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Wood burner demographics

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by wg_bent, Sep 2, 2006.

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How old are you

  1. <20

    10.8%
  2. 20-30

    43.1%
  3. 30-40

    24.6%
  4. 40-50

    18.5%
  5. 50-60

    3.1%
  6. >60

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    Wondering what age demographics we have here:

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  2. jabush

    jabush Feeling the Heat

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    Looks as though most here are in the 30-40 range. As I suspected.
  3. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    I think as people get older they opt for pellet burners?
  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Not me pale face. This old fart burns oak pellets. 24" long.

    BTW: I just noticed that somebody checked in on the poll that is older than me. You go guy!
  5. ourhouse

    ourhouse Minister of Fire

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    My dad just turned 71 and he burns 5-6 cord a year. He cuts and splits all of it him self.
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    He is THE man.
  7. Mo Heat

    Mo Heat Mod Emeritus

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    Damn! I didn't realize I was so old!
  8. ourhouse

    ourhouse Minister of Fire

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    He is one though SOB. Did I mention that he has had 4 yes 4 hip replacement surgeries.
  9. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy Minister of Fire

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    I think i will join the Harry Potter forum, and post the same poll.
  10. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Hey, I'm with you guys! I'll hold off as long as I can and burn wood, but as pellet burners get more popular and the price comes down, my old back will love me if I convert to pellets.
  11. smirnov3

    smirnov3 Feeling the Heat

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    You should explain to him that those titanium replacement joints just aren't designed for that kind of wear & tear. :)
  12. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    A bag of pellets is 40 lbs. Not so easy on an old back. Splits can be loaded a stick at a time. Me, I love pellets, but am switching to a heat pump and wood stove this season. This old fart is willing to try new tricks.
  13. Mo Heat

    Mo Heat Mod Emeritus

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    Well... There ya go. He has an unfair advantage. Most of us only have 2 hips. ;)
  14. ourhouse

    ourhouse Minister of Fire

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    Anton he had his first two replaced in the mid 80s. He wore thoes out and in 2001 he had the left replaced. The right one was done 2 years ago.
  15. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    The reason I posted the poll was I was wondering more about the willingness of work of burning wood against the benefit. Probably some financial stuff in there too. Of course a single poll will not tell the story, but I actually expected the 30-40 range to be swapped with the 40-50 range in the numbers. My theory had me thinking the 30-40 crew was less willing to do the work. I stand corrected.
  16. Martin Strand III

    Martin Strand III New Member

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    Whipper Snappers:

    Well, I'm alone in the >60 group but in the past year, with two old but achin' shoulder rotator cuff injuries (Aikido, Judo) and two bad knees (kickin' ass) recently have managed to

    fell, haul, buck, split about 4 - 5 cords of maple, beech, ash and black cherry (each)
    swim across a local inland lake (with my 11 year old son)
    paddle a kayak from Mackinac Island to Traverse City via South Manitou Island (check a MI map out)
    wrestle my 2 Newfies daily and brush their teeth
    help a feller deliver a sailboat, a nice'un, from W Palm Beach (FL) to Huntington (Long Island, NY) with Ernesto breathing hard down our necks
    pick 11 quarts of wild blackberries
    build an outdoor wood shed near the house (not quite done)
    bust and replace the windshield on my tractor cab and
    spread 18 ton (sounds like a lot but isn't) of 6A split rock on my 2-track wet spots

    I live alone, eat alone, work alone (except for 'bout 30 of 65 years) but drink and play with friends.

    I don't have a Mrs., but if I did, she'd be really somethin' (I'd be sure she knew it) and make my puny list above look like small 'taters.

    And when they put me in the box, I want to have done everything (at least once) and expect to look bad. Real bad.
    Just guess I don't want my friends to be sayin' "He looks to good to be dead".

    Now gotta go keep the coyotes from my wild turkeys..

    Aye,
    Marty
  17. K31Scout

    K31Scout Member

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    You are the man Marty! That is one heck of a trip on the big lake. I get nervous on the ferry to Mackinaw Island myself.

    I'm 52 and really enjoy cutting wood and even like splitting it with a maul or wedge up by the garage. I get a lot of satisfaction gazing at my woodpile stacked under the lean to on my garage as it grows throughout the summer. I've got it easy though. I take the mower deck off my Craftsman and pull little trailer I have with it very close to where I'm cutting in the woods. Each trailer load is about 1/3 of a face cord. It's really good exercise.
  18. Drew2

    Drew2 New Member

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    You're only polling those who burn wood and who are computer literate enough to post on a forum on the internet. I think there are plenty of old timers burning wood out there. You just wont find them on these forums.
  19. Marty

    Marty Feeling the Heat

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    This 30-40 is 39 and my first wood burner should be installed by the end of the month... so you can use me to support either position.
  20. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    This is a good point!!!!!
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