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    Wood burning stoves and Archival materials

    I plan on building a tiny house (tumbleweedhouses[dot]com) with a small wood burning stove. I also plan on have a small darkroom in this small space. Does anyone know if wood burning stoves will affect the archival quality of negatives/prints? Do wood burning stoves create dust (more than usual)?


    Let me know if you have any information on this.

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    I've lived with wood stoves and fireplaces for years, yes they are messy, but not necessarily dusty. A properly vented stove shouldn't emit any harmful fumes into the house and do any damage to the contents. Loading firewood into the house is the dirty part, also cleaning ashes is pretty messy at times. Make sure you load hot ashes into a steel bucket, never plastic (you'ld be surprised at how many people do that).
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    Several of those houses are very tiny indeed.
    In any case, as Rick says, the woodstove isn't necessarily trouble for your darkroom or materials, I've heated full-time on and off in our current house for a while, and haven't encountered any problems attributable to the woodstove.
    I also know some other photographers who heat with wood.
    You would probably want to close off the darkroom or material storage space if possible when you are doing chores like cleaning the ashes. If you're careful you won't generate very much of a cloud when cleaning the stove. I find that although the incoming wood can produce a lot of debris, most of it is larger than dust, that is sticks, leaves, pieces of bark etc. that need to be swept up, but don't add much in the way of dust and similar fine particles.
    Make sure the flue is sized correctly for the stove, and that bends in the flue are minimized so that it drafts properly.

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    Be sure to check with zoning, none of those houses could be built in SE WI or NE IL. If your concerned about dust, and don't forget you cannot have anything to close to a wood burner, you could use an outdoor wood stove, and pipe the heat inside. Probally the cost of the wood stove, in anycase, would exceed the cost of electric heat and up to date insulation. Just a thought. Good Luck.
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    well, it can create dust, also all the wood and bark and sawdust you haul into that house too.

    I'd say get a 100 pound propane tank with a propane heater.
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    I'd be more worried about printing (and living!) in a big city, than close to a nice wood stove.

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    Out of curiosity, which size house are you thinking of? For ten years I lived in a house with the same floor plan as the Bodega, except a foot narrower (13x18) and no loft (I slept in the attic). Difficult having a darkroom in that size house, but not impossible if one wants to live in a darkroom.

    I had no heat, but a house that size can be heated by cooking a biscuit in the oven, which is what I did in the winter in NW CA...probably would not be enough in NY!
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    A well-made, well -vented modern stove will do fine. While yo're at it, make it a cooking stove!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Out of curiosity, which size house are you thinking of? For ten years I lived in a house with the same floor plan as the Bodega, except a foot narrower (13x18) and no loft (I slept in the attic). Difficult having a darkroom in that size house, but not impossible if one wants to live in a darkroom.

    I had no heat, but a house that size can be heated by cooking a biscuit in the oven, which is what I did in the winter in NW CA...probably would not be enough in NY!
    19x8 on a trailer. The darkroom will be very compact, large enough to develop film and print. I'm also looking at small marine propane heaters that are standard in tiny homes.. The tiny home will also have a full loft (bed, relax area, storage).
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    I burn all the time. Like clean coal, a clean burning stove is only relative to an old design stove. It still will be one of the less clean methods of heat. On the other hand, unless you have a clean lab, like a professional clean lab, you will learn to live with it. I would suggest you get a drying bag, or cabinett for hanging up your film, and not out in the open. Then, you should be OK. Good Luck.
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