World Famous Annual "How I Heat With Wood" Poll

downeast Posted By downeast, May 18, 2013 at 7:58 AM

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How do you wood heat ?

Poll closed May 28, 2013.
  1. 99%-100% Wood Heat== NO or tiny BTUs fossil fuel burnt.

    59.8%
  2. Almost all wood heating "Up From" 55 F to 65 F; Delta BTUs. Central fossil furnace needed.

    30.5%
  3. Entertainment/weekend/romance wood use only.

    9.8%
  4. Don Need No Stinkin' Wood: filthy, kills trees, pollutes.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. jeff_t

    jeff_t
    Minister of Fire 2.
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    Sep 14, 2008
    4,151
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    Loc:
    SE MI
    The only time my furnace comes on is when we're gone for more than two days.

    I finally fixed it last fall. For a few years up until then, I'd have to arrange for somebody to stay over or stop in to keep the fire going.

    I turned it on one morning a couple of weeks ago.
     
  2. WES999

    WES999
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    Jan 12, 2008
    991
    269
    Loc:
    Mass north of Boston
    I think about the only time the furnace turned on, was when I specifically turned it on to
    make sure it was working OK.:cool:
     
  3. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart
    Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division 2.
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    Nov 18, 2005
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    Northern Virginia
    Your turn.
     
  4. blades

    blades
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    Nov 23, 2008
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    yep same here
     
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  5. downeast

    downeast
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    No, yours B².
    How much oil...the whole truth.:confused:

    Our wood burning C.V. is in many posts. Too boring to repeat.
     
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart
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    Nov 18, 2005
    32,536
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    Northern Virginia
    Everybody else probably feels the same way. If you can't be bothered, neither can I.
     
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  7. tomahawk

    tomahawk
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    May 13, 2013
    54
    54
    Loc:
    Skagit County, WA
    Only other choice for me in my house are the wall heaters, no furnace to fall back on.. First month in the house the electric bill was almost $400! The wood stove was installed after that I have never looked back.
     
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  8. jdp1152

    jdp1152
    Minister of Fire 2.
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    Oct 4, 2012
    782
    266
    Loc:
    Massachusetts
    Run one or the other insert pretty much evenings and weekends all winter unless I'm not going to be around. Occasionally run them both. I use duct work with a whole house humidifier to move it around. In theory, I can heat my space pretty well with just wood, which is by design in case electricity goes out. No real desire to heat solely with wood, but that is primarily because of the cost of running the new system is pretty low.
     
  9. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Minister of Fire 2.
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    Feb 14, 2007
    27,815
    7,367
    Loc:
    Michigan
    Our furnace has not run for a long time now. Of course, we took it out about 34 years ago so it can't run. Wood heat for 100% and happy with it.
     
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  10. StihlHead

    StihlHead
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    100% wood heat here, the electric furnace is broken. But... that said, the refrigerator is a heat pump, and dumps warm air into the house to keep the inside cold. The oven and stove also get used, and they heat with electricity. I also have an electric blanket and a hot water heater. The light bulbs give off heat as well.

    But aside from that, I have "100%" wood heat here.
     
  11. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq
    Minister of Fire 2.
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    Jan 31, 2011
    716
    341
    Loc:
    Long Island, NY
    I run the furnace for about 15 minutes once a month just to make sure it is in working condition. Normal heat is the wood stove, keeps the house in the low to mid-70s. During really cold spells it is supplemented with the wood/coal stove downstairs. Long weekends away are covered by a coal fire downstairs. We leave the thermostat set at 60 degrees. It did not click on once this (or last) winter.

    KaptJaq
     
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  12. raybonz

    raybonz
    Minister of Fire 2.
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    Feb 5, 2008
    6,210
    1,036
    Loc:
    Carver, MA.
    I do have an oil FHW furnace which I use for DHW via the tankless coil but I have not run it for heat in several years..

    Ray
     
  13. webby3650

    webby3650
    Master of Fire 2.
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    Sep 2, 2008
    6,326
    1,505
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Only wood here. No furnace at all, only electric ceiling heat :confused: that is unhooked at the breaker box.
     
  14. fossil

    fossil
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    Sep 30, 2007
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    So is this whole exercise.
     
  15. webby3650

    webby3650
    Master of Fire 2.
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    Sep 2, 2008
    6,326
    1,505
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Am I missing something here?
     
  16. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart
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    Nov 18, 2005
    32,536
    9,713
    Loc:
    Northern Virginia
    A problem I have with these polls. Wanting info from everybody else and not starting by giving your own.

    Homework assignments.
     
  17. webby3650

    webby3650
    Master of Fire 2.
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    Sep 2, 2008
    6,326
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    Loc:
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    Ahh. I understand
     
  18. WellSeasoned

    WellSeasoned
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    98 % wood heat. The other 2% is if the oil turns on around 5am and it 5 deg out with wind, I jump out of bed for a reload. That furnace kicking in is a horrible unacceptable sound round here :)
     
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  19. Coog

    Coog
    Burning Hunk 2.
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    Aug 28, 2012
    167
    50
    Loc:
    North West Illinois
    Can I be precarious too and not tell anyone just for fun? Sorry, stirring the pot....couldn't resist.

    I fit in the second category. Furnace does not run much but it is there and set at a target temp. Insurance company would not have it any other way. Growing up, Mom and Dad had electric ceiling heat set at 50 degrees. It ran a little.
     
  20. Coog

    Coog
    Burning Hunk 2.
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    Aug 28, 2012
    167
    50
    Loc:
    North West Illinois
    Wait a second, I did not read the poll listing all of the way through. Can I change my answer to "romance wood use only"?
     
  21. webby3650

    webby3650
    Master of Fire 2.
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    Sep 2, 2008
    6,326
    1,505
    Loc:
    Indiana
    We did to growing up. My mom said it was no too hard on the electric bill. I used it in 2 rooms on low while running the Oslo as hard as it would go and still had a $400 E-bill. Thats when we quit using it.
     
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  22. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover
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    Dec 25, 2010
    7,376
    2,105
    Loc:
    Southern IN
    We have gone 100% solar heat. Until October. ==c
     
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  23. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart
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    Nov 18, 2005
    32,536
    9,713
    Loc:
    Northern Virginia
    Five quarts a year in oil changes in the truck, a gallon of two stroke oil and a gallon of bar oil.
     
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  24. Coog

    Coog
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    Aug 28, 2012
    167
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    Loc:
    North West Illinois
    Ya, not the most efficient way of heating. For starters, it is radiant heat in the ceiling.
     
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