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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Ashful, Mar 12, 2013.
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I've noticed that quite a few here don't start burning until Nov. or so, and stop in March or April.
I don't feel quite so bad about using what I use, since we start the last week of Sept., and don't usually stop until at least mid-May.
Burning close to 8 months and using just under 5 cord.
I wonder how many people live in the 4000 sq. ft. house. It would take all day to get from one side of the house to the other. I don't have that much time left.
4ish cord looks to be where I will end up but I will do the math at the end of the season to be sure.
I think it's as much about construction as size. Most of the house is solid stone walls 18" thick, with plaster applied directly to the interior of the stone. That likely provides R-value below 1.0, and they're nicely heat-sunk to the earth. Also, my windows are the original 1770's sashes, in casings last rebuilt ca.1850, although the storm windows make them reasonably efficient. An 1894 addition to the house, two stories of <400 sq.ft. each, seems to be still un-insulated at the first floor level. As to the size of the house, I really don't know how big it is. I've seen numbers quoted by realtors, home inspectors, appraisers... everywhere from 4600 sq.ft. to 6400 sq.ft.
I figure I have used one and a half cords in the Lopi.Only burnt 24 7 for a few days during a cold snap, well California cold snap, overnight lows in the high teens and low twenties and days high thirties.I am blown away how efficient these epa wood stoves are.Working on outside air for next season.
A little over 4 cord here, 2100 sq foot cape in NH. 150 gallons of oil +/-
first year with my oslo and questionable wood at best
I have burnt around 1 1\2 cords, no oil, or gas to the house strictly wood. My electric bill for the past 4 months. Was 138.00. Can't be beat with two sticks from either end.
Considering they are forecasting -17C at night and -8C in the day later this weekend, I won't comment how my winter total quite yet. Ha! However to date I have burned about 3 cords supplemented by electricity (actually the other way around..)
More coals and ash with BW also.
I still think ash is one of the best all around woods to burn though...dries fairly fast .splits easy..good heat and not all that much ash.
3/4 cord, and 407 gallons of propane so far this season to heat 2300sqft. A year below two cords was a light year with my old slammer, this was my first whole season with an EPA insert so I wasn't sure what to expect. Overall that's a huge improvement on the 2 cords , 700+ gallons and some baseboard electric before I got serious about fixing insulation and air sealing problems. Not likely to use much more wood, I expect under 100 gallons will get me to next fall.
About 6 cord and 100 gallons of oil. I expect we will use very little oil from now on, but up to two more cord before we stop.
We heat with a woodfurnace, but around 5.25 cords so far. Our home is a 2400 sqft Victorian. We never turned our lp furnace on, so no gas.
So you will burn 8 cord in Vermont?
Just got everything moved around so I can start splitting and stacking. Had a lot of locust mixed in so was sort of working around that and only burning it when needed so I took a measurement tonight. 2.8 cords so far. That's 24/7 since mid November and just a few fires before that. Second year with the old insert hooked to an insulated liner and the best year yet with this stove since 1992 install.
Yes, we come in pretty consistently at that amount. 3,600 sq ft farmhouse plus full walk-out basement, needs more attic insulation.
I think of the stove as a necessity in the depth of winter, but during the late Spring it is nice to not have to think twice about starting a fire on a cool, damp day.
A lot of the 4000 square foot homes are 1500 feet on the first, main living floor. Bedrooms upstairs. Nice feature: When the weather is simply impossible outside, an inhouse task that requires lots of up and downstairs takes care of the daily exercise without getting boring.
I see..must keep fairly busy loading the stove to burn that much!
We are just into our 4th cord and freaking out as we guesstimated 2-3 cords a year - way off, and only have about a 1/2 cord left of mostly ash with some "freebie" well seasoned black walnut then I'm down the ash we've been css from Sandy. Living in an old stone home, it's damp and chilly until it's 70 outside, we burn pretty much 24/7 Sept thru April, last year even into May. Since I work from home - feed it all day.
We just installed the stove last January so we were new to the burning and way off on our estimates for sure. Needing 4+ cords a year now is going to be a problem as I barely have enough "flat" land to stack about 2 1/2 cords. Living on a vertical acre has its downside when everything is on a 45 degree angle slope!
I barely used oil though, not even 50 gallons so that was a blessing, way over $2k in years past!
7.5 "face" cords used thus far. Considering that the wood is 16" in length, that would be 2.5 full cords. Furnace has not run once all year. Heating 1500 SF in northern NY. A wood stove investment can easily pay for itself in less than two years, depending on wood cost.
17 this morning with 4" of lake effect snow last night. Spring has not quite arrived yet.
I'm at just shy of 3 cords right now. Which is just about right on target for what I've used the last couple of years.
I'm at exactly 3 cords so far, burning since the end of September. I should be at about 3.5 for the year when all is said and done. The only propane we've burned was the two weekends we were away. First full year with the new stove and very pleased.
Sounds like the Progress sipped wood Nice to hear!
Living where I do with the house I have, I can't see doing any better.
I think burning since September you did fine on your wood usage..