"I'm Truly Committed to Heating With Wood" Poll

downeast Posted By downeast, Sep 7, 2008 at 12:16 PM

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How Much Wood Heat Do I DO ?

  1. 24/7 Wood Heat with NO Fossil Fuel Backup

    70.7%
  2. Fossil Thermostat set @ 55 F, Wood "Up From" 55 F

    7.3%
  3. Fossil Fuels: Wood for Morning and Evening Fires Only

    1.2%
  4. Most Fossil: Wood for Romance and Weekends

    18.9%
  5. Fossil Fuel Shut Off Completely: Wood Heat EXCEPT When Away for Awhile

    1.8%
  6. Forget Wood Heating: Too Much Work, Pollutes, Dirty

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. I Just Like HearthNet Chatting

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. sweetheat

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    Proud to say 24/7 with no backup at all anywhere. since 1984 to boot. My daughter and son-in-law up the road is completly off the grid. sweetheat
     
  2. RedRanger

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    Oil boiler thermostat is set at 15C for overnite and rarely comes on. I run the old boiler about 3 times a week for a 40-50 minute cycle to get heat to the far extremities too fend off the mould. Burned 75 gallons last year. and 6 cords of softwood.
     
  3. johnnywarm

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    Sep 12, 2007
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    #2
     
  4. njtomatoguy

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    Pilot off, as long as possible.
    Usually all wood, only put furnace into service when very cold. Last yr,had pilot lit 2 weeks,
    kept at 50 as backup, came home from work on lunch to fill stove.
     
  5. BrotherBart

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    I don't own any stoves or wood. I just make this stuff up so that I can hang out on hearth.com. I live in Virginia. We don't have winter here.
     
  6. begreen

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    :lol: Don't forget the Yugo!
     
  7. downeast

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    The man is correct: 87% of electric power in Washington is generated by hydro. The carbon cost is substantial however. Remember: "matter can neither be created nor destroyed" (Superman and AlGore excluded).
    The following:
    1. Dams take decades., 1000's of tons of concrete and building materials, earth moving equipment, and manpower ( food, waste, transport, housing). And paper pushing.

    2. The power generated has to get to the users: plenty of energy for construction and transmission. Ever look at a power transformer ?

    3. Greens boasting about "no-fossil" use still have to buy those "free" heat pumps; more energy for manufacture. This ain't no stinkin rocket science. There is no free lunch. Repeat: "there is no free lunch."

    Yes, we use oil for our chainsaws, our skidders and ATV's, our splitters. We do the best we can. It ain't bad.
     
  8. begreen

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    True dat. But heating with wood takes gas to cut the tree, gas to move the tree, gas to split it. Lots of watts to run the furnaces that cast those stoves, made that steel and trucked the millions of stoves out there too. And then there is this old fossil that is stacking it and feeding the stove. Agreed, no such thing as a free lunch.
     
  9. fossil

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    If you already know all the answers for all of us, downeast...why are you asking the question? %-P Rick
     
  10. downeast

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    Damn Rickey, it is lonely being right.
    Rhetoric may be above your pay grade.
    What's the question ? :ahhh:
     
  11. JAmuso

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    Aug 24, 2008
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    1st year burning.... will burn as much as possible. ZOne 1 down stairs off....Zone 2 upstairs set to 55 - maybe run it a bit in the am before work if it's too cold...need furnace for hot water...goal is to go from 600 gal oil to 200 this winter...
     
  12. BrotherBart

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    If you have the right wood that Regency is going to take over. The oil man is gonna have to find a new line of work.
     
  13. Randyb

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    Jul 27, 2008
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    Completely dedicated, even the power plant up the highway is wood fired, so I like to think my electrons come from there. Of course if they went nuke I'd have more wood available. Anyone know if those plants check their moisture levels? Otherwise, as with others, with the money invested plan to be only wood. I will be hooking relays up to the FHW to ensure no pipe freezing, just in case though.
     
  14. BrotherBart

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    I live in Virgina. We don't have pipes either.
     
  15. JAmuso

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    Aug 24, 2008
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    thanks BrotherBart....that is the plan..i'm new to this so setting reasonable expectations. I have 3 plus cords of wood plus 1/2 ton of bio-bricks. The wood is hard wood and is seasoned....all i'm doing now is stacking and waiting for the install....after that see how long we can go before it's too dang cold!
     
  16. woodconvert

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    24/7 with no fossil. We have propane and use 200gal per year for the water heater and cooking stove but 100% of the heat comes from the wood stove.*

    * (the wife works at home and that makes 100% heating possible....i'm lucky and realise that)
     
  17. fossil

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    Yeah, I guess maybe it is. I interviewed for your paygrade, but they told me I was neither arrogant nor condescending enough for the job. So, I just retired. Rick
     
  18. BJ64

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    Liar Liar, pants on fire. :)
     
  19. BrotherBart

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    Direct hit. No survivors and no collateral damage. :coolgrin:
     
  20. drhiii

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    24/7. Only kick the furnace to circulate air. The goal is to NOT turn the furnace on unless absolutely necessary. A serious game that I win all the time. Fuel bill is never more than $20/mo in the winter, and that is the gas stove and gas water heater. True that I use petrol to go and harvest the wood, but it vastly offsets the real heat delivered into the home that would NEVER be attained by forced air.
     
  21. downeast

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    Lots of thin skins around.

    Real query for the poll is: in areas where there is a sustainable, renewable resource of woodlands, why don't more use it ?

    Most regions in North America have more harvestable forest now than before WWII. For those who go the route by harvesting their own, it develops a healthy forest, super exercise, opportunity for learning skills in Forestry Science and chainsaw use, and provides a truly green energy source. Not the card sharking "carbon credits". Firewood buyers create a market and jobs for those who buy their firewood and don't want to harvest and process .

    So the real question is: why not more ? Except for Vermont, no state government encourages or tax credits wood heating. Our propane tankless water heater is on the list. Expensive solar panels are. Not our wood stoves.
     
  22. crazy_dan

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    As for me it is 100% no back up.
    NO wood = NO heat
    Whats the carbon foot print of a nuclear power plant?
     
  23. Tfin

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    I Fill stove around 6:30am when I leave and it keeps the house above 62F until sometime around 3:30-4pm when I get home from work. T-stat is set at 62F, so the boiler might kick on during the coldest days for 14 or 20 min. Electric water heater now takes care of the DHW.....other than that its 24/7 burning for this Mainah!
     
  24. HearthKB

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    Aug 3, 2008
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    First year burning wood. Planning to burn 24/7 with the oil burner thermostat set at 67 for backup. I have two heating zones, one upstairs where the bedrooms are and one downstairs where the family hangs out during the day. My home is 1950 sq ft so it all depends on how well the Fireview can heat the upstairs. If the heat reaches upstairs and it can stay a comfortable temperature, I will be using my oil heat for hot water purposes only. Wish me luck!!!
     
  25. bluewater_1993

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    This is pretty much my intention. If I can do 24/7 with wood, I'll do it, but I have a feeling a couple of the furthest corners of the house (kids rooms) may need a little help from the oil furnace.
     
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