Yep, many of the early outdoor furnaces put out a lot of smoke particles, far more than a quality wood stove. Some people just made their own with no consideration for the pollution. So yes you do want to get a good one.except that there are places that are banning wood burning stoves and new installations unless they have a catalytic converter because of the smoke.
I was thinking maybe you could swap your DS and his GF for the friend and his GFit was the gf of our friend that was so decent and nice to me
You would still need a water heater for non heating seasons. I can't imagine you would want to be running that outdoor burner 24x7 all spring, summer and fall. The heat pump water heaters are the most energy efficient but you would have to calculate the cost of use based on your electric cost vs propane cost for a "regular" water heater.The water heater at the new house is electric, and if I wasn't considering the outdoor wood burner, I would switch it to propane once I get my stove in.
I beg to differ! Baseboard hot water or forced hot air will both do the "off and on" thing based on the thermostat. The only systems I know of that don't (if you are smart and don't do daytime setback which WILL cost more money when the 240V electric heaters kick in) are radiant floor and geothermal heat. What I didn't like about the baseboard in the old house was:Plus it is forced hot air heat and I hate it. The baseboard heat is warmer and not the "off and on" of the hot air.
I REALLY want geothermal but no one around here will install it. I've called everyone around that potentially does and not even a quote. One guy came by and looked everything over, had some interesting ideas like the fans in the existing furnaces could be used to push the air through. Never heard from him again even after I tried contacting via email, no response. I did get a quote from one company, phone "interview" for details, for $50K which didn't include any electrical or duct work. Totally ridiculous. At $10/ft for wells, two 500' wells would be $10K. There isn't even close to $40K in the hardware and installation to connect it to the existing ductwork. A quick look with Google says the machines that convert warmish water to hot air cost a few thousand dollars. When I asked for a breakdown of the extra $40K I got no response.You know, I think wood is considered "carbon neutral" by the people who evaluate such things. Personally a mix of wood and solar sounds good to me (dh wants geothermal, but dang, that's pricey).