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How much wood are you burning?
« on: November 28, 2014, 06:01:48 PM »
It's been around the mid 20's for the most part some nights hit 10. My 12 year old house is about 1500 squar foot. But the main floor is a loft ceiling that peeks at 20'. And I have a home made owb. I Thought I was burning a lot (green oak) so I switched to dry maple. I'm still at about 63 cubic foot a week. Or about 1 full cord every two weeks. Seems like I didn't burn that amount till mid winter last year. Just curious to others areas and situations.

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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2014, 06:07:46 PM »
When I first started my owb, I was burning almost 40 cubic feet of pine slabs a day. Now, I don't fill it as often, or as much, and that number is dropping. The couple of warm days we had earlier this week, I was going all day on a charge. Yesterday, I had some ash rounds that I busted up as coarsely as I could, about 18 cubic feet. I put half in about 4:00 pm, and the other half this morning. I'll have to wait until late tonight for them to all burn down so I can prep the ash bed for a big load of pine slabs again. I'm heating a very poorly insulated ~1,200 foot house and a basic two car garage/workshop.
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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2014, 06:34:08 PM »
From your location. I wonder if we don't have similar temps? We have an old Taylor, don't remember if its a 400 or 450, heating a questionably insulated 1250 sf, story and a half, 100 year old house. With the long cold winter last year where we saw a stretch of minus 50 degree nights several times, we went thru about 10-12 cords of mixed hard and soft woods, some dry some wet.

We started up the stove in Mid October this year and have been using dry popple during the day and dry oak at night, We've gone thru about 1 to 1 1/2 cord this year and have had only a few short spells below zero so far. My water temp is still set at 160 and the stove is 80 feet from the house. I'll turn it up to 180 when it starts to stay below zero.

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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2014, 07:26:31 PM »
Our weather has been pretty crazy here the last month, but I'm at about 1.5 cords on the new H5. That's burning mostly dead ash straight from the woods. I've got some two year old dry stuff in the barn I'm holding on to in case I can't get to the woods.
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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2014, 07:58:47 PM »
So if I'm burning 1 cord every two weeks then I'm twice what you guys are😳😳😳

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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2014, 08:03:14 PM »
I'm burning, I estimate, somewhere around 2 cords of pine slabs and old boards a week. So that would probably be about a cord of hardwood, so I'm probably double what you are burning. I don't plan on burning too much hardwood, so I won't know exactly what it would take. I suspect that big chunks of hardwood would last longer than the thin pine slabs and boards I'm burning now. I do have a bunch of pine logs that are junk, and I think I'll only process them enough to get them through the door without injuring myself, I bet that will last longer.

I cut up some slabs this afternoon. I cut them all 42" long. This was two loads on the forks, so (42"x48"x36")2=2/3 cord, which should last 3 days, so just over 2 cords for a cold week.

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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2014, 08:41:05 PM »
I don't have an OWB at the moment, so we use the "Englander Fireplace" stove, not sure on the volume but today I did comment that we were burning a lot more wood than I would like to see in November.
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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2014, 08:50:38 PM »
Dave I'm talking 4'x4'x8' 128 cuft cords. You burnt 2 full cords in one week? That's about a full size pickup load every day!!

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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2014, 09:14:14 PM »
That's 2/3 of a cord in front of the boiler. Hoping it will last three days.  :D
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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2014, 10:41:23 PM »
Maybe 1/3 of a cord here at The Beach in our fireplace heating the living room.
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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2014, 10:59:49 PM »
I have been burning 1 1/2-2 full cords a week depending on the cold  but my house is 80 times warmer this year then last year  my base board runs full time cant shut it off until I unplug the pump and I have new 280,000 btu heat exchanger  the old on was 140,000  the new one made a big difference and so far its keeping the wife happy  :D

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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2014, 01:54:14 AM »
Firewoodjoe, seems like a lot for your sqft house. Whats your cuft firebox???
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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2014, 04:27:31 AM »
I burn about 3-3.5 cords a year to heat my house.  1400 sq ft.

Now the shop, probably burn a cord every 2 weeks or so.  Don't really keep track, just load up a dumptruck and dump it in the shop, stack near the stove.  Mostly burn cottonwood and the scraps from the processors.

Those boiler setups seem to be crazy hungry for wood.  I have a few customers with them and they eat through wood almost quicker than I can deliver.  One fellow burns about 30 cords a winter to heat a ~2500 sq ft house and a small hanger for his airplane. (maybe 30x40)

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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2014, 05:39:00 AM »
It's not my lines. There about 3 times the insulation size of the ones u buy. I built mine. I know the stove is not effiecient. And my house is small but it heats hard. I'd burn a full cord in three weeks to a month when I had the stove inside. And I usually average 1 1/2 full cords a month in my boiler. But not this year. I don't know if the weather last year and this year is really that much of a factor or something with my stove. I was thinking of checking to see if the insulation got wet at some point. Causing it to loose it's R value. But Im thinking old man winter is hungry 😄

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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2014, 06:23:18 AM »
A ranger load lasts 3-5 days burning in an 80's soapstone stove with no oil back up and we know why they wore nite caps to bed in the old days it gets cool in the bed rooms and sometimes the washer freezes which makes a mad Marcia. Gotta love winter!
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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2014, 09:32:03 PM »
we use about a wheelbarrow full a day of mixed, dry oak and maple. that would equate to about a cord every 25 days. more when it hangs in the single digits. we have a forced air wood furnace in the basement. about 1800 sq ft. basement and first floor stays 70-75, the 2nd floor about 60.  this is in nw wisconsin near duluth mn.
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Re: How much wood are you burning?
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2014, 01:34:27 AM »
Jeez, and I thought I had bad when the back of the house is only low 60s at -20* outside.

Even if I don't make a fire over a weekend in winter it will still stay 55-60, takes a while for the house to lose heat.

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« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2014, 06:53:29 AM »
Nate ,how many cd you sell up your way a yr.... You have a clean looking operation. Us flatlanders down in ct sell mostly oak, i personally sell 200-300 a yr.

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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2014, 10:39:12 PM »
I thought I was using too much wood.  E-classic 2400; 1.5 carefully measured cords (192 ft3) of dry ash for month of November.  Only 1 real cold snap here in western PA where lows dipped into the 10s, but overall just slightly below avg. for Nov. I'm heating 4200 sq. ft, 68 F and endless DHW.
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« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2014, 11:18:04 AM »
Nate ,how many cd you sell up your way a yr.... You have a clean looking operation. Us flatlanders down in ct sell mostly oak, i personally sell 200-300 a yr.

We do around 1200 cords a year between the 2 processors plus about that in logs.


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