I heat my 1800 sq. foot home with a barrel stove

by Dwayne
(drums,pa. U.S.A.)


No story... lol it works better than a cast iron stove I had. I clean the chimney and pipe every 3 weeks.


It does eat wood too;we get about a 10 hour burn from about 6 30'' logs@10'' round, oak or wild cherry, average temperature is around 30 degs.

Hi Dwayne, that looks like a very neat set up with the double drum arrangement - they can work well for getting extra heat out of the flue gases.

I'm concerned that you need to clean the flue every 3 weeks - that sounds like you have major creosote build up problems, so something in the way you are operating your setup isn't working well. It also sounds like you are burning in 10 hours what we burn in 48 or so!


  • How much soot do you find when you clean your system out?

  • Is your firewood properly seasoned - "green" wood burns at a much cooler temperature and the moisture causes partial combustion and encourages condensation on the pipes as it cools. For reference, we intend to leave our oak for 2 years cut, split and stacked, before trying to burn it.

  • Are your flue gases clean - if you look at the chimney do you see a white cloud of steam or a dark cloud of soot and unburnt gases? - if it is the latter you might need more secondary air in your upper barrel and/or drier wood



Thanks again for your post... I'd love to hear a bit more about how you actually operate this setup, as feedback from people actually using them is rather thin on the ground!

All the best

Mike

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Jan 21, 2012
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my barrel stove
by: dwayne

hi mike, i clean my chimney and pipes every 3 weeks just for peice of mind... i only get a small amount of soot/ashes out of the pipes&chimney and barrels.i'm getting white steam as you call it out the top of my chimney and my wood as aged to perfiction like a fine bottle of vino,lol its at least 2 seasons dried and i only cut down dead or standing wood.i mostly burn the stove hot to prevent any sort of buildup. thanks for your concern, dwayne

Nov 23, 2015
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Sotz NEW
by: Jim

Are you still using your Sotz? I've recently bought a nos one and am thinking about putting in my basement. Its unfinished so not much fire hazard there. I'm not sure I have the confidence to put it in the living area. I do want to use it, though. I mainly heat with wood pellets and would use the Sotz for power outages. The chimney liner is all I'm waiting for now then I should be in business.

Nov 27, 2015
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sotz NEW
by: Anonymousdwayne

nov-27,2015 I'm still heating the whole house with my barrel stove added a outside air pipe to the fire barrel ill try to post picts. thanks

Jan 23, 2016
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wood stove cleaning NEW
by: Anonymous

I never had to clean my sotz stove every 3 weeks, checked every couple of months, never had much of any creasote, good dry wood is the key

Jan 25, 2016
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Barrell stove NEW
by: Dwayne

Still works great, since I've added the fresh outside air intake I can adjust the burn a lot better. Only getting a coffee can of soot when I clean pipes barrells and chimney.

Jan 25, 2016
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Barrell stove NEW
by: Dwayne

Still works great, since I've added the fresh outside air intake I can adjust the burn a lot better. Only getting a coffee can of soot when I clean pipes barrells and chimney.

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