I forged my way across the Great Divide into Connecticut once again, third time in three days, to get myself to Wilton. No easy trick from Bedford. It means going over hill and dale, up Route 22 to Route 35 to Ridgefield to 102 to Route 7 then slam on the brakes while turning left fast when you see the store and scare the pants off the guy behind you who wasn’t paying attention!!
All this to check out wood stoves at Yankee Doodle. It wasn’t exactly a Dandy outing.
The Goal: to lessen our oil consumption this winter and with five fireplaces in this old house, we figure one of them would be conducive for a wood stove.
Apparently not. What I heard:
Regulations. Code. Remove mantle. Regulations. Code. Regulations. Code. Hearth too small. Move the furniture. A Thousand $ for this. A Thousand $ for that. Permit from town. Must pass Code.
Our choices were built-in or stand alone. But without spending a fortune to extend the hearth to code length, remove the mantles for code, or take out all the furniture in the room, it doesn’t look like it will happen.
I was taken aback at the price tags. The larger green Jøtul was $2999.00, less tax, dealer prep, and undercoating! 🙂 The extras made the price hover around $5000.00 so comes the debate, how much do we REALLY want to lessen our burden on oil? $5000 is more than we’d spend to heat the house this winter and we’d still have to have some heat, especially when away so if it were based on the bottom line, a wood stove does not make financial sense.
We’ve survived (but did not flourish) winters in the Rhode Island house using nothing but a wood stove but it required constant attention and stoking, not to mention non-stop worry that one errant spark would take the 165-year old house down to kindling! Plus, we were young then!
Later this week I’ll go to Pound Ridge and check out the stoves at Wittus. From their website, I don’t think their designs and our house work, but I don’t want to be silly and not check them out. My guess: their cheapest stove starts at $5000.
Anyone wanting to share their own experiences, please do so.
UPDATE: Reader Jane emailed me this photo of a home with the Jotul under a mantle and on a hearth that seems normal size. Could it be for the photo shoot or was I being given a regulation Bill of Goods?
PS: In case you saw the headline and thought, oh boy, EOS is going to Yodel for us, enjoy…it’s really hysterical, and incredible!!