Many of our readers are dreaming of building a small, efficient, sustainable home that requires some sort of heating. A wood-fired cookstove is a good multi-functional option for heating, cooking and water heating. You may be able to save money by buying a smaller cookstove. Or consider a used stove of good quality because they can last for many decades. Lehman’s cookstoves seem to be popular. From their website: “nearly one out of every two households in Ireland uses a Waterford stove. Proven in over 100 years of continuous use.” The Waterford Stanley model shown above is $5,895 plus $295 for the waterjacket for heating hot water.
Here’s what Cliff, one of our readers has to say:
“Getting the right stove for the job is based on want versus need. People often look to aesthetics and not function (form over function) as a deciding factor. Knowing how many kilowatts of heat you need will help make a short list of appropriately sized cookstoves. Then pick one from the list.
I did some research on wood cookstoves a while back. Here is some of what I found. I looked mostly in New Zealand and Australia. The freight from the USA is just too expensive.
From NZ: If you want to see what I would really like, take a look at Homewood Stoves. It’s $8,348 US $, low tech but built like a brick.
This is the smallest I know of but it is intended for a caravan (travel trailer).
Little Cracker Mobile Home Heat
Shacklock’s can be 100 years old and used to burn coal. A wetback is used to heat water.