Cantilever a stove/fireplace off the side of a house?
We are designing an 850 sq foot house plus loft for climate zone 4A, western nc, and will be trying to do a pretty good house, sealed and insulated all around, including underneath as it will be on piers on a sloped lot.
The area has experienced extended weather related power outages in the past, and so a non- electrical back-up heating source is needed as an adjunct to the ductless mini split we will be installing.
As we have a wooded lot, a wood stove seems to be the best option, but we don't really like the idea of the thermal problems with chimneys and backdrafts, etc. Also don't like the cost of good quality sealed stoves, or the possible lack of combustion air.
Has anyone ever built a fireburner of some sort in an adjacent chamber that could be opened to the living room only when needed? Like behind a sealed and insulated partition, perhaps similar to the old inglenooks, but one that could be shutoff from the house?
Does this sound totally wacky? Kind of like having our cake and eating it too?
We are highly capable DIYers and builders/ designers, and so could tackle any fabrication.
Posted May 3, 2014 1:43 PM ET
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