Pot Belly Stove

Wood stove... pot belly Vs. Pellet Stove?

First off, im looking for info on Wood stoves. I have an old Pot Belly from a train, its in great shape and just needs to be installed, well, the piping for the chimney, stove pipe and all that needs to be done. before i invest any $$$ into this (got the stove for free) Im wondering if i should buy a newr stove, either regular wood or pellet stove? Mony wise, lets just say i have little to spend.. either enough to get this stove going or to get a small, inexpensive pellet stove.. My house is aboout 1700 Sq foot, oil heat, radiant. im hopeing a wood stovewould make it so i dont have to turn the heat up past 60 or 55 while the stove is on. other than that id like to go past 60 on the thermostat just for showers..for hot water as i dont have a HW tank and rely on the 100 Gal. coil in the furnace.

will the Pot belly suffice or will /is it too inefficiant for home heating? the whole first floor 9where the stove is) is an open floor plan so im confident the first floor will heat nicley.

I would definitely go with an EPA approved wood stove and ditch the potbelly. The EPA stove burns less wood, generates more heat and it emits less smoke. I would either look for a new cheaper Englander model (they are ugly but built like a tank) or a post 1990 used stove in great condition. Invest in a chainsaw, a sledgehammer and wedge and scrounge around for free wood which isn't that hard to do for a fast payback period.

In looking for a stove model I would go with the model one size larger than what is the maximum area it heats so it can handle very cold periods easily and you don't have to constantly burn it at its maximum potential which over time may warp the components of the stove. Also it will let you use the low BTU junk woods more effectively.

Hearth.com has reviews on particular stove models and a great website for particular questions.

The drawback to a wood stove besides the effort is the dust it causes.

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