Esse woodstove challenge 2011

Fire burning in the Esse Ironheart woodstove

In late 2010 we moved into our new ICF (insulated concrete form) home: it’s a bungalow with a walk-out basement that was built into the side of a hill and to maximize southern exposure. Although we installed a natural gas furnace, we’re realizing that with the Esse Ironheart woodstove that we purchased and situated in the centre of our main floor, we probably didn’t need to do this. This year we’re setting ourselves the challenge of heating the house 100% with the Esse Ironheart’s clean woodburning heat. In this series I will document our progress with this target, our observations and tips, and also our efforts to cook and bake as much as possible on the Ironheart instead of using our conventional electric stove. Stay tuned.

4 thoughts on “Esse woodstove challenge 2011

  1. We are in the process of building an ICF house and I was wondering if you could give me more information on your wood stove situation.

    What is the square footage of your home?

    Where are you located?

    What kind of insulation do you have in the ceiling/roof?

    It looks like your stove is rated at a max of about 33,000 BTU. Does that sound about right?

    Thanks for any info you can give me. Also if you know of any other examples of wood stoves in ICF homes I would love to hear about them.

    1. Hi Peter – great to ‘meet’ you here. Our ground floor is 1,580 sq ft (we also have a finished basement, which is a walk-out, so the home functions like a two-storey). Of the lower level, about 2/3rds of it is finished like the ground floor, the rest is mechanical room and cold storage.

      We’re about 45 minutes west of Ottawa in Eastern Ontario. Where are you?

      You’re taxing my memory a bit on the roof insulation, but I believe we have R50.

      I’m honestly not sure about the BTU; I believe that the Ironheart has a max heat output of 8kW.

      I’m afraid that at this point, I don’t have any other examples of woodstoves in ICF homes; I’ve been chatting with a lot of fellow Ironheart owners in the last couple of years via the blog here, and most seem to have traditional construction or wood cabins. I have had commenters who are planning to combine ICF and the Ironheart, but they are at the planning stage. I would love to hear more about your own plans and if you have other questions about ICF or the Ironheart, ask away.

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