In case you were wondering...

In case you were wondering...

This blog exists to encourage all those who have ever wanted--and needed!--a tiny getaway close to home. A workshop, playhouse, garden shed, sanctuary, mini-greenhouse, studio, home office; whatever it is you need, it IS doable, with some sacrifice, imagination, and compromise.

It helps if you're handy, too.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Just got the word on the little stove...

Before taking a chance on installing it in the shed--and it WOULD just be auxiliary, emergency, fun, luxury heat, since I'm not out there all the time to stoke it, and neither of us can cut enough wood for full time use--I called our insurance company.

No go.  Any woodstove in anything they insure has to have the UL approved label for safety.  I'd read that you could use these in outbuildings, barns, and such, and hoped my shed would qualify, but nope.  So I guess we're looking at a new one...eventually.  So far the electric heaters are working fine, without too much (any?) additional on our electric bill, so we'll see.

I DO like having the heat on a timer, so it warms up before I go out...the other day it was only 47 degrees, but that was a lot better than the 28 it was outside!  54 degrees this morning in the shed, but warmed quickly once I turned it up...

Guess this one will go back on Craigslist for someone who doesn't have to deal with insurance or plans to put it in a barn or workshop!


  1. Aw! I think that's a coal stove, anywho. I like electric heat - safe & easy & unobtrusive.

    P.S. – I’m having a Jeanne d’Arc Living Christmas Giveaway!
    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

  2. Yes, I'm sure it's a coal'll burn wood, but TEENY wood. We've got a lot of twigs and small branches that we can break up, thought that would be perfect.

    And yes, I like the electric too, especially since I can set the timer to start up before I get out there! WARM!!

  3. I have the same electric stove you have but do not use it to heat with as the electric cord gets too hot to touch. Afraid it is a fire hazard after being on for only an hour on Low. I may have an electrician replace it with a cord that will not heat up.

  4. So far mine's working fine, several years down the road! I'm thinking of installing baseboard heat, though...and yes, I'd have an electrician check that out! Sounds like there's a problem there somewhere...



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