Thechap wrote:Decided not to use the stove. Anyone in the market for a new cheaply made stove? Thanks for everyones input!!
Good choice. If you want to burn up all that wood you split you can find a lot of used wood stoves out there that are well made and will burn safely. The UL label on the stove is a must. I'm sure the stove you bought is UL listed, but the safer the better.
The chimney is very important when burning wood due to higher temperatures and creosote build-up.
There's no reason you can not do this project, but just do it right the first time and you can go to sleep at night not worrying about something bad happening.
I looked at some of the stoves at the Home Depot, made by New England Stove Works and I was not impressed. I'm sure you can't get a lot of good information there either. The best place to buy a new stove is from the independent dealers, even then it's a toss-up about knowledge regarding the products.