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I’m in the minority, that is for sure.  There just aren’t that many people out there that heat their homes in the wintertime with wood burning stoves.  Not in the United States, at least.  Most of my friends think I’m nuts.  They prefer to simply flip the switch on the thermostat and adjust the dial to suit their comfort.

I was late this year getting all of my firewood processed for winter.  My goal is to be at least an entire year ahead of the game, but with the new baby last fall, and starting back to school this spring, I fell behind on some of my chores.  To try to make up for my late start, I left my winter fuel stacked in rows in the yard a little later than usual to give them a little more time to dry out in the sun and wind.

Today was a beautiful day.  The temperature was about 70 degrees, and the sun was shining.  That isn’t normal for November in Central Ohio.  The temperatures are supposed to drop steadily over the next 24 hours, back to a more seasonal weather pattern that looks like it’s going to stick around.  Winter will be here before I know it!  This was my chance to get my firewood moved into the garage before winter sets in.

For the past 3 years, Becky and I have moved our firewood into our attached garage in October.  The garage keeps the wood dry, and allows for easy access when it is time to reload the stove.  It beats the heck out of fighting with tarps.  Tarps get blown around by the wind and get loaded down with snow and ice.

It was always difficult to crawling out of bed early in the morning in the dead of winter knowing that I had to go outside to grab an armload of wood from under a snow covered tarp in single digit temperatures.  By moving the wood indoors, I get all the benefits of wood heat (cozy warm house, beautiful fire to watch, and cheap to operate), without one of the biggest drawbacks.

My stacks are moved the chimney is cleaned.  I’m ready for winter.  Bring on the holidays!

Load #1

Load #1

When I wrote about my new truck a couple months ago, I mentioned always being on the lookout for a “score”.  Well, this one was a good one, and proves that it pays to knock on doors.

For the last month or so, I’ve been looking at this pile of wood that we pass every day going to and from work.  On Friday evening, we decided to stop and ask the owner of the house if he had any plans for it.  He told me that he did not and asked “Do you want it?  You can take all you want, ’cause I’d love to get it out of my yard.” Click to read more …

The wood burning stove that I installed last winter is paying off big time!  I started this heating season with four cords of firewood and only the propane I had left over from last year.  The needle on the gauge on my propane tank showed exactly 50% (250 gallons), so I thought I’d chance it and skip having Ohio Gas come and top it off.

So far, I have managed to heat the house almost entirely with the wood burning stove.  The furnace has kicked on a few times here and there.  Usually it comes on when we’re away from the house for too long and don’t reload the stove.  It’s also run a few times when I’ve been to lazy to go get firewood and build a fire.

This afternoon, I decided to take a walk to the back of my lot to check the gauge propane tank.  Much to my surprise, the gauge showed 45%!  That’s right!  So far this year, I have only burned 25 gallons of propane.

Not many home improvements can pay for themselves in one year.  It looks like I have enough wood to get through the rest of the season.  By this summer, the woodburner will have paid for itself.

It took me an entire year to get my act together and write up my account of the installation of my Englander 30-NC.  I would like to offer my thoughts, one year later. Click to read more …

Almost exactly one year ago I lit the first fire in my new Wood burning stove.  After nearly a year of research, I selected the Englander 30-NC from England’s Stove Works.  With the help of my father, and the patience of my wife, I tackled the installation myself.  The project ended up taking two months, but it was well worth it.  This is the diary of my installation. Click to read more …