David,windyhill4.2 wrote:16 degrees here this morning,wishing we had a coal stove in the house,with these temp's & strong !! winds,OWB will eat lots of wood per hr.,homemade jam on homemade bread eaten near a hot coal stove - doesn't get any better. Wife & I were discussing coal cook stove + heating last nite,unsure if we want to go with cook stove and hope to be able to heat 1200 sq.ft.,poorly insulated with crappy windows,OR go with a handfed stove with a flat top that could do some cooking on top.I've tried to calculate the BTU's on cook stove,seems neither of your stoves are putting out more than 60,000 BTU's per hour which would seem low to marginal at best. We don't mind tending more often if that would work,and not over heat the stove. David
I did not know that you were going to try to use the cook stove as your only source of heat, I thought it was to supplement. I do know that some people use a cook stove for their main source of heat and I am sure it would do a fine job 90% of the time. You might have to use the OWB during the coldest times of the winter. A lot of how effective the cook stove will be is how your house is laid out. Is your kitchen centrally located in the house? How well will you be able to move the heat around the house is a major factor to consider. If I were making this decision, I would make it by looking at a cook stove to be a supplemental heat source, not a primary one. Of course, taking all of the a fore mentioned factors of air movement.