Anyone else still burning wood?

WiscWoody Posted By WiscWoody, Apr 8, 2019 at 8:57 PM

  1. WiscWoody

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    We still have a lot of snow up here and I’m still burning wood for heat yet especially since my furnace has been out for the last few months now. I just looked at our forecast and the lows will be in the low 20’s for the next 8 nights with one of them at 20 for a low and a winter storm with 8-10 inches of snows in the mix also. I’m ready for spring myself but last year spring didn’t come until mid May so what goes around comes back around I guess.
     
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  2. thewoodlands

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    We're still burning and it looks like the weather won't change anytime soon. We'll burn what wood we have inside and call it a year, if we have to we'll burn some oil.
     
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  3. peakbagger

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    I am awfully tempted. The warm weather is 120 miles away but I am on the cold side of the weather pattern.
     
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  4. Doug MacIVER

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    Seems as though we have saved more oil with burning deep into shoulder season. We burn a small Jotul F100, it really does a great job in 40-60 degree weather. Since we are 10 miles inland when we have east winds off the water like the last couple days, we get stuck in the 40's. We burn brick and use $2.50-3.50 per day. Savings surely aren't much, but love wood heat. We still have to heat some 1500 sq. ft in the in-law apt. The Mar-May bill still uses 125-170 gals.
     
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  5. SpaceBus

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    We got several inches of snow yesterday and last night. We will probably burn into May or June this year
     
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  6. vinny11950

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    YIKES
     
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  7. blades

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    1-3" snow on the way here- challenge now is to find enough wood in my stash that is not soaked from the last 8 months rain sleet ice snow. will be burning likely into May, One year was middle of June
     
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  8. johneh

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    It is below 0::C here now and they say we will have 10 to 15 cm of snow
    today the pellet stove and the wood furnace are still on and expect they
    will be until at least the end of April and then used as needed in May.
    Around here we have 8 months of winter and 4 months of almost winter;lol
     
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  9. Alpine1

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    25 cm of snow yesterday, rain forecasted all week. Lows around 2C and highs 6C
    The wood cooker/boiler is up and running (and with stew on it!)
     
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  10. firefighterjake

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    Still burning . . . but that's normal. I usually figure on it being late April or early May when the last fire is lit. At least it's the shoulder season and that means only one or two fires are needed each day.
     
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  11. Alpine1

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    Ehe
    heheh here we say we have 10 cold months and the remaining two very very fresh
     
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  12. thewoodlands

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    We have rain with some of it freezing on north of here, the trucks are salting the roads and yes we're burning some maple.
     
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  13. SpaceBus

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    Wow, for a time I lived just close enough to see the alps on the horizon. I can't imagine living in those mountains!
     
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  14. begreen

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    Yes, they showed some pictures on the news last night. I like Maine in the summer but winter there is not my cup of tea.
     
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  15. SpaceBus

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    This winter was hard for us because we weren't prepared. Next winter will be different since we enjoy winter activities and we will have the equipment at the start of the season. The summer really is special here and worth the harsh winter. We considered living in the PNW but the high costs dissuaded us. The privacy created by the harsh Maine winter is great. I think within 15 miles of my house in any direction there are only 5,000 residents, but I don't know if that includes year round residents.
     
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  16. Chimney Smoke

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    This winter in most of Maine was pretty tame. Up north they had a record snowfall year but most of the state was at or below normal snowfall. And we didn't have any really cold temps either. I think I only saw below zero temps a few times. The previous 3-4 years there were many -10-25 days here in southern Maine. I have been burning a bit of oil but still having fires at night. Sleet pellets pinging the windows right now. Supposed to be 65 Saturday.
     
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  17. SpaceBus

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    That's what the locals told me. The coast had tons of ice built up. My wife and I joke about the glaciers, especially on the north side of the house. We have been told that aside from the ice, which is tough for new people, it was a milder winter.
     
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  18. begreen

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    There are parts of the state that are quite affordable and accessible. I have a friend with 40 acres and 2 dwellings that pays a lot less property tax than we do for 2 acres.
     
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  19. Doug MacIVER

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    While you pay 0% income tax, Mainiacs pay
    http://www.tax-rates.org/maine/income-tax

    more info: 2. Hawaii and Maine

    Hawaii
    Top tax rate: 11 percent.
    Hawaii also holds the second place spot for sales/excise tax collection per capita, taking $2,394 on average.

    Maine
    Middle class tax rate: 8.5 percent.
    Including federal taxes, Maine’s total marginal income tax rate is 51.8 percent.
    that is from, https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/states-that-take-most-in-income-taxes

    Maine more costly than Wa. by some 2.5% https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/a-comparison-state-tax-rates.html

    Just to be fair, this makes it look like there is a clear winner. MAINE! https://www.bestplaces.net/cost-of-living/portland-me/seattle-wa/150000
     
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  20. SpaceBus

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    In reality the applicable tax rates for most folks is less than 6% in Maine. It's actually lower than NC for my wife. Still, the PNW is really nice and I don't blame anyone for being there.
     
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  21. Doug MacIVER

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    nor do I, don't bit== about it,(bg) let the folks that put out such stats that you disagree.
    Do not disagree. At the same time two pts. 0 inc. tax and links add up to higher burden for Mainers than Washers? Pt. #2BG always lets us know off topic! Topic,"
    Anyone else still burning wood? "

     
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  22. WiscWoody

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    I see Sunday nights low is now forecasted to be a chilly 17::F and just above that on other nights soon. I’m hoping we don’t get much of the big storm coming in tomorrow night. I just got done pulling a AC coil that someone put on the furnace here but it was never used, the house is small and a window AC is enough to cool the place..anyways, the flame rollout has been tripping on my furnace and I found out that’s a indication of a bad heat exchanger. I found 3 holes and 2 cracked seams on the exchanger so it’s wood heat only for the rest of the heating season.
     
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  23. MTY

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    Off and to take the damp chill off. The snow is gone, but the rain is constant. The Clearwater is out of its banks in some places.
     
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  24. SpaceBus

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    I think we now have 10" of snow on the ground... It just keeps coming.
     
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  25. thewoodlands

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    I can't like that post, we received about an inch of snow overnight so hopefully we get some sun tomorrow which should take care of it.
     
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