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How much did you invest in order to burn wood, and save money? Where is your break even?

Post in 'The Gear' started by mywaynow, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

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    People's time is worth something but most people can't just work more hours and make more money. Myself I enjoy being outdoors and having fun with power tools beyond just the savings.

    Savings wise:

    Pipe - $700 (Liner, Cap, Adapter)
    Quadrafire 3100i - $1300
    Chainsaws - $1300
    Pickup - $1900
    Englander 13NCL - $313
    Class A Chimney Pipe - $580

    Yearly I save at least $1300-1500 on Natural gas if not more and I've been burning 7+ Years now

    Of course this doesn't include gas/time/food ect.

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  2. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    I've spent probably $3000 on the insert, liner, original install, saw, 2 mauls, a wedge, and whatever else after the tax breaks.

    We've saved about $7,000 in oil in 2 1/12 years of burning wood. So I'm in the black about $4000. And we're warmer than ever. Not to mention its just fun.

    What a a blessing it has been to our family.
  3. RORY12553

    RORY12553 Minister of Fire

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    How big is your house?
  4. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    My house is only 2000sf. I heat 1700 sf with wood. The other 300 sf or so is an apartment that is still heated with the oil burner. My house is super drafty and very difficult to keep warm. During winter months I used to burn 200+ gallons of oil per month.
  5. RORY12553

    RORY12553 Minister of Fire

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    WOW! Maybe look into plugging up some of those leaks over the summer and putting more insulation in. This is my first year burning and I do enjoy it but i'm ready to be done and get out of winter.
  6. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    I am sealing the house up little by little. Each year I take on another project and tighten it up a little more.

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