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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by smokinj, Nov 15, 2012.
What's a furnace ?
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Propane Jackals need not apply @ mi casa.
My furnace is technically "on"....................but it's not "clicked on" at all so far this heating season
And that's been using box elder and ash mainly as needed
Lovin' my Englander 13NC..........................it's the cat's dupa IMHO At least for my 1100sq.ft. house!
No gas, only wood. Gas furnace is off.....only for emergencies.
Used gas only this year for cooking but soon we will be using the stove partially for that too. For heat it has been 100% wood the thermostats are turned off and the wiffie LOVES the wood heat. Thanks to you guys I am couple years ahead on the fuel supply.
I am here in SC but nothing but wood in the insert so far. Last year I did not use anything other than wood heat either, here in upstate SC
"Fired" the oil man about 4 years ago, have not purchased any oil since then.
Still have about 100 gl in the tank.
Recently finished replacing the oil tank, have not had a chance to turn it on to test it,
probably should do it soon.
Last winter the furnace only turned on a few times, doubt I used more than a few gallons.
My little Regency does a pretty good job heating my house, considering it's size.
Furnace has been OFF since 2009.
Noticed something with my stove the other day, went to fire up the furnace, and the blower motor is siezed.
I do have an oil filled electric portable radiator. I use it as a backup when very cold.
All wood here.
Gas for cooking and hot water.
6+ years. And counting.
None (zero) for five years.
none for 4 years and counting......except for the "test" fire of the furnace, just to knock the dust off of the burners....
Ok.. I'm a slacker. Or.. I guess the wife was.
I've burned 1.9 hours on the oil boiler since october.
BUT.. .3 of that was on purpose after I cleaned it.. I had to let it switch over. Then I guess one other quick burn when I was testing my fix for a stuck aquastat on my storage.
I've not had my furnace (NG) turned on at all this heating season. And, I don't plan to...unless I can't help it, or get lazy.
Last heating season I had it on for maybe five days total. But, that was a pretty easy 'winter' for most of us here.
I was deer hunting last week and the wife did good but the furnace ran a few hours. We'll be gone over the holidays so the furnace will also run for those times when we're away.
I don't mind it running now and then, a few bucks ain't gonna hurt me in any way. I also have to use the propain for DHW so unless I install an electric HW heater I'll always burn some propain.
I can't believe how many people have no use in years. Do you guys winterize your homes when you travel during the winter or do you just always stay home?
None...until last night. I returned from an all night drive back from Texas and fell fast asleep during the Bears game, before I could build a fire.
100% wood so far!
Our oil furnace has not run this season, I did replace the exhaust flu due to it's age and condition as general/necessary maintenance. I did test fire it and the exhaust was a bit sooty. I have a maintenence scheduled because the furnace will be needed eventually.
I will proudly add that since our wood stove was installed, we averaged a little under 1/4 of a 275 gallon per winter. We 'were' using about 300 to 400 gallons prior to the Wood stove install.
At this point the wood stove has completely paid for itself and we are in the black over it. When I say wood stove I am including the stove purchase, insulated flu liner + install, chain saw, log splitter, etc.
Don't you just love looking back on old oil bills and seeing what you use to pay?
I have a spreadsheet of energy bills that I even highlighted the months I added insulation, different window air conditioner, installation of the stove, etc. so I can see (roughly) what these improvements did to reduce the utility bills.
I think by this time next year our stove will have paid for itself.
No propane burned this year (outside of cooking)...but no wood either... It's never getting cold here apparently...
I have burned a little in the Triangle tube boiler but you can't help it when you are on the road and no one is home. But i set the house to run at 50F so it can't be that much.
That and i have a NG dryer that i run a couple times a week.
Wood mainly this year.
rdust. If I am home, at least for the last 40 years, the furnace is turned off. But like you when I leave, I set the furnace on about 65. That's what it is there for.
Well I'm out . . . I lost the contest . . . I am no longer master of my own domain . . . temps were good last night when I went to bed so I didn't bother with starting a fire in the relatively cool stove . . . I woke up this morning to the distinctive smell of burning dust on the radiator fins . . . which of course served as motivation to get the fire back up and going.
10 hearth.com demerits for you Jake. You had me there for a minute, I thought you were going to say your wife took over the stove 'cause you failed.
It's a 50-50 partnership with my wife and I . . . we both run the stove about as much as each other. When I'm home and around and she's at work I run it . . . and when I'm gone or at work she runs it . . . works out well as we're usually able to burn 24-7 in this fashion. I just figured last night the house would hold the heat until the morning . . . I was wrong.