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? isit only the foolish that heat with wood?

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by chucker, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. chucker

    chucker Addicted to ArboristSite

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    is it just me or do only the foolish heat with wood when there are other alternatives to keeping warm? simple question I "WOOD" guess! lol
     
  2. grizz55chev

    grizz55chev Tree Freak

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    Its just you.:D
     
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    When it’s cold, I like to be warm. Is that foolish?
     
  4. pauljoseph

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    Seems to fit in with some other threads on here recently, and yes. I’m a fool.
     
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    Firewood is free, free gym membership, enjoy being outside, do not have to see propane truck, electric bill remains lower, use all the hot water you want, get to fiddle with chainsaws, help out local family heat their home (husband had a stroke), like the smell of 2 stoke burning, get a sense of accomplishment when tree drops right on stake I was aiming for, Etc, etc.

    Why would a person not?
     
  6. svk

    svk A little bit of everything

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    In reality I could sell the wood that I burn instead of burning it myself, buy propane, and break even.

    Or I could work extra and probably be better off.

    I think some guys like us just like to be busy and putter with wood all winter (shrug).
     
  7. chipper1

    chipper1 Living Life to the Full

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    I enjoy spending money on saws, fuel, chains, sharpening equipment so that I can save a couple bucks on heating lol.
     
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    We enjoy our trips into the Forest wood cutting, I enjoy running the saws, and the exercise I get, I lose weight wood cutting, and Husky Man is Stihl a bit Huskier than he likes.

    A Realtor would say that Forced Air Electric is our Primary Heat Source, but that is a Real Budget Buster. We heat almost exclusively with wood, unless we are away from home over night, that is the only time our furnace gets used. We not only Enjoy having a Fire burning, but the woodstove keeps the house Warmer than we would with other heat sources

    It is More Work, No Doubt about that, but it is worth it to us


    Doug :cheers:
     
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    It’s most certainly foolish for me but I still seem to do it.

    I can work a couple Saturdays at my job and pay my Ng. bill for the whole heating season but feeding the wood furnace is still something I enjoy.
     
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    chipper1 Living Life to the Full

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    Nice to have NG, I won't support the propane company.
    When we bought the place I looked at the options and we decided on the indoor wood stove. When I get the pole building done I may get an OWB, but for now this works well for us. We heat almost 100% with firewood, the rest is with a pellet stove, mainly to help when it's real cold out or I don't feel like going outside to get wood.
     
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    It saves us much more than a couple bucks a month, I figure more than a couple HUNDRED Bucks a Month, on our heating bill.

    Granted the ROI, would be several years, and would be much faster if I hadn’t become afflicted with CAD;), but the saws and cutting I also consider a Hobby, and the value of the Enjoyment is incalculable

    As with my Model Railroading Hobby, I considered my Trains an Investment, just as an investment my Sanity (which is Questionable, dependent on who you ask) rather than a Financial Investment. I view my wood cutting gear in a similar light, but with an ROI, even if not a large one.


    Doug :cheers:
     
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    I like the heat, way nicer than propane. Just a warmer feeling. Also wanted heat for when power goes out. I like cutting and splitting too, so win win. Garage has floor heat from electric boiler.
     
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    That's me. I "wood" all year. Winter is for split/pile (just came in from 1.5 hour of manual splitting. I was getting through the 'to be split' piles too fast. 'wooding' is what keeps me able to do physical things at 84. I'd probably be long dead if I hadn't kept cutting, splitting, piling long past needing any wood. Got more in the pasture now than I'll ever burn.
     
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    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    I get paid to take out the occasional tree, and therefore I get paid to heat my house with that wood.

    It’s better for the environment. Trees left to rot on their own give off the same amount of carbon. Might as well use them for heat, saving fossil fuels for the chainsaws.

    Add those to the long list of reasons to heat with wood.



    Power outage, anyone?
     
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    Can somebody tag Chucker on this so that he knows his wife hacked his account?
    I have close to $100g's of wooding equipment, of course I love saving $500 in propane each heating month.
    " I'm all about investing wisely", said no firewooder ever.
     
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    Its foolish to buy wood and heat with it but if you have 500 dead ash trees then it would be foolish not to.
     
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    MNGuns Cut, Split, Repeat....

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    Ain't no good at fishing and can't dance...so firewood it is for me.
     
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    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Enthusiast

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    Foolish? That would be burning an open fire outside to heat your home indoors, therefore I am not a fool, and rightly so - not foolish. Next question...
     
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    The fellow who lived down the road from my old house was probably crazy. He had a barrel stove in the middle of the house. He’d cut trees small enough to drag and stick the butt end into the stove. If the tree was too long, he’d just leave the front door open until it was short enough to be able to close the door.
     
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    Foolish ?
    I'm sitting here watching a football game, drinking tequila at 73 degrees......yeah foolish.
     

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