[permaculture] Sedore stove?

Jim Helwig jimhelwig at mailcan.com
Fri Dec 11 12:18:44 EST 2009

One big benefit of a masonry heater is the ability for the large amount of mass to store and slowly release the heat. If you want 24 hour heat with the Sedore stove, I suspect you need to burn 24 hours. If that is a slow burn, is it still a highly efficient and low polluting burn? Regardless, it certainly must produce less than the backyard burners we see popping up all over.

The cost is attractive, though. We spent over $10K on our masonry heater. That said, we are sure glad we got it. It has performed spectacularly so far. We love how it produces a very comfortable heat.


on 12/11/2009 10:29 AM John Fritz said the following:
> Does anyone on the list have direct experience with a Sedore stove?   At www.SedoreStovewest.com  there is glowing (no pun intended) praise for the stove and, indeed, if the stove works as represented it deserves such praise.  It just seems that it should have had some reviews other than satisfied customer testimonials by now.  
> It is a downdraft, non-electric, wood gasifier stove and, as such, is the only one of its' kind of which I am aware.  It is also top loading and does not require wood splitting.  Unsplit logs up to 12" in diameter and 28" long can be fed directly into the stove.  A big plus for those of us approaching retirement age.  Also, because it is a wood gasifier, it has the characteristic of a masonry stove in that it should not produce any creosote if operated properly with a an appropriate chimney.  One other feature that is very attractive: It has up to a 15 hour burn time and since it is a downdraft design it is theoretically possible that one would only have to light the stove once per season as there should always be a bed of coals at the bottom grate where all the combustion is taking place.  O.K, O.K. one more thing:  It can even burn unseasoned wood as long as the coals have already been established, as the downdraft design will be drying the wood
>  as it works it way down to the burning area of the coals; all starting at about $2,200 versus the beginning price of $10,000 or so for a masonry stove.  Has anyone direct experience with a Sedore stove?
> John Fritz, NW Arkansas.
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