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How many cords do you burn per winter?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by mtcates, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. eba1225

    eba1225 Feeling the Heat

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    With my Lopi Declaration which I run 24/7 from late Oct until Early Apr I go through about 4 cords.
    I have to say the wood is a mix of whaterver.....Oak, Locust, Poplar and a little Pine...most in really good shape but some can be punky.

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  2. Wallyworld

    Wallyworld Member

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    Probably burn close to 3 cords, maybe 2.5 because its been so warm here in Maine. Have 2, Sunshine stoves, made in Maine, take a 2 foot stick, brick lined and made of 1/4 boiler plate. These stoves rule. Generally only run 1 unless its below 0 for a long period of time. Use some oil in the fall and spring, other than that run one stove 24/7. 73 in the house right now, filled the stove last night, still plenty of coals, rake them forward, throw a couple of sticks in and away we go. Main part of the house is R40 ceiling, R27 walls, new addition 16 by 24 is R54 ceiling R42 walls. House faces south with plenty of glass on south side, none on north side and little on east and west sides.
  3. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    reading this thread is kind of funny. the people in the southern states are using more wood than the people more north of them.
  4. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    About 1800 poorly insulated square feet. Looks like we will burn about 4 cords of mostly Cherry and Black Locust. There was some Ash, Birch, and Oak too. The Fireview has been going 24/7 since early November. The stove is on the main floor. Stove room and upstairs are always mid 70s. The other end of the main floor has been cool. I have some insulation work to do this summer and I have to get a better (quieter) fan to move the heat around a little better downstairs.
  5. karl

    karl Minister of Fire

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    It's been really cold down here this year. Also, look at the house size. Down this way 1700 square feet is a garage, not the whole house.
  6. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    i wish my garage was 1700 sq. it would be a dream come true.
  7. andybaker

    andybaker Feeling the Heat

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    This year 4 - 5 cord. Been burning 24/7 since Nov. up to about a week ago. Burned nearly all Ash this year with a little Hickory. I use to go through about 6 cord before learning so much about seasoned wood thanks to you all. Properly seasoned wood is the only way to go with these newer burners.
  8. JotulOwner

    JotulOwner Feeling the Heat

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    It is looking like I will burn a total of 1.5 cords by the end of this Season. I have burned as much as three cords in past years, but I credit better wood, gained experience, and all the info I obtained from this site for the improvements.

    I have 1500SF on two floors. I burn evenings on weekdays and all day weekends when it is very cold (below 30 degrees is very cold around here).
  9. pteubel

    pteubel Feeling the Heat

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    About 5 cord by season's end. 150 gal oil since Oct. 09 (hot water). Thermostat set for 70 but house temp rarely falls below 76 regardless of outside temps. Yes, we like it warm.
  10. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Normally we are about a 3 cord per winter household for our old farmhouse. But given the fluctuations of climate it's hard to say. This winter we may end up burning only 2 cords.
  11. 76ER

    76ER New Member

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    I'm heating an 800 sq. ft bungalow that is pre WW1. No insulation in the walls just in the attic..(double brick)...I am burning in a Legend from Drolet (24-7) and will use 8 face chords this yr. The mix is oak, maple and ash. I don't have one of those fancy thing-a-majigs that measures moisture content but have the "melon knock' and "pick it up" feel for how dry my wood is. I have been burning for 4 seasons now and this has been the best yet. I have only had the furnace (forced air) on a few times and only when the mercury has risen. Pretty drafty place but plan on adding an OAK for next year. The gas man hates me but I still send Xmas cards. Cheers all!

    Ian
  12. Vic99

    Vic99 Minister of Fire

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    3.5 cords in Fireview 24/7 Nov.-Feb. . . . . 1-2 fires/day shoulder season. . . . . . . Previously 4.5 cords with Hearthstone Homestead.

    1500 ish sq ft. Insulation average or better throughout the house.

    Half of my wood was less than ideal this season. Expect to do even better next year.
  13. Hurricane

    Hurricane Minister of Fire

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    I am at about 3.5 cords so far. The stove is cold right now because it is going to mid 50's here these days. Been burning 24/7 since mid November to about a week ago, before that nights and cold spells in the fall. Some of my wood has not been great but most of it was decent, no sizzling this winter and a clean flue. I joined here last winter and learned about benefits of properly seasoned wood, so I will not have my 2 year seasoned wood until next winter. I am burning more since I ducted the heat to my wife's work area downstairs. My upstairs where the insert is is about 2400 sq ft and downstairs heated area is about 1000 sq ft. Walls are insulated well, newer windows but the attic needs a insulation tune up. I have 16 non insulate recessed lights that need replacing. Insert is a Quadrafire 5100i insert in a masonry fireplace.
  14. John_M

    John_M Minister of Fire

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    Five year old, well insulated and tight, 1700 sq.ft. ranch with full basement. Stove is new so I started break-in fires during early September to "learn the ropes" before the real burning season. Have burned about 3.5 cords so far and have about .25 cord remaining. This will last through March. I will also have burned about 400 gals of propane from late April, 2009 thru late April 2010. In the previous five years I have burned about 1200 gals of propane during this same time period.

