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    So here's the situation, we are living FT at or BOL. We have been heating with a wood stove that is located in our walkout basement. I had the chimney guy come out today to clean and ensure the setup was okay. Unfortunately, he had some bad news. The space where the wood stove is located is too small.....or the stove is too big. The area is about 49"x49". Most regs state there should be about 36" clearance on the sides and back of the stove. This can be reduced by about 33% by installing fireboard, which I did last fall. Unfortunately, there is still not enough clearance. The way the chimney is setup and type of chimney is incorrect as well (I kinda thought so). So, he says we need a smaller wood stove....Okay, I look and see that even with the tiny wood stoves I will not have enough clearance. There is no other place to put a wood stove and expanding the downstairs outward is not feasable. The only option I see is a pellet stove. From what I read, they require significantly less clearance and run on electricity where the hopper feeds the stove, reducing the constant stoking of the fire. BUT, if you have a power outage you are screwed. But, we are getting a generator so we are not so screwed. Then, in a shtf situation there may not be pellets....screwed again. Not sure what to do. If we can manage to get a standard wood stove, we have enough wood on our land to keeps us warm for over a decade. Any thoughts out there?
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    If you can survive on your own wood for a decade, that is way I would go. Investigate installing one of those outside burners. If you are handy and imaginative, I'm sure you can make it work without a lot of outside help

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    What is the idea behind the 36" clearance rule?
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    I'd keep the old stove (standby), get a new WOOD stove, and laugh at the fools who lack power or pellets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Militant_Medic View Post
    What is the idea behind the 36" clearance rule?
    Aside from the NFPA regs, the general idea is that the heat radiating off the wood stove heats up the surrounding walls which could potentially cause a fire. The fireboard I have up on the walls gets too hot to touch. As a former firefighter I would be ashamed if my house burned down because I was stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidel. MD View Post
    I'd keep the old stove (standby), get a new WOOD stove, and laugh at the fools who lack power or pellets.

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    Used to work part time at a farm supply store, we got people constantly trying to return pellet stove after pellet stove within a month of buying. It was either they hated it or it never fed correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman1 View Post
    Used to work part time at a farm supply store, we got people constantly trying to return pellet stove after pellet stove within a month of buying. It was either they hated it or it never fed correctly.
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    Very good info. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinetopfirefighter View Post
    Aside from the NFPA regs, the general idea is that the heat radiating off the wood stove heats up the surrounding walls which could potentially cause a fire. The fireboard I have up on the walls gets too hot to touch. As a former firefighter I would be ashamed if my house burned down because I was stupid.
    So it's to costly to widen the room but could you tear out the walls and replace them with cement or stone or some other inflammable material. If the walls can't burn it won't matter how hot they get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Militant_Medic View Post
    So it's to costly to widen the room but could you tear out the walls and replace them with cement or stone or some other inflammable material. If the walls can't burn it won't matter how hot they get.
    That would make a nice heat sink too, to even out the temp swings.

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