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Posted By WoodpileOCD,
Dec 2, 2011 at 3:32 AM
I do believe I am with pen on this one.
Eh...Hoss beat me to it-mine burns regular 'ol wood though...
The only time mine comes on is when I make it come on, otherwise, no furnace action here.
Only once a month test to make sure it operates AS BACK UP to the insert.
"When I hear the furnace kick on", I must be dreaming. Literally.
Both of 'em are unplugged with gas turned off.
* ducks for cover *
At 77 cents a therm I don't freak out when the boiler fires up. I certainly prefer the stove but when I cant burn (either due to work or mild weather) I appreciate the whistle of the radiator vents. Sitting next to a big iron steam radiator isnt too bad.
the hair on the back of my neck stands up
gas: $7.70 Per Million Btu
fuel oil: $28.84 Per Million Btu
Wood (I pay for mine) : $8.75 Per Million Btu
heat pump (estimate for mine): $16-18 Per Million Btu
This isnt considering delivery efficiency (mid 80's for natural gas, 82% for my oil burner, I think 72% for the wood stove).
At those prices... run your natural gas furnace all day long! Wish i could get natural gas at my house...
I exaggerate. There are also delivery charges so I think the total for gas comes out to around $1.15 or $1.20 to the house... Steam boiler is 83% and the stove is 75ish. Its close but wood still has a slight price benefit for me (About half I bought at summer prices $150ish and half I cut).
Even at break even I would burn wood though
...why wouldn't you just turn your furnace off if the thought/cost of using it is problematic? If the wife and I fall asleep before stocking the fireplace up for a nightly burn such that the fire goes out (for example), it's worth the cost not to wake up to a chilly house and have to start a fire just for the 45 minutes it takes to get ready for work.
Same here, natural gas runs around $1.15/ccf all said and done.
I say around $500-600/winter to heat with wood and I keep the house much warmer as well. 68* is "ok" but low 70s is much better.
know somebody is in the shower...