When I hear the furnace kick on I......

WoodpileOCD Posted By WoodpileOCD, Dec 2, 2011 at 3:32 AM

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  1. iskiatomic

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    I do believe I am with pen on this one.


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  2. Badfish740

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    Eh...Hoss beat me to it-mine burns regular 'ol wood though...
     
  3. Hogwildz

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    The only time mine comes on is when I make it come on, otherwise, no furnace action here.
    Only once a month test to make sure it operates AS BACK UP to the insert.
     
  4. PapaDave

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    "When I hear the furnace kick on", I must be dreaming. Literally.
    Both of 'em are unplugged with gas turned off.
     
  5. jharkin

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    * ducks for cover *

    At 77 cents a therm I don't freak out when the boiler fires up. I certainly prefer the stove but when I cant burn (either due to work or mild weather) I appreciate the whistle of the radiator vents. Sitting next to a big iron steam radiator isnt too bad.
     
  6. woodmeister

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    the hair on the back of my neck stands up
     
  7. maverick06

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    ugh

    77 cents/therm

    3.75/gal

    Thats
    gas: $7.70 Per Million Btu
    fuel oil: $28.84 Per Million Btu
    Wood (I pay for mine) : $8.75 Per Million Btu
    heat pump (estimate for mine): $16-18 Per Million Btu


    This isnt considering delivery efficiency (mid 80's for natural gas, 82% for my oil burner, I think 72% for the wood stove).

    At those prices... run your natural gas furnace all day long! Wish i could get natural gas at my house...
     
  8. jharkin

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    I exaggerate. There are also delivery charges so I think the total for gas comes out to around $1.15 or $1.20 to the house... Steam boiler is 83% and the stove is 75ish. Its close but wood still has a slight price benefit for me (About half I bought at summer prices $150ish and half I cut).

    Even at break even I would burn wood though :)
     
  9. Adabiviak

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    ...why wouldn't you just turn your furnace off if the thought/cost of using it is problematic? If the wife and I fall asleep before stocking the fireplace up for a nightly burn such that the fire goes out (for example), it's worth the cost not to wake up to a chilly house and have to start a fire just for the 45 minutes it takes to get ready for work.
     
  10. nate379

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    Same here, natural gas runs around $1.15/ccf all said and done.

    I say around $500-600/winter to heat with wood and I keep the house much warmer as well. 68* is "ok" but low 70s is much better.
     
  11. DAKSY

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    know somebody is in the shower...
     
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