We've been green.
December 4, 2007 3:56am CST
I dont like buying natural gas or propane for heat. Too expensive. How much does the winter cost you? Even an expensive wood stove is cheaper than gas. People act afraid to burn wood. Oh well what are people going to do when gas is 5.00 a gallon? Burn wood I bet. Solar is good but once again expensive and complex. Wood heat is easy to set up but you have to deal with ash. Thats another reason I grow a garden. I put the ash in the garden to loosen the soil and add nutrients. Just something to think about.
• United States
17 Dec 07
Hello Dbmax, Because we live rurally, natural gas is not an option. We have a propane wall furnace, yet don't even light the pilot. Last year we bought a new woodstove. We purchased the most efficient model available. Though we tend to keep the house warmer now than when we used our antique wood stove, we still use less wood. The high efficiency of the stove is the reason. The stove burns the wood, then it re-burns the smoke so that the particulate residue is negligable. It's a fabulous stove, plus it's very aesthetically pleasing. How much does it cost us to heat the house? Well, we purchase permits from the Forest service to get firewood from the national forests. The permits cost 10.00/cord, and we purchase the maximum # of permits (4 cords) per year. In a real cold winter, we use a little over two cords per year. That means that we spend about $20.00/year to heat our home, and do our part to prevent forest overgrowth/overfueling, which lead to forest fires. Now, I have to factor in the cost of our log splitter, chainsaws& blades, axe, hatchet, gas for the truck etc ... If we do not figure in the value of labor involved, we probably spend less than $60.00/year. We also have a solar hot water set-up. Yet, we do not have solar wall heaters in place -- yet. That is one of my 2008 goals. Oh and by the way, we garden as well. Our winter ash is an integral part of our composting effort. It only makes sense to use & re-use whenever possible. Plus, the result is gorgeous black gold -- capable of growing fabulous fruits & vegetables. Contrary to our circumstances, we have family and friends who spend between $200.00 - $600.00 per month heating their homes. To me, that's ridiculous when we spend less than $60.00 per year! Of course, some people are not physically able to cut, split & stack their own wood (no doubt, it is very hard work). Many others are, yet don't. Whatever the reason, they simply do not realize how practical wood heating is these days.
• United States
18 Dec 07
Thats great. Solar is the next project here to. We manage a ten acker patch of trees and sell wood to. Its great about your new stove. We just got one to but had an old one that burned 30" wood. The new one burns 15" wood. Much more cost effeciant.
• United States
21 Dec 07
Hello Dbmax, Although we don't sell any wood (we just always keep a reserve for emergencies), I imagine your efforts to provide others with home-heating wood is probably very appreciated -- 'cause it is a whole lot of work! I'm glad you like your new stove. We love ours because it's so much more efficient than the antique stove.