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Wood stove alcove size

Four by four alcove

"We can at least plan the wood-stove alcove this month, right?" asked Mark.

"Sure," I replied. "But what size should it be? Four by four like our last one? Four by eight? Or eight by eight?"

"Eight by eight," Mark stated decisively.

That sounded pretty big to me, so I pulled out the graph paper and mocked up our options. Four by four turns out to be just barely big enough for the wood stove itself using heat shields to protect the walls. I should have known this since it's exactly what we made before.

Four by eight alcove

Four by eight would let me stuff my chair in there along with the wood stove to prevent obstructing the door.

Eight by eight alcove

While eight by eight provides a spacious alcove, especially if the wood stove is inserted at a diagonal.

As usual, Mark was right. I wonder if I should ask him the next question --- where the windows go for optimal winter sun intake --- or do the math myself? I'll probably do the math. That sounds a lot more fun!

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add a small room / cabinet outside this new addition. think 3'x 3' or so. you go outside and fill this area up with fire wood from the outside. when you are inside the house, you open up a door / cabinet door to get your fire wood. 1. don't have to carry wood through the house...getting floors dirty or storing wood in house. 2. don't have to open the main door to let cold air in just to get fire wood.
Comment by John Reed Mon Sep 17 21:06:11 2018
By going for the eight by eight, you can have a little extra space, which knowing you two, will not go to waste!!!!! Keep up the good planning, but keep Mark from getting things done too quickly! Do you hear me Mark!!!
Comment by Sheila Mon Sep 17 22:32:56 2018

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