    Have about 2 cords of cherry ready to split but this most recent 30" snowfall has prevented any wood processing. One of these weeks, hopefully sooner rather than later, I will receive a load of logs equal to about 8 cords. Hope to all this bucked, split and stacked by the end of May or sooner. Love four season upstate NY and looking foward to a wonderful spring with lots of mowing. John_M
  15. 70marlin

    70marlin New Member

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    24/7, 1200 sq ft. house built in 92, 2" x 6" walls and well insulated. Un-finished poured wall walk out basement. The house has lot of cold spots and I just deal with it, and a spare bed room that could be a meat locker!!! Hearth Stone tribute my little stove will only take like a 15" log I prefer a 12" it just easier to get in the stove. I'm very confused on cord verse face cord? I never had 4" high rows last season I burned 9 rows of mixed hard woods 7' X 15" X 8' I store the wood in my pole barn so I need to maximize my space. I can't wait to get a head of the game on my wood supply and final get it seasoned properly! I now have 11 pick up loads of rounds of mixed hardwoods. (Hickory, White oak, Cherry, Rock maple and Walnut) with more to come. As soon as the back yard hardens up I'll start splitting.
  16. John_M

    John_M Minister of Fire

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    marlin, Let me attempt to clarify what you rightly describe as a confusing topic. A cord of wood contains 128 cubic feet of wood. Many states have a very clear description of how wood must be stacked, etc. to meet that legal description. The most common way most people measure a cord is a stack of wood 4' wide x 4' high x 8' long. If all the wood in that stack is 16" long, your stack would be 4' high x 4' wide x 8' long. Multiply 4' x 4' x 8' to find a volume of 128 cu. ft. or one full cord of wood.

    Each of your rows was 7' x 1.25' x 8'. Multiply those numbers 7' x 1.25' x 8' and you get 70. That is 70 cubic feet of wood in each of your rows. You had 9 of those rows, so 70 cu. ft. x 9 rows equals 630 cubic feet of wood. Divide the total cubic feet of all your wood (630) by the number of cubic feet in a cord (128) and you get 630/128 = 4.92 cords. So, last season you burned 4.92 cords of wood. That's pretty darned close to 5 cords of wood. To check how many cords you have stacked in your pole barn, multiply the (height of the stack) X (width of the stack) X (length of the stack) to find the total cubic feet of wood in the stack. Divide the total cubic feet of wood in the stack by the number of cubic feet in a cord (128) and you will know how many cords you have stacked in the pole barn.

    Using terms like "campfire cord", "face cord", "vacation cord", "rick", etc. to describe an amount of wood is meaningless because there is no acceptable standard definition of those terms. The wood burning regions of our great nation have their own interpretation of what "face cord", "rick" and all those other non-legal terms mean. It is generally accepted by honorable people that a cord of wood contains 128 cubic feet of wood. If someone starts talking to you about "campfire cords", "face cords", "ricks", or any other kinds of cords, and money is about to change hands, make darned certain you know exactly what he/she means by those terms. I have the impression that most serious wood burners are good and honest people and will go out of their way to be fair. But, as you know, there is always a group of ten percenters who are out for a quick buck and do not care how they get it. Honesty and integrity are meaningless terms to those people.

    Hope all this helped a little. Also hope your back yard hardens up pretty quickly so you can get to splitting. John_M

    Edit: the 1.25' referred to in measuring your wood is to divide the length of your wood (15") by the number of inches in one foot (12"). So, 15" /12" equals 1.25'
  17. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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  18. VCBurner

    VCBurner Minister of Fire

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    6 cords. 1760ft. heated. Including 760ft. of unfinished basement (heat sucker!) Wasted lots of wood, learning the ins and outs and burning in the antique stove in the living room. Next year, I expect 4-5, now that I've got the hang of it! We will be heating a total of 2000ft. Older windows w/ storms and doors. Good insullation on the main floor.
  19. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    5-6 cord + 1 ton of coal every year burning pretty much 24/7 from mid Oct to mid April then occasional fires early fall and late spring. At the most 50 gallon of propane used yearly. 1700 sq feet , well insulated.
  20. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    hi exactLEE do you have a coal stove? if not how do you burn coal in a woodstove?
  21. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    Wood/coal furnace.
  22. 70marlin

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    John_m & LLigetfa thanks a bunch you've been a big help!
  23. John_M

    John_M Minister of Fire

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    LL, I was hoping someone would clarify and simplify my wordy explanation. Your link does just that. Thank you and best wishes, John_M
  24. ColdNH

    ColdNH Minister of Fire

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    I am guessing I will burn 3-4 cords this upcomming winter, only have about a month of experience with my stove and no seriously cold weather during that time, but with a well insulated 1600 sq foot cape, including the basement where the stove is located, i think a cord a month during the coldest months will suffice.
  25. dlpz

    dlpz New Member

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    Burned about six face cords. Successfully did not run the furnace, however on one side of the house we have a gas fireplace and have a gas water heater, so we consumed some amount of gas. Cut our NIMO bill in half. Just pisses me off that my delivery charges are twice more than my usage!! 1500 sq ft ranch, Englander NC30

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