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    Hi all,
    We've been cooking and heating with wood cook stoves for almost 20 years on a variety of stoves. We're looking to upgrade to a stove that better suits our needs and am hoping you all could offer us some advice.
    Our first stoves were Mealmaster brand. We found they were very good for cooking both on the stove top and baking but not great for heating. The small fire box and low thermal mass helped the stove heat quickly for cooking but the lack of airtight firebox didn't help much for overnight burns. A 3 hour max burn time was about all we could get out of it. It would heat the space but needed lots of attention.
    Our current stove is a Bakers Choice. It heats really well with its large airight firebox but is not a great cook stove. By the time the stove top is hot enough to use it is difficult to stand next to the stove because of excess heat. It also takes longer and more wood to get it up to cooking temperature than the Mealmaster.
    Ideally we would like a stove that combined the best qualities of both. It needs to be fast, efficient and easy to cook with, not just a stove top to warm up a pot of soup but designed to really be used in a kitchen. It also needs to be a good heater with long burn times and a decent size firebox.
    Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks​​​​​
    BAkers Choice Mealmaster

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    Hello,

    Thank you for your inquiry. Your old mealmaster is not an airtight stove, which is why you aren't getting long burn times or much heat from the stove. The newer model stoves are airtight which is going to give you overnight burn times, as well as a higher efficiency. Its very important not to over size your stove, as you will have a problem with the room getting too hot before the stove actually gets hot enough to be able to bake in the oven. I would be happy to provide you with recommendations on wood cook stoves, I just have a few questions first:

    1) How many sq. ft. are you looking to heat?
    2) How well insulated is the space you are heating?
    3) Are you looking for any specific options on your cook stove such as domestic hot water, water reservoir, or warming oven?
    4) What is your budget?

    Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns. Thank you for the opportunity to be of service to you.

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