I have been doing a lot of information gathering as I draw (and redraw) my home plans and dream. I have located an interesting heating idea - soapstone fireplaces. When I search I found - Tulikivi from Finland to be the site that pops up most often. Does anyone have any experience with these stoves/fireplaces? They are not 'beautiful" but do grow on you - ha ha ha.
What about soapstove stoves - do work the same way? I am guessing they don't put off as much heat - anyone?
Can you have soapstone inside - and get creative with the outside (of a fireplace) - and have the same effeciency as a whole Tulikivi? or does the full soapstone unit (such as those shown by Tulikivi) make these types of heaters/fireplaces the most efficient?
Also - the idea of having a bake-oven within the fireplace is pretty interesting. It makes you want to try your hand at baking bread! ;-)
Can you heat a 3 story in the north with one off these or do you need backup heat also?
Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas about this topic?