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You may or may not be amazed to find that the programmable thermostat and remote management options are ridiculously weak. We literally had thermostats from Bayweb on order, when we saw an article about Nest thermostats.  There is little that I can write that hasn't already been said by the authorities: NYTimes, David Pogue, Macworld

We will no longer be arriving to a freezing cold house (we keep it at 50 when not there). We can adjust them temperature from our phones in the car, or simply before we leave the office. (update: we have radiant heat, it takes a full day to get up to temperature from 50 degrees.)

It works, as it should, right out of the box, no instructions needed.  It took about 10 minutes to install (thwarted only by the depth of the sheet rock before I hit a solid joist in the marriage wall).

These photos leave a bit to be desired, it was 630am and my 16 month-old helper was buzzing around my feet.

After turning the power back on, I connected to our wireless internet connection and the unit self-updated.

Nest Thermostat Software Update

It then backed itself up.

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It asks for your zip code.

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Then setup was complete.

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UPDATE:

We found this stove at Lowes that is a close enough match and going to the one.

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In doing research on stoves we have been in a bit of a quandary because honestly they are all so ugly. Especially the pellet stoves which seem to be especially awkward. There was one model of pellet stove we found that we liked but of course it is only available in Japan. Then we found a wood burning stove that looks good, a blend of classic old-fashioned with clean lines and slightly industrial.

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Vogelzang Defender Wood-Burning Stove, Model# TR001

High-efficiency airtight stove heats up to 1200 sq. ft., with a maximum output of 28,337 BTU with Douglas fir, and 68,000 BTU with hardwood. Heavy-duty 3/16in. steel plate construction and fully firebrick lined. Features secondary air reburn combustion system, a cast iron feed-door with gasket, clear-view air-washed ceramic glass, cam-lock latch and cool-touch spring handle. Stove accepts logs 18in. long. One full load burns approx. 8-10 hours. Safety tested to UL 1482.
$599.00

Then there is the problem of fuel. The reason we have been looking at pellet stoves is because they use electricity to burn sawdust pellets, so it can be a carbon neutral form of heat. We really want a stove though. Compressed sawdust heat logs look like they might be good solution. They are also made from waste sawdust and burn much cleaner than firewood. And we could also use them outside in a fire pit, too. So maybe we can have the stove we want without burning trees. Win-win.

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