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Anyone else heat with wood?
#1
Im entering my 3rd year heating primarily with wood. I have oil as my backup.

Dry wood makes all the difference in the world between keeping warm or being frustrated. If you are thinking about putting a wood burner in next year then do yourself a favor and get your wood supply started now. I season most of my wood 1 year before I burn it, 2 years for oak.

I personally burn approx 4 cords a year. I always try to be 2 years ahead.
We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. - Patrick Henry

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#2
What are you paying per cord, how many fires do you get going?

I have a small wood burner in my bedroom. It works quite well, and can turn the room into an oven, but i have to keep feeding it or it goes out and i wake up in an iceberg. Which is never any fun.

I've been thinking about getting a bigger one that will stay lit for longer.
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#3
I have two woodstoves and a fireplace. One of the stoves is in the garage, if I fire it up and cover up the hole to the attic I can get that garage up to 80 in the dead of winter. We don't use the ones in the house as our primary, but we do use it as supplemental.

I just found a guy on CL that has seasoned hardwood for $150/cord, but not delivered. I might just head up there and get some, because his delivery rates are insane, but that price is hard to beat.
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#4
I get all the free lumber i can take, but that's not optimal at all for long lasting heat, which is a big part of my problem i think.
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#5
Valorius;34526 Wrote:I get all the free lumber i can take, but that's not optimal at all for long lasting heat, which is a big part of my problem i think.

You're not burning any PT in there are ya?
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#6
I have a Harmon wood stove in my family room. I have over 25 acres of trees. You'd think I would always have wood for the stove. You would be wrong. When I do have wood and use it regularly, I cut my oil use by more than half.
He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting "All the Gods are bastards."
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#7
I have over 20 cords cut and split. Most comes from craigslist ( free section) and some came from neighbors who were clearing land. Once it gets cold during the day the wood stove will burn 24/7.
I got 5 cords of red elm for free. some of the rounds were kinda big.
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Thomas Jefferson
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#8
I need to get a splitter. A maul and wedge is so old school.
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#9
I personally have no experience with wood heating.

My wife's parent use it pretty much exclusively, they live north of the Pocono area in Wallenpaupack and it get's cold, they have electric heat otherwise and would be very costly. Living in such a wooded area each summer they go around looking for down trees cut em and store em.

Closer to home in the West Chester area I have a friend who is very thrifty, used to heat his house with split wood. A few years back he converted his fireplaces to wood pellets and claims the pellets cost him less than half of what buying cords of wood used too to heat the house for the winter.

I've been both places often and I have to say they almost get too hot for my liking.
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#10
Valorius;34517 Wrote:What are you paying per cord, how many fires do you get going?

Im a scrounger. I dont pay to heat my home except every 2 years for an oil delivery.

Once the cold weather sets in I keep 1 fire going 24/7 all season long. My insert is rated to heat 3000sqft but my house is 2000sqft. I always recommend overkill on the size of stove you need, you can always make smaller fires but having the extra firebox room and longer burns is a plus.

Not having an open floor plan kind of sucks though because the 2 bedrooms that are furthest away from the stove are about 10-15* cooler than the rooms closest to the stove. I've tried setting up fans in hallways but there wasnt much of a difference.

The one thing I can not do with my insert is cook on it since 3/4 of it sits inside the fireplace. I can heat up cans and coffee mugs on what is exposed but thats about it. Im going to try to find a grate that I can put in there when needed to cook over coals once the fire dies down. Once im done cooking I can remove the grate and place it on the porch to cool down.

DONT FORGET THE CO DETECTORS! I have one in the living room across from the stove.

Also I should mention that not all firewood is equal. I mentioned that I season oak for 2 years before I burn it. That is because the grain is a lot tighter than most other woods so its slower to release moisture. but once the water content is low enough to burn oak burns hotter and longer than most other woods. It also coals great.

Here's a handy chart about firewood ratings/heat output.

http://www.chimneysweeponline.com/howood.htm
We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. - Patrick Henry

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