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Hi. I am writing you from Little Rock where we just lost power during the winter storm - on day 4 without power. Cold house. We have a wood-burning fireplace, but it did not heat our home well at all. I am investigating options for the future, in c
Posted by Elite Deals - Chris M. on 28 October 2013 12:43 PM

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Your best option will likely be in the free-standing stove or wood burning insert. Both units are closed combustion appliances, which make much better use of their fuel supply and generate much more heat. The large amount of dilution air that is pulled up the chimney of a wood burning fireplace can make them very inefficient. Even when electricity is not available to run the blower on the stove or insert, the unit can still be burned and will generate a large amount of radiant heat. It is possible to use a device such as an Ecofan with a free-standing stove. Ecofans use the rising heat from the wood stove to power a built in thermal motor. This would allow additional circulation in the event of a power outage.

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Hi. I am writing you from Little Rock where we just lost power during the winter storm - on day 4 without power. Cold house. We have a wood-burning fireplace, but it did not heat our home well at all. I am investigating options for the future, in case anything like this happens again, and would like your perspective: 1) Greatwalloffire - V-shaped wood grate w/ reflector back 2) Inserts - with and without blowers; concerned about blowers needing electricity and would an insert work without the blower? 3) free-standing pot-belly stove that could vent up fireplace. Your thoughts? Pete

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