Wood heating isn't free, the good life

Seasoned Oak

Minister of Fire
Oct 17, 2008
7,048
Eastern Central PA
. I tried to go it without a splitter, but my declining health refused. Now I have a decent hydraulic splitter, a tractor, and a few attachments, but
I can honestly say iv been a wood burner for about 12 yrs have multiple stoves and have never once split a piece of wood with an ax. Dont actually even own an ax. When i do have to split wood its with a 30 ton splitter or more that i rent. If i cant get thru some of those rounds with a 30 ton i certainly would never do it by hand.
 

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
887
Palmyra, WI
So like anything else, some diminishing returns going on. It would take some effort, but little outlay to gather a cord for a year. But a fully maintained fleet of equipment to do 100.
When equipment is doing double duty it can be written off, and beer can pay a friends help.
 

tadmaz

Feeling the Heat
Dec 21, 2017
426
Erin, WI
I probably am missing some costs, but I thought I'd run through a 20 year comparison versus propane, assuming the stove, saw, and splitter are good for 20 years. I had a truck 8 years before I start burning, but even adding in its cost of $12000 I guess I would break even. Without the truck figured in, wood burning possibly is cheaper over the long haul.
 

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Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
887
Palmyra, WI
I probably am missing some costs, but I thought I'd run through a 20 year comparison versus propane, assuming the stove, saw, and splitter are good for 20 years. I had a truck 8 years before I start burning, but even adding in its cost of $12000 I guess I would break even. Without the truck figured in, wood burning possibly is cheaper over the long haul.
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Feb 2, 2020
93
Madison, WI
Yup wood heat isn't "free" in the sense that you will likely spend tons of money acquiring the tools to make wood heating successful. For me it's just the fact that I enjoy being outside and processing the wood, or cutting down the trees, and of course the burning of it and seeing my furnace kick on less than 12 times a year :)

I love the wood heating lifestyle and its certainly not for everyone. More so if you don't have the right tools.

This is my favorite video on the matter, from the Life in Farmland YouTube channel:

 
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brenndatomu

Minister of Fire
Aug 21, 2013
4,957
NE Ohio

Sodbuster

Minister of Fire
Sep 22, 2012
1,445
Michigan
For me it's now just peace of mind, no matter what happens in the world, my family will be warm.
 

Easy Livin’ 3000

Minister of Fire
Dec 23, 2015
2,668
SEPA
For me it's now just peace of mind, no matter what happens in the world, my family will be warm.
Damn sodbusters...

Roy Suggs : What did you find?
Dan Suggs : Nothing but his old watch. Damn sodbusters!
Jake Spoon : You shot those two men for a watch?
Dan Suggs : Shot 'em, now I'm going to hang 'em.
Eddie Suggs : Hang 'em? Dang, you beat all! I've never heard of hanging dead men.
Dan Suggs : Shot 'em, now I'm gonna hang 'em, then I'm gonna burn 'em! Damn sodbusters.

 
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Grizzerbear

Minister of Fire
Feb 12, 2019
575
SW Missoura
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