Propane vs Electric vs Wood heat? Who Wins?

Frogburner Posted By Frogburner, May 7, 2019 at 9:28 PM

  1. Frogburner

    Member 2.

    Feb 23, 2017
    This post may get hot, but that's what we want, so here we go.
    You all have heard people talk about, wood boilers dont pay off, or why didn't you just get a propane boiler? I get tired of hearing negative about wood burning, we burn it in the winter to heat the house and the hot water. I myself believe it is the only way to go. Being from Southeast Missouri, our winters aren't near as hard as others, but I still believe if you have they supply then why not use it. What's everyone else's opinions on how to keep the house warm in the winter. Going out and loading the stove doesnt bother me after working in the cold all day.
  2. maple1

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Sep 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    All comes down to preferences. Sometimes changing ones.

    Each year that goes by I find more things I'd rather do than handle wood. Even though I like making firewood.
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  3. shawntitan

    Member 2.

    Dec 7, 2007
    I’m also in a warmer climate than many people here (Southern NJ) I run a traditional New Yorker boiler, in a shed 75' from the house, tied in to a coil in my existing hot air oil furnace. Put it out there because there wasn't enough headroom in my basement/to keep the mess outside... Debated back and forth on buying a gasification boiler... Probably made the wrong choice, but in 2007 when I was shopping, gasification was totally unheard of here in NJ, and I was afraid to take that kind of shot on technology I knew nothing about... Also, that was during a big rush on wood burning devices related to the rising price of oil, so my options for ANY wood boilers were seriously limited. It seems like gasification boiler/storage set ups really works best for radiant heat, which I don't have, however...Struggled the first years with too much creosote/short burn times... Switched to coal and haven't really looked back ( I was buying my firewood anyhow) I debate still if the investment (10k+) was worth it, based on how much oil I was burning (600-700 gallons a year including my DHW) but it's money already spent, so I just go with it... It DOES feel good knowing my money is going to a coal mine in PA, instead of some oil company... Natural gas isn’t an option where I live, although I tell my wife, when I finally get my set up running 100% to my liking, they’ll finally run it to my house.
  4. Medic21

    Feeling the Heat 2.

    Feb 26, 2017
    Northern Indiana
    Bang for the buck, propane hands down right now. A few years ago electric would have been cheaper around here.

    And, I did pay almost $4 a gallon for propane in the recent past, so....

    It is impossible to put a true dollar value on wood burning unless you buy all your wood cut, split, seasoned, and stacked for yourself. In that scenario the cost would be more than and petroleum product available. I will probably recoup this cost from the boiler I’m installing when it’s time to replace it.

    I will have a lot of fun and spend a lot of days in the woods with my son and, there is no way to place a value on that either.
  5. TCaldwell

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Oct 26, 2007
    860-868-9014 h 203 948 0864 c nw corner ct.
    Wood is a lifestyle, some embrace, some say it’s too much work. I’ll burn until I am physically unable, regardless of the economics. I enjoy the time in the boiler barn, it’s relaxing! The wood processing is my gym. The whole process has exposed me challenges that would have been overlooked if I just decided to turn up the thermostat.
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