My original plan, and one of the reasons for the new bed, was to be able to move my dresser to one side of it to free up the wall on which the dresser sat, so that we could install a small wood-burning stove. My idea was to build a small fire in the morning to warm up the bedroom, and with an Ecofan on it, blow warm air into Steve's office, which is very cold on winter mornings. The door of his office is directly opposite the door of our bedroom, and the warm air could be directed straight across.
However, my lovely groom didn't want to start punching holes in his brand new metal roof, or start disturbing the new insulation over our bedroom, and I had to concede that he had a good point. We researched ventless gas fireplaces, but turned up disturbing stories of more, not less, moisture in the air, mold, and other unpleasant side effects. So when we ran across electric 'stoves' in the local Coastal Farm and Ranch Supply, we had something of an epiphany. But we didn't buy one there. Steve, being Steve, wanted to go home and do some research first.
|The new stove, not fitting on the rug|
Now, I know what you're thinking: didn't this woman want to become more self-sufficient? What does using electricity for heat have to do with that? I think that if we hadn't put the solar panels on the roof, I might not have accepted this outcome to my plans as quickly as I did, but I have to admit that it was a whole lot cheaper and a whole lot easier than my original plan. And I don't expect it to be too terribly expensive because we'll only use it in the mornings. Did I mention that it's pretty quiet, as well? The box itself doesn't get warm, because the heat blows out the bottom, and the 'fire' never gets warmer than a small candelabra bulb. This evening when I got home, Steve climbed into the shower and I needed to get out of my work clothes and into my jammies, so I turned on the stove. With a remote. And I could feel the warm air blowing into the room from across the room. It's a pretty cool little appliance.
|Ugly fireplace going away|
|Ugly fireplace gone|
But now I have another reason to dig weekend mornings.