Wood stove vs outdoor or indoor wood furnace
We are building a house in the country in Iowa. The land is heavily forested so we would like to take advantage of this ready supply of wood to reduce our energy costs and also have an alternative heat source. Our home will be all electric but we are looking into either a wood stove, outdoor wood furnace to augment a standard furnace if the price isn't too high, or indoor combo wood/electric furnace (Yukon). Does anyone have experience with either the outdoor or indoor wood furnace? We do not mind the extra work involved and like the idea of having it outdoors. If we decided on the indoor model, we would have a chute from the garage to the basement to bring wood in. We are also considering a wood stove but like the idea of less mess with the outdoor or indoor furnace. The other downside of a wood stove is that for ideal central placement it would mean that our pipe would have to run exposed for two stories in our vaulted great room and I'm not sure how that would look. Does anyone have experience with any of these heating methods?