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Gravity fed oil stove for back up & supplemental heat source-suggestions?

catia1313
catia1313 Member Posts: 49
Purchased a rural home with a great hearth, in the basement, which used to be the original house. It already has a wood/coal stove, but has not been used for 20 yrs. Chimney is in the center of the house. All chimney cleaning/lining-whatever is needed will be done by a chimney sweep.

We want a reliable, simple to use non-electric heat source for when we loose power, which happens, according to the neighbors 1-2 times per year & lasts usually just a day or so, but has lasted up to 2 weeks before.

We are wanting to not have to chop wood, right now. We are post 50 yrs, & just need something easier in the even of an emergency.

We have access to a couple of older gravity fed oil stoves, Efel & Franco Belge, that have been left unused for many years, & are in decent condition.
I've looked at new Kuma's but they are PRICEY, & it is the same basic technology.

We do have wicked kerosene heaters, but if we need to go a few days to a couple of weeks, I want a chimney vented system with a fresh air intake for combustion air, plus I don't want to stink up the house.

Anyone here have any experience or tips for the gravity fed oil stoves?

"The Universe Always Conspires to Help the Dreamer"
-Paulo Coelho

Comments

  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,275
    Obsolete technology, but... if they are in very good condition, and maintained meticulously, they are fine. However, you fire marshal may disagree. In any event, you should -- for your safety -- have a Fireomatic shutoff valve on the oil feed line. They don't take electricity -- just a fusible link -- and they will shut off the oil supply if anything gets too hot (like a fire...).
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • catia1313
    catia1313 Member Posts: 49
    I agree with having a safety shut off definitely-never saw one on any oil stove or furnace, in my lifetime-but now since I know I'm glad to know I can get one.

    Kuma & Nestor Martin still sell in the USA, pretty sure Franco Belge is going strong across the pond & sometimes imported here. I am questioning what you mean by obsolete technology? Is there a better type of technology for an oil stove that is both vented to a chimney and does not require electricity? I'm here to learn.
    "The Universe Always Conspires to Help the Dreamer"
    -Paulo Coelho
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,783
    Safety features would be a concern running an old Kelly pot .
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,275
    What I meant by obsolete technology is that there is no really good way to regulate the fuel/air mix ration, and so the combustion efficiency may -- or may not -- be quite what one would want. I did NOT mean to imply that it didn't work or was inherently unsafe or anything like that!
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,783
    I went to the Kuma website , it showed a nice fire .. The units I worked on are the old cold water flat models. They all use heat to vaporize the oil for combustion . Being an old oil guy, they do scare me .
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all