Studio Tour II: A wood-burning stove for hobbits

I don’t like to be cold. And since we heat solely with wood, our home only stays warm by convection currents from the wood stove downstairs. Usually that works beautifully, but once I close the door to the studio, I’m cut off from that source. Space heater? Too pricey. Campfire? Might damage the floor. Wear more layers? I’d become nearly spherical. The only obvious solution? Why, a hobbit wood stove, of course!

When persons of the female persuasion first see my stove, their first reaction (scientifically described) is “Ooooooh!” while putting hands to face. I believe this word is code for “Cute!” My wood stove is about 12” cubed; about the width of an iPad in its case. But it’s the real deal: it burns real wood with a real fire, makes real smoke and real ashes (but not much). It keeps things snug in here, despite the tall ceiling. Call me a fan!

Installing it wasn’t tough; it just took a while. First, find the stove and wait for it to go on sale. Then call the roofer dude to schedule a time for him to come over and risk his neck, so you don’t have to risk yours. Then plan out how you’ll install it. Cut a bunch of firewood to small sizes—not a problem, since last summer’s supply had been cut too long at a nearby state park*, so I just cut it down to size and used the excess for my stove. Put it up at head height so I don’t have to bend over all the time to tend it, and put the wood box under it. When the weather gets cold, test it out—and hey, works like a charm! Install tile. Gain the wife’s approval. Close the studio door, light the stove, and enjoy!

Studio-little stove from Doug on Vimeo.

*They’d dropped a bunch of diseased trees at the campground so they wouldn’t end up with flat campers. Hey, free heat!

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