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01-23-2012 01:35 PM  6 years agoPost 1
hootowlrrProfessor - Garnet Valley, Pa. - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I live in the NE and heat my house 100% with wood. This is my first year doing it. It's a blast and I'm saving a small fortune. I have a wood insert in our fireplace and a freestanding soapstone stove in the rec room on the other end of the house. Even if you have to buy split and seasoned wood you still save depending on where you live and your heating costs.

This was my first fire in the new insert..(Hearthstone Clydesdale)

And this is the soapstone on the other end..

and it's chimney...

I have a forum going for wood and hearth related discussion. Please feel free to join. I'm trying to get it moving along with members.. Tell me what you think of the layout... suggestions?
http://www.hearth-forum.com/index.php

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01-23-2012 01:51 PM  6 years agoPost 2
HugeOne

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I would be cheaper for me to heat with electricity, but wife prefer the "heat" of the wood stove

I guess splitting logs keep me in shape too...

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01-23-2012 03:23 PM  6 years agoPost 3
Salty

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While I love a good wood burner the fact is in Fl there just isnt a reason to have one. First, firewood round here is damn expensive. Second, we have three days round here that we actually have temps low enough the we can use one.

My last house we had had a fireplace that didn't get used once; see...prob is life gets in the way and by the time you remembered to get the chimney cleaned to fire up the fire place it was too dang hot to burn....

The new house has a flue-less propane fireplace (ceramic log) it's perfect for Fl...fire it up three times a year and costs 15 bucks a year....and gives ya that opportunity to have a lil fun with the wife in front of the fireplace.

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01-23-2012 09:30 PM  6 years agoPost 4
SPLCHEVETE

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I used to burn with wood only for the winter as well, roughly 6 years. We installed a new heat pump/furnace 6 years ago as well. This is the first winter that we stopped using the wood burner and strictly use the heat pump. Let me tell you how much easier it is. EASY

It cost me 550 for a pole truck load, past winters, roughly 6 cords. I then spent 1-2 months splitting and chainsawing it all up. Then stacking it. Then hauling it downstairs, then keep the fire going.

I will NEVER heat with wood again. The cost of wood vs. my heat pump bill is so close. I am kicking my self for burning wood this long.

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01-23-2012 09:45 PM  6 years agoPost 5
ticedoff8

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My dad lives on 10 acres in the Sierra foothills - loads of fallen branches and trees. Dried wood is every place for the picking.

He heated with wood for 6 years - and changed to a gas fired heater about 3 years ago.

He got so tired of the soot, dust, dirt. He got tired of having to go out into the cold every morning to get wood from the pile. He got tired of stoking the fire every night before he went to bed.

He thought he was going to save money - he really doesn't know if he was or not. But the mess & hassle was too much.

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01-24-2012 01:33 AM  6 years agoPost 6
Erwin Atchison

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After years of burning wood, I installed a coal furnace this year. I was getting wood nearly free (cost of log truck only). Then the saw, splitter and my valuable time. Coal is much cleaner, more even heat (due to ductwork)less work, and less chance of injuries. Besides I'm getting too old for all that work

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01-24-2012 04:52 AM  6 years agoPost 7
drifter88

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Awesome cat..what breed?

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01-24-2012 04:53 AM  6 years agoPost 8
ticedoff8

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Coal is much cleaner
You should have gone with gas - propane or LPG.
Truly cleaner and I bet just as cheap.

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01-24-2012 05:03 AM  6 years agoPost 9
Brokenlink

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Get a pellet stove,the only way to go.No cutting,stacking or the mess.

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01-24-2012 06:45 AM  6 years agoPost 10
JasonJ

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I heat with wood. I usually get the wood free. I won't buy it because it's more expensive than just using my electric heat. I thought about a pellet stove but pellet stoves require electricity. We get multi hour power outages here so the wood stove is much better. It is a pain to deal with but not horribly so.

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01-24-2012 01:24 PM  6 years agoPost 11
Cowjock

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Breed of cat: OVER FED!

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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01-24-2012 09:03 PM  6 years agoPost 12
neilg.

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what kind of cat is that?

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01-24-2012 09:56 PM  6 years agoPost 13
Helizrule

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We went with a coal stove a few years ago. It's a stoker so it is automatic and feeds itself from a hopper. I can leave is easily for 24 hours on it's own. No wood smell in the house either and very high BTU burn. Love the dam thing since the house is so warm all winter.

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01-24-2012 10:00 PM  6 years agoPost 14
rcjon

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Macon, GA

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When I built my house 6 years ago I put a Jotul wood stove in the basement. When it's below about 50 degrees I burn it every day/night. There is no duct work or anything to the rest of the house but it keeps the entire house reasonably warm except on our colder nights. But then I can augment with the heat pump. Because the stove is in the basement, there is no mess in the main living area.

I enjoy having the fire and I enjoy getting out and cutting wood. Always go to the woods on the coldest of days in Jan and Feb. Instead of sitting around the house burning wood. Firewood warms you twice, once when you cut and split and the second time when you burn it.

A lot of people burn wood that is not well enough seasoned. It should be split and stacked out of the rain for at least a year before you burn it and two years is better. Any moisture in the wood expends heat to drive it off.

Wood is free for me except for the work and gas to haul it so it saves me a lot on heat.

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01-24-2012 10:07 PM  6 years agoPost 15
JPhillips

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Waco, TX

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Looks like a Bengal cat.

I used to heat with wood at my old house as it was the only other source of heat besides the oil baseboard heat and that got very expensive. It was a pain but good heat.

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01-25-2012 12:35 AM  6 years agoPost 16
classic

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Awesome cat..what breed?
Yup, its a Bengal

Awesome cats!

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01-25-2012 08:45 AM  6 years agoPost 17
Charlie

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New Brunswick, Canada

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Get a pellet stove,the only way to go.No cutting,stacking or the mess.
+1 on that. That's all I use in my house for heat.

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01-28-2012 05:22 AM  6 years agoPost 18
trexstuntin3d

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Ca

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Sick Backyard!!
I love the old style wood burners. They work so well. love the bengal cat we have 2 of them.

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01-28-2012 02:07 PM  6 years agoPost 19
PJRono

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We used to heat my parents place with wood. It was a free standing Gibralter with blower. It took 10-12 chord of wood every winter. It's gets to be a lot to put up every year. And I won't even mention the stained ceilings!

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