Our wood stove will be our primary source of space heat during the winter. We figure that to make the best use of this appliance it would make sense that it also has the ability to bake. One of the most energy intensive appliances is an electric oven, and being able to avoid using this from time to time should save us from using a significant amount of electricity.
There are plenty of wood stoves out there that meet our criteria, but finding a wood burning cook stove is a bit more difficult. After some searching though we’ve found a couple that would seem to work well for us, with the exception of one hurdle, the price.
This first one came highly recommended in an article I found online (http://www.sustainablelivingmagazine.org/living-green/eco-energy/renewable-energy/wood-energy/72-ironheart-cooking-stove).
Esse is a British company, that makes several varieties of wood burning cook stoves. This author recommends the Iron Heart as it “offered an all round flexibility and balance between form and function”. I really like the simple lines of the stove, and the lack of decoration. This stove comes in at $5500. Yikes.
Esse offers a smaller stove that might be more appropriate for our use called the Plus 1, we would get this in a black finish. Cost $3800.
A Danish manufacturer HWAM makes a lot of sleeker looking stoves, the Classic 4 with the baking oven compartment being one with a more utilitarian appearance. As with the Esse stoves, it has a crafted simple design.
The HWAM stoves have an add-on make up air inlet, which we would plan on using a variation of regardless of the stove we selected. HWAM conveniently has a representative close to us in Plymouth, NH, who I’m sure we will visit before going much further with this.
Come to find out the HWAM Classic 4 is not sold in North America! The company has not had the stove go through the required testing, which is expensive. But the HWAM Classic 7 is available, and retails for $4000. Pretty steep, not sure how that will fit into the budget. Basically the same as the 4, but it is cylindrical in shape.
Another stove that I feel like I should mention is the Klassic by Wittus. This one is more industrial looking, and is hand made in the USA. But the price tag of $14,650 puts this stove well out of our budget.
It may end up that we settle for a stove that we find laying around somewhere, and pony up for either an Esse or HWAM stove later on after the house is done. We will see.
Speaking of stoves, we scored a GE Profile Induction Cooktop last weekend at a Lowe’s store closing auction (Normally we do not condone doing business with Lowe’s or Home Depot, but we figured since it was a closing auction it was ok). The cooktop normally retails for $1500, we got it for $373!