Drolet Wood Stove – Technically, no wood stoves are “watertight.” All wood burners need air for the fire to burn. But more modern wood stoves controlled dampers, designed for both fuel efficiency and minimal pollution, control air effectively. The smallest efficient wood stoves are actually marine stoves, designed for use on ships – very, very small spaces. Really good, like the sardine 12 square inch Marine stoves, are certified by the EPA. Since 1988, only EPA-certified stoves can be sold in the United States.
Old style box stoves are essentially bad metal boxes that feed your fires with the air sucked through the sealed door. The so-called “hermetic” stoves. On the other hand, have a well-sealed firebox, closed-door seals, dampers – controlled manually or by the thermostat. And often more than one air source. Only stoves with an outdoor air source are certified for use in mobile homes.
Unless it’s in a settlement sale or finding a used or slightly damaged one. You probably will not be able to buy a real small hermetic wood-burning stove for less than $ 500. That is the base price of the Drolet rocket model, which measures approximately 26 inches tall, 20 inches wide and 21 inches deep. Most small kitchens are in the $ 2,000 price range of $ 1,000 a point. Contemporary style and specialty materials – like soapstone exteriors – can raise the price of a small stove from $ 4,000 to $ 5,000 or more. At the time of publication, however, the US government allowed a federal tax credit for 10 percent of the purchase price (up to $ 300) for certified stoves to be at least 75 percent efficient.