What kind of propane should I use in an old log cabin?

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We have a 250-year-old log cabin. http://www.homestead.com/bmorgan/cabin.html We currently are using ventless gas logs as our single source of heat. We want to replace the logs with some type of propane stove, which would be vented up the fireplace. I want it to fit in with the atmosphere of the old logs, etc. Is there anything that would fit INTO the fireplace, or would it probably stand out away from the opening some? Would appreciate some advice.

-- Beth Morgan (blwm_@hotmail.com), April 24, 2002


There are lots of stove options, gas and wood that will fit into or in front of a fireplace. Check out any wood stove store. They will have gas options. You will need to check and see if your chimney is still safe to use. You may need a liner to support a gas system.

-- Gary (gws@columbus.rr.com), April 24, 2002.

There are a lot of diffent propane heating systems. Sure you will find one you like. Years ago we had friends that in their "mother-in- law" apartment had a kerosene heater on the wall vented to the outside for heat. It was wonderful. Of course, since then they don't make them anymore !! It was easy to fill from the outside and clean and no smell at all !! Nothing like the portable kind. How do you heat your hot water ??? or do you. Might consider using the same fuel for both. Good Luck !!!

-- Helena (windyacs/@npacc.net), April 25, 2002.

what your looking for is a gas insert. You must get one that will fit in your particular fireplace. the direct vent models are vented with two aluminum liners that run up the chimney and terminate in a special vent cap. the advantage to a direct vent gas unit is it uses outside air for combustion and will not create drafts in your home. Most newer stoves will operate in the 80 to 85% efficiency range.

-- jz (oz49us@yahoo.com), April 27, 2002.

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