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Fire fuel for heating - what do you use?

Discussion in 'Everything Else Energy' started by sumi, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Sep 6, 2017
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    It's a good feeling to know you've got it coming...and if you get more for free - BONUS!
     
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    Joel_BC

    Joel_BC Almost Self-Reliant

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    Interesting thread, sumi.

    Most of the terrain around here—up from the river, lake and creeks—is covered with conifers: cedar, hemlock, larch, and various types of fir, pine, and spruce. Around the water we have poplar-family trees, birch, some cedar, and here and there aspen, alder, or yew.

    We use cedar for kindling and the preferred firewood is birch (hottest fire), larch, and Douglas fir. Our house is about 960 sq ft in the basement and first (main) floor, and 600 sq ft on the second floor. We mostly don't heat the basement in winter, though it gets some benefit from the fact that we deliberately heat the main floor.

    We have an efficient woodburning furnace (with a plenum/ducting system) in our basement. But we have a far more efficient woodburning insert in the old brick fireplace on the main floor, which is what we usually rely on. We only use the furnace if we get a real cold snap and need the forced air from the ducting to warm the house's furthest corners.
     
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