Total neophyte here! My wife and I recently inherited the above mentioned stove (tall and cylindrical) and, while it appears to be in pretty good condition (hasn't been used in a long time...not even hooked up to a chimney), I'm wondering if it's worth keeping. Would GREATLY appreciate your thoughts!
Factors to consider for my application:
-- Does it burn wood? If so does it do it well (compared to coal or compared to other wood stoves)? I have a 34 x 40 pole barn that's uninsulated that I'd like to warm up once in a while when we're there in the winter (say, one weekend a month Jan-March, and it's in central VA, so not horribly cold). I have an endless supply of cut wood--most of it crappy pine, but still endless and free--so want to use that for fuel.
--If "No problem" to the above question, what sort of precautions should I take to protect the walls, furniture, etc., so the whole place doesn't go up in flames once we get it going? i.e. How far away from walls and furnature should it be? At what distance should I line a wall with brick?
--Any problems or issues with burning wood in it that I should know about, in terms of getting it going and keeping it warm through the night?
--the roof is 24' at the peak. Does the smoke pipe need to go straight up and stick up HIGHER than the top of the peak for proper and safe ventilation? or can I put an elbow in it and run it out the side wall? What type of smoke pipe do you recommend? (If it matters, ventilation is NOT a problem.)