Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

rick seward Published: Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m.Last updated: Dec. 1, 2019, 5:23 a.m.

I will be building a house in Atlin, BC (zone 3), and was hoping to have a wood stove as back up heat for my hydronic slab on grade in addition to the aethstetics and comfort it would provide. 

However, the thought of punching a 2 sq ft uninsulated hole through the roof with a steel column running up through the centre is troubling. I am fairly confident the air barrier continuity can be maintained but when the stove is not in use it would represent a significant heat loss. 

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