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Lil' House outdoor wood burning heater. ??
« on: October 16, 2006, 09:13:32 AM »
Anyone out there got a Lil' House outdoor wood burning heater?  We're looking at one.  They're pretty low tech but the price is attractive. ;)


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Re: Lil' House outdoor wood burning heater. ??
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2006, 10:16:14 AM »
I don't have one, but have had that guys site bookmarked for 3-4 years. Every year about this time I go back and think about it, never bought one. I like the fact it sets outside, no dragging wood in. But like you said it is low tech, you have to manually adjust the damper to control the fire (I can see the windows in the house open if he leaves it wide open or if he doesn't have it open enough it will be too cool and all that jazz until a guy gets the hang of it). And there is no ash drawer, you have to scoop the ashes out of the firebox. It is around $1000 cheaper than most outside warm air units.

If a guy has room beside his existing furnace (or at least access to the ductwork) and wants to burn wood I think these are the way to go http://www.vogelzang.com/NorsemanFurnaces.htm . There about $1000 to start for the smaller one (for 1500 ft2) and just tie into your houses ductwork. Or they can be used as the primary single furnace. They do have temp control setting for the damper and give more btu. But it is inside, for me with the basement dragging wood downstairs is no good. We are looking at other houses, I am keeping this furnace in mind while we look. If I can find a ranch with the furnace in the garage I will have one for sure.
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Re: Lil' House outdoor wood burning heater. ??
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2006, 01:46:19 PM »
the video was interesting to watch.
and I gotta say I like the price.

sounds like a real good low tec solution to heating your house.
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Re: Lil' House outdoor wood burning heater. ??
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2006, 02:31:08 PM »
I thing it would be better to run the heat into your main furnance if you have one. Seems to me that the room were the heat comes in would be pretty warm compare to the rest of the house. I also wonder how  well it works with the chimney so close to the structure if you don't bring it up above the roof line.

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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2006, 02:53:45 PM »
Bibby
How would you plan to run it into your house?
Or do you have other plans for it, like around the mill?

I just bought a Sun-Twin infrared heater for our great room, and initial tests using it are pretty impressive. I may lose my skepticism about it, if this keeps up.  :)  If it doesn't work out, I have 60 day to send it back.  Dear wife heard about it from Paul Harvey - the rest of the story.

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Very even heat, but time will tell if the quilting machine area stays comfortable. It's to fill in when the wood stove isn't runnning (ie. I am not home  :) ).
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Re: Lil' House outdoor wood burning heater. ??
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2006, 04:33:35 PM »
We don't have a forced air heating/cooling system in our house.  i.e. no ductwork to plumb into.

Our main heat is electric baseboard but we don't use it very much.  We have a free-standing, air tight wood stove in our "great room".  It heats the house real well in all but the coldest nights.  We keep the baseboard heaters set at something like 65 and they'll rarely kick on.

What we want to get away from is bringing all that firewood in the house and all that mess, smoke, etc.  Plus, it'd be nice to use longer sticks of wood.  Like maybe bring a bundle of slabs near the stove and whack them a couple of times with the chain saw.  Mary'd only have to fire it twice a day.  ;D

We're also looking at a Bryan stove.  It has a lot more features like ash cleanout, firebrick liner, cast iron grate and cast iron door.  They're build a lot heavier too.  But it's 3x the cost of the Lil' House.

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Both have about the same size firebox and BTU output.
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2006, 08:27:21 PM »
Bibby,

I have a central boiler furnance.  I was corcerned at first about the lack of grating and open pan cleanout but I found that it is not a problem to clean.  Plus you do not have to replace the grates and firebricks also.  So I would not look down the the ash pan.  Also since you do not have duct work you might just look into a boiler also.

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Re: Lil' House outdoor wood burning heater. ??
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2006, 09:12:44 PM »
Around here the insurance man doesn't want anything closer then 100' to the house or else the premiums sky rocket or they won't insure but since you already have a wood stove you maybe already aware of this.
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Re: Lil' House outdoor wood burning heater. ??
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2006, 09:46:27 PM »
Bibby I've looked at that furance several times and intend to get one as soon as i get this danG trailer moved  I've been looking for several years at wood furances that are forced air and i thing it is the best for the money besides I'm not to happy with to many bells and whistles  ;D

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Re: Lil' House outdoor wood burning heater. ??
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2006, 02:34:29 PM »
I have been looking for something like this for a while. I looked at the Bryan. The Mrs helped me decide the Bryan was too much $$ for the two or three years we have left in our mobile home ( hopefully the house will be done by then).
This Lil' house may be a great alternative.
I may have one by the end of next week.
I'll keep you posted.

 smiley_idea Maybe it could be used to heat a kiln when we move out of the mobile home ??? ???
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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2006, 04:12:55 PM »
Well,  maybe I should become a dealer in them.  Looks like I got my first sale.   :D
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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2006, 04:41:31 PM »
Good for the forum coffers too, as the forum was used...... :)
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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2006, 05:04:15 PM »
I'll be sure to tell the dealer where I found out about it! Maybe another FF sponcer??
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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2006, 08:53:10 PM »
Anybody got sawdust laying around?
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There was an article in the St. John Valley Times (Maine) about this local retired couple who use this type of system. They said they heat for 250 dollars a year.  We know it gets cold up there. ;) The system is around  1500. ???
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« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2006, 03:23:09 PM »
I am ordering mine now.
I invited Scott ( from the Lil' House web site) to stop in to the FF to say Hi and answer any of your questions. Hopefully he has time to do so.
I'll keep you posted on the install and workings of it.
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« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2006, 07:19:37 PM »
Howdy all, I am Scott Bradley the Lil'House distributor.  I would be glad to answer any of your questions to do with the heater.  It is simple, cheap and it works well.  Been selling them for over 18 years.  I welcome any questions you have about the heater operation. 

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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2006, 07:43:09 AM »
Welcome farmerscotty!
Looks like you found other topics of interest to help out with in other parts of the forum.
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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2006, 04:09:55 PM »
It's here already! Hope to start installing this weekend. I also have to put the roof on my garage.
Look for pics of both projects next week!
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« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2006, 04:39:00 PM »
Well, allrighty then...   smiley_bounce

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« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2006, 07:50:44 AM »
Sorry, no pics yet. They are in the camera though!
I did get it together and fire friday night. Put the last piece on about 9:30 pm. I have been trying to get a roof on the garage and hook up this stove between rain,snow and a major wind storm that blu through last weekend!

Happily, both are done (the roof isn't completly done, but it is dry inside the garage) and so far the stove is keeping us VERY toasty. Open some windows kinda toasty ;D.
It does indeed burn all night. Scott say's it takes some time to learn the proper settings ( how much draft, how much wood) so maybe in a coupla days I will be able to shut some windows :D

It is just what they say it is. It seems to work well. The install instructions could be better, but in all fairness Scott says to call him if you have any questions. I had lots of questions, but I won't stop at a gas station and ask directions when driving! I wasn't about to ask someone how to install this simple piece of equipment!

I think compared to the $$ of all the others, this is a good unit.
Pics of garage and stove soon, I promise!
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