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Yet another poll. Do you need to heat with wood?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by ckarotka, Dec 9, 2010.

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How many of us could afford to heat without wood but don’t?

  1. I would live in a van down by the river without my woodstove.

    8.1%
  2. I make my servants load the stove with gold plated woodstove tools.

    25.3%
  3. The budget is tight, wood heat allows some extras for my family.

    66.7%
  4. I don’t have to heat with wood or go broke but do because I like it.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. karl

    karl Minister of Fire

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    You really need to add a category.

    The wood stove allows the house to be warm enough that there is harmony between the spouses.

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  2. gregp553

    gregp553 New Member

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    I only burn my insert on weekends and other days I'm not working. Like two weeks during late December. Without calculating average temperatures or other data, my natural gas bills were simply $600 less for Nov.- March last year compared to prior year. Regardless of what the actual savings are, I know I saved money so I'll keep doing it. And the cat, dog and my wife enjoy the den more than they ever have before. So do I. I heat with wood because I can.
  3. woodchip

    woodchip Minister of Fire

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    I answered number 3 but it isn't as simple as that.........

    We are warmer with wood as we could not afford the gas bills the way they were going (our wood is free, just the cost of my time in sawing and chopping).

    The additional benefit is that we can use the gas central heating as a back up, and it is not wearing the gas boiler out as it gets used far less.

    But to be honest, if all other things were equal, and I had to buy wood, I would not enjoy heating any other way.

    Is there anything better in life than going out and collecting your own fuel, storing it, and then burning it. It must be a basic caveman thing.......

    Coming indoors after a day outside in the cold, I cannot imagine standing in front of some soulless radiator and instantly feeling warm and cosy.
  4. Cearbhaill

    Cearbhaill Feeling the Heat

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    Yeah, need another category :)
    I could pay for the furnace to handle everything- it would hurt but I could do it.
    But but no matter how high I cranked it I would not feel nearly as warm and cozy in the rooms where I spend 80% of my time as I do with the wood.
    Mostly I do it because I love the type of heat it provides, so my motivation is not economic.
    Maybe 30% economic and 70% comfort.

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