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« on: August 23, 2005, 09:53:11 PM »
It's dat time of year again, time ta make da firewood.  :)
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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2005, 09:58:54 PM »
 You missed my option.   I like to cook on it.  :D  Slabs make good steaks. ;D
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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2005, 10:05:33 PM »
Start a thread about keepin' warm and we are already on ta food.  :D  But I gotta admitt a good meal in da belly does give ya dat warm feelin'.   :)
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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2005, 10:33:28 PM »
I'm with Tom!

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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2005, 10:45:01 PM »
     I put in a furnace last year after heating totally with wood for 28 years.When it got down to 10 degees I built a fire in the stove and never let it go out till april.You just can,t beat a good wood fire for heat.I imagine with fuel prices goin crazy,a lota people might be lookin into wood heat this year.           
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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2005, 10:55:04 PM »
Well, you kind of left me out too.  We heat with wood at the camp.  We cook with wood at the camp and the trailer.  :D  Right now we heat with propane at the trailer, but are seriously thinking of putting in a wood heater.  The price of propane is getting out of hand during the winter. >:(

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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2005, 11:02:55 PM »
I heat my house, my shop and the kids house next door ;)  I burn LOTSof wood :o
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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2005, 11:47:29 PM »
No choice for me either.  I used to heat entirely with wood.  Now, I never heat with wood.  In the next couple years, I plan on heating with wood again.  Seems to be a love hate thing :D
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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2005, 12:06:44 AM »
I voted 'totally' with wood, but I do have a gas backup that I can switch to if away for more than 8-10 hours.  I heat water and pump the water in three zones in a closed system. Worked well for going on 30 years (where did that time go  ::) ).
There is also wood heat pre-warming cold water in a 30 gal tank on its way to the domestic hot water heater (gas) but with two of us, it handles most of the hot water demand.

Heating with wood has worked out very well for me, and we really miss the wood heat warmth in the house when for some reason the gas system is heating. We can maintain a even 72° F through the winter, which can be -25° F.

Handling split wood on pallets has eliminated a lot of handling of the wood, when stacked on the pallets green from the splitter and dried min. of two years.
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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2005, 08:30:41 AM »
I heat w/ wood and have an oil backup. Forced hot water. also have a fireplace. The shop is heated w/a large wood stove. thinking of adding some thermal storage. for the over nights. also may add some solar.
looking into bio fuels to replace #2 oil.

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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2005, 08:48:32 AM »
I have a fireplace in the living room, woodstoves in the great room and basement. The main heat has always been oil but I hope to burn much more wood this year. Oh yea, wood stove in the shop.

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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2005, 08:55:24 AM »
Current house has a fireplace that we use two or three times a winter, otherwise it's oil all the way, and I hate it.

New house has a Central Boiler unit with propane backup, heating 4300 sf house and hot water, also will be heating a shop and garage with it.  I have too much wood, so it's a logical use.

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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2005, 09:20:07 AM »
I'm with Tom.... My BBQ gives my that warm feeling every time I eat some meat of'n it.

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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2005, 10:33:58 AM »
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Slabs make good steaks.  ;D


I dunno 'bout dat.......

It sounds like ya' would git too much fiber in yer diet eatin' slabs disguised as steaks.  :D

An dey gots to be tough ta' chaw on .......  ::)
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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2005, 11:01:08 AM »
I am thinking about starting to heat with wood also.  I priced propane in our area (Central Okla) and it was 2.07 a gallon, no telling what its going to be this winter. 

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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2005, 11:05:56 AM »
DISCRIMINATION AGAINST TROPICAL PEOPLE!

Where is the option for "We don't need no stinking heat!"  :D

However, for a few years in Ithaca NY, we heated only with wood - we had backup, but we never used it. 8 cords a year if I remember correctly.

Guess what I did on weekends.

We use wood for cooking on the fincas at times and we are looking into using it for a few kilns.
So, how did I end up here anyway?

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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2005, 02:51:42 PM »
 Forced air unit in the house and one in the shop ....   Aint noting like wood heat , I do have electric unit on top of house furnace for back up when we go away .
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« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2005, 02:58:06 PM »
We have geothermal heat but have a woodburner for when there is a power outage.  When It gets in the the teens and lower the geo won't keep up so we used to burn Kero.  When we bought the sawmill figured might as well quite buying the kero and use wood.  Neither of us had used wood heat before.  we like it a lot.
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« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2005, 04:14:19 PM »
I heat entirely with wood.  When I bought my house last summer it only had electric heat, but was set up in the basement for a wood or coal stove  :)  Maybe I am a little stubborn  ::) but I didn't use the electric heat at all last year, even if I just needed to take the chill out of the house.  I burned about five cords last year, and have 4-5 cords ready to burn for this winter. 

My parents always used electric heat.  I gotta say I don't miss being cold one minute, then sweating ten minutes later before the thermostat kicks off  :D 

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Re: Burning wood
« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2005, 04:20:40 PM »
Been burning wood since the seventies. In the first home I had a fireplace with a Heatlator. Wasn’t very efficient.
Next home had a homemade woodstove in the basement.
Where I am now I built a stone enclosure beside the fireplace for a woodstove. We ran duct work from the hot air system to distribute the heat. When it is cold I put the furnace fan control in continues mode and it circulates the heat. 
We leave the furnace on so that when the wood fire goes out the pipes don’t freeze.
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