stove advice & house planning
- Josée wrote:
> Hi, John! This is the information I got from John Wood at Jade Mountain:Boy, you really got the hard sell from Jade. I infer from what he says that
the Thermo-Control is 25 year old technology. Considering the incredible
evolution of wood burning in the 25 years I have been involved, that is not
something I would invest in. I remain skeptical about all the claims. My
attitude remains: if it is not EPA certified, it will not have a competent
combustion system, no matter how much hype is provided. My advice, for what
it is worth, is to select a product that is EPA certified, buy it from a
mainstream manufacturer and a dealer who can support the product.
> What's it like living in a 24' X 24' house? WHERE DID YOU PUT YOURWe love our little house and have been living in it for 11 years. The
> STAIRS???? DO YOU HAVE A POST/COLUMN SOMEWHERE OR IS IT ALL OPEN?
stairwell goes up the centre and provides structural support for ceilings.
There was, however, some tricky framing to support the
livingroom/kitchen/dining room ceiling without needing a dropped beam. I
didn't do it, my clever builder did. The house has a full basement plus 2
1/2 stories. The foot of all the staircases (3) in the house are butted up
against an outside wall and have either a small landing or sweep at the
bottom to reduce their length. Plus the stairs are steeper than stairs in
houses with bigger floor plans. It is a delicate balance, but it seems
fine. I go up and down these stairs many times a day since I work on the
third floor, and I never find them too steep. Maybe I will when I'm
Our medium-sized EPA certified non-catalytic stove does a good job of
heating the house. We heat in the coldest weather with hardwood, but I'm
sure I could heat the place with Poplar, but it might mean loading it more
often in very cold weather.
> You should hold off disconnecting yourself from the grid as theyYes, I'm aware of that, thanks. My plan to go off grid is partly
> will likely
> be forced to allow net metering and you could sell your excess
> power back to
> them and recover some of that capital investment. Power companies
> will have
> to do this soon with the lobby forces in place and they will realize it's
> just good P.R. once everybody starts allowing it. If you get a Trace SW
> series inverter, you will be all ready to go. They also make the little
> microsine inverters that mount directly onto the modules and
> voila, you are
> generating AC - you can put two 50W modules on one Microsine.
metaphorical and partly political. Mainly, I want to disentangle myself, to
the extent possible, from the corruption of centralized corporate energy
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