Hello, my dear readers.
*UPDATE Jan 2017
Unfortunately the small wood stove that I got is not enough for my poorly insulated dwelling. When the temp went down to -5 it was impossible to keep the heat up and I had to wake up 2-3 times at night. I decided to buy another heater to stay warm. I got a Dyna-Glo RA18LPDG cabinet heater. It’s great but sometimes pilot light doesn’t stay on. Fixable with this video
After temperature plummeted under -30C, I decided to have one more backup just in case. I got this one. A more portable version.
I also installed a ceiling fan that helps a lot to distribute hot air
Now carry on with original post
Winter is coming and it’s time to update you on my plans for staying warm for the next 5 to 6 months.
I have been contemplating how to set up the stove for quite some time now. Most folks that live in Mongolian gers set it up in the middle and run a chimney through the tunduk. I didn’t want to go this route because I like my open space. I decided to run the chimney through the slope of my roof.
I spoke with a few heating professionals and all of them said that it won’t work. So I asked my good friend from Almaty to go to the village near Almaty and see how locals heat their yurts during the winter. These are the pictures he took:
I really doubt that it’s up to code, but it tells me that this can be done.
I did a lot of research on wood stoves and my choice fell on the Jotul 602 small cast iron stove. I don’t know why, but I find European manufacturers are so much better in constructing efficient small stoves. This is also true when I was choosing my composting toilet, which is made by Biolan. I found a slightly used Jotul for $700 CAD on Kijiji, and purchased a flange made of heat resistant silicone from the UK. Again, I couldn’t find anything close in North America.
Without further ado, I got some tools and a sharp knife and proceeded with the installation.
Now a test fire:
Despite warnings from heating professionals, I didn’t have a problem with the draft. In cold temperatures I fire a propane cabinet heater first and then start the stove.
Next project is to insulate the entrance. Stay tuned for more.