An update on our project to install a wood stove in our little house here in Versailles.
This project is something in between a luxury and a necessity. Last winter was very cold and damp here. The house is heated by a boiler system that shoots hot water into the old radiators. The fuel is heating oil and it cost us a bundle of money to keep the house at around 19 degrees Celsius (a little over 66 degrees Fahrenheit). This was after we insulated. That's too much for too little. An efficient wood stove would dramatically reduce our heating bill.
We got the authorization from the mayor's office to elevate the chimney and our mason has agreed to do the work within the next two weeks.
Saturday we drove out to St. Cyr l'Ecole to have another look at the Godin wood stoves.
We had originally set our eyes on this one - the classic, round "Petit Godin".
This is the classic French wood stove that has been around forever. I've talked to older people at church and in my neighborhood about our project and their eyes light up and they say, "Yes, when I was a child we had one..." They are genuinely surprised to hear that they are still made. Godin, I think you have an untapped market here.
But after we talked to the salesperson, we began to have doubts. This model is 5 KW so that's the maximum amount of heat we can get out of it. The inside is small and won't take the larger logs which are cheaper than the smaller ones.
So we looked at this one which is very stylish and is called "La Belle Epoque".
Alas, it had the same problems as the little Petit Godin - only 5 KW and won't take logs bigger than 38 cm.
And then we saw it - a larger version of the Petit Godin that is oval and not round (Ref 3727). We measured and it will fit the space just fine. It's 10 KW and will take logs up to 50 cm. Here's what it looks like:
We were sold. Godin will send someone by on Thursday to measure the space, check the walls, and give us a quote.
The only regret I have is that I would have liked something other than black but the price differential between the standard color (anthracite) and the lovely green or blue, is just too great.
I'll post pictures once it gets installed.