Log Home Books and Equipment

Updated January 6, 2005

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A Country Club in the Canadian Rockies

Soapstone Stoves and Fireplaces

If you want a stove/fireplace that will keep giving you heat 12 to 24 hours after the fire has gone out, your only choice is naturally, soapstone. My own 2003 experience with soapstone stoves is the Tulikivi line from Finland. I had the good fortune to have spent a month in an exclusive Heliskiing Resort (all beautifully built log cabins) in the Canadian mountains, north of Smithers BC. The stove in the room was different. I had never seen anything like it. A basket of wood stood beside it, with small blocks about 8 inches long. I immediately started a fire in this stove that has the pipe exiting near the floor. An hour went by, and I felt the outside of the stove. Hardly warm! I added wood once or twice to keep the fire going and to see if I could warm up the surface. It got a little warmer but not like a steel stove. The next day I got up to a wonderfully warm stove. I looked into the firebox and there wasn't even an ember glowing; the stove wasn't hot but it was awfully warm! The Lodge booklet filled me in. It was a Tulikivi stove from Finland. Every room in the Lodge had a Tulikivi stove or fireplace. Tulikivi is not your ordinary stove, so there was easily several hundred thousand dollars worth of fireplaces and stoves in the Lodge. It is one of the most efficient stove systems ever designed, which releases only a minimal amount of pollutants.

A stove that captures heat is far better than one that smolders and creosotes your chimney. One of the drawbacks of modern stoves is that they burn the wood efficiently but too quickly. Soapstone solves that problem. If you can afford it, buy one. You can find Tulikivi Finnish soapstone stoves in your area or order through Amazon.com one of their products below.

Theory of efficient wood stoves1
Theory of efficient wood stoves2
Theory of efficient wood stoves links
How to install Tulikivi soapstone tiles
Nunnauuni, Finnish soapstone stoves
Canadian government tips on buying
Juca engineered system
Building a barrel stove
Green Techniques
Bio-Energy Links
Kindling on top
burning wood
Books on Log homes

Little Wolf Portable Biomass Stove

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