fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal which lead to global warming. (Here is an enlightening article if you’d like to do some further research.)

Though we haven’t started construction yet, we were recently told by our builder that we must choose which wood stove will heat our home. I couldn’t wait! We researched a bit and called around to local New England suppliers. Here’s what we narrowed it down to—the Jøtul F 3 CB, Morso 2110 or Vermont Castings Encore 1250 in RED!

Since our woodstove will be our main source of “entertainment”—we’re not having a T.V. for various reasons—I’m leaning towards the red Vermont Castings Encore. It’s striking, yet classic, and will hopefully stir some conversation.

It has a spark screen for open door fire viewing, a griddle for stovetop cooking (for use during power outages…or whenever!), and a HUGE plus—it boasts the lowest emissions in the wood stove industry! From the website:

We call it the EVERBURN System and it’s designed to deliver cleaner emissions and longer burn times, similar to a catalytic system. Our state-of-the-art design enables Defiant and Encore stoves to burn more steadily and longer on a single load of wood compared to other non-catalytic stoves.

We know two people who have this stove and love it. What do you think?


  1. Absolutely love the "red" stove! Like the way it looks...nice touch for any room.

  2. I love it. It's beautiful and I love that you aren't having a TV. With your view and that stove, you won't need one:-).

  3. Sooo, what I said earlier was that we had our first winter snow flurries of the season today, nothing serious but still made us feel nice and cozy with our little wood stove cranking away... not sure we will as cozy once the negative double digits start though!!!
    Hope you are both well, we are very excited that you will be joining us in New England soon :)

  4. Woohoo! I'm glad you all love the red as much as I do. It also heats a larger square footage than the other two, so we won't have to burn at full capacity.

    Oh, and Erik, don't didn't comment earlier! ;) We're super excited to move closer to you too!!

  5. Soooo
    1. I'm confused why in the world you wouldn't have a tv. And if you expect me to come and visit... you may have to make a special bike ride to the nearest store to pick me up one :)
    2. I like the second and third stoves the best! I probably like the third esp because of the color! Josh's parents have one of those in the main living room but looks more like the first option.
    Anywhoooo please keep putting up different problems/ideas with choosing the decor... I need some house to decorate since we're soooo slow on getting one!

  6. I would love to see someone carrying a TV on their bike- how funny! Oh, and nothing is as slow as building a home. Really. Nothing. So, hang in there!

  7. Mavis! Thank you for stopping by! I have been reading your blog for a month or so now and have so much inspiration to start a non-processed food lifestyle of my own...once we build the house...and a garden! Your humorous posts cheer up my day. :)