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Friday Favorite: Wood Heat

December 30th, 2016

‘Tis the season for heating the house, around here that means firewood. Every couple days we carry in wood, stacking a little by the stove in the kitchen and a little in the entryway.
Wood heat a warm heat, probably because it’s a radiant type heat. There’s nothing better than sitting by the woodstove on a cold winter evening circling seeds to order in my catalogs.

Have you ever experienced wood heat?

6 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Wood Heat”
  1. Marina on December 30, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I love wood heat! We don’t have it in our house, but our daughter does. We enjoy her stove when we visit.
    Your spruced up entryway looks very nice!

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  2. Ann on December 30, 2016 at 8:25 am

    We live in midsouth Tennessee, not the coldest spot in the country. But still plenty cold enough to need to heat. We have a smaller wood stove than some but it heats our 2,000 sq ft house plenty well.

    We love the heat from the stove compared to the whole house propane furnace. In the past we bought at least a cord of wood at an average price of about $150.00. That was usually delivered. It would consist of various hardwoods not always split how we needed for our stove size. But it was still cheaper than using propane and kept us more comfy.

    But this year we had a sawmill move into our little berg. They only saw hickory for 1 particular vendor. The way they do what they do, leaves behind random length pieces that are usually about 6″ X 6″. But they sell a pallet full that measures 4′ X 4′ X 4′. But because they are all still square there is virtually no air space at all in that pallet, thus more actual wood per half cord. plus sometimes they just stack it higher than the 4′, when at the end of the day they want to clean up and no new pallet had been started. And you know hickory is a good burning wood so in all honesty we probably get a cord worth of BTU’s out of that 1 pallet. And you know what we pay?? $20.00 bucks. How amazing is that? We are trying to keep it to just locals but I can talk about it here without anybody finding out and coming and getting all our local wood, LOL. Unfortunately we did not start getting our wood from there soon enough so not all of it is seasoned enough yet. But we plan on getting next years wood much sooner. Now that we know the foreman and seem to be one of his more favorite customers so he will make sure our name doesn’t get shuffled on the list of waiting customers.

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  3. Nebraska Dave on December 30, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Susy, the only wood heat I’ve experienced is a bonfire. My grand parents had a pot bellied stove but they burned coal in it. Corn cobs went into the cook stove. Wood on the plains of Nebraska was not in abundance. Most of the trees were planted for wind breaks around the buildings. Many of the heating stoves as I grew up were fuel oil and transferred to propane when it became readily available. The first house I bought in St. Louis had a fuel oil furnace. A 250 gallon tank of fuel oil was in my basement. Now that I look back on it, it probably wasn’t the safest thing. I converted it into natural gas soon after I purchased the house. A loose pickup load of wood here in Nebraska split and delivered will cost about $250. I expect it’s about 1/3 of cord.

    Have a great wood stove heating day.

    Nebraska Dave

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  4. KT on December 30, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    My grandparents had a big wood cookstove in the kitchen, wood heater stove in living room, and a big wood furnace in the cellar. The big old farmhouse seemed always warm and cozy. I have many memories of growing up with the wood heat, wish I still had it today (with someone to cut and stack the wood.)

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  5. Myra S. on January 2, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    We’ve heated with wood for most of the last 39 years. Hubs has always worked in the sawmill industry; thankfully we’ve never had to buy our wood. We’ve used a stove lined with firebrick, a stove made from a 55-gallon drum, and our favorite, a little Jotul bought in 1988 that has traveled to 3 houses with us. There’s nothing like wood heat for a comfortable cabin and the smell of wood smoke outside on a cold damp day can’t be beat. A couple years ago our daughter gave us a canvas sling to carry wood from the deck to the rack inside. What an arm saver!

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  6. Kristen on January 4, 2017 at 1:27 am

    I grew up with wood heat and a wood cook stove. My parents still have the wood cook stove but have put in a propane stove for heating their parlor. We were at their house over New Year’s and every morning my dad made a fire in the stove and cooked our breakfast eggs on it. My husband and I had a wood heat stove put in our house a year ago. A few weeks after we put it in we had a widespread power outage. We felt so smug! It is definitely a warm cozy heat.

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