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Who has not ran an ounce of gas yet?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by smokinj, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. BIGDADDY

    BIGDADDY Feeling the Heat

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    What's a furnace ?
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  2. mfglickman

    mfglickman Minister of Fire

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    me. :)
  3. IanDad

    IanDad Member

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    Propane Jackals need not apply @ mi casa.
  4. dorkweed

    dorkweed Guest

    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!!!!
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  5. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    No gas, only wood. Gas furnace is off.....only for emergencies.
  6. Fire Breathing Dragon

    Fire Breathing Dragon Member

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    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.
  7. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    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
  8. WES999

    WES999 Minister of Fire

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    Me::-)
    "
    "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.
  9. njtomatoguy

    njtomatoguy Feeling the Heat

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    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.
  10. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    6+ years. And counting.
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  11. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    None (zero) for five years.
  12. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    none for 4 years and counting......except for the "test" fire of the furnace, just to knock the dust off of the burners....;)
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  13. JP11

    JP11 Minister of Fire

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    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.

    :)

    JP
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  14. Ash_403

    Ash_403 Member

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    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. ;em

    Last heating season I had it on for maybe five days total. But, that was a pretty easy 'winter' for most of us here.
  15. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    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?
  16. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    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.
  17. fishinpa

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    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.
  18. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    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.
  19. mking7

    mking7 Burning Hunk

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    No propane burned this year (outside of cooking)...but no wood either... :( It's never getting cold here apparently...
  20. JrCRXHF

    JrCRXHF Burning Hunk

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    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.
  21. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Wood mainly this year.
  22. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    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.
  23. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    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.
  24. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    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.
  25. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    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.
